“Young Forever” is the fifth single by American hip hop rapper Jay-Z from his album The Blueprint 3 off the Roc Nation label. The song was produced by Kanye West. It is a rework of Alphaville’s 1984 song “Forever Young”: the original melody is retained, British singer Mr. Hudson sings the original lyrics (primarily during the first verse and the chorus), and Jay-Z raps during the following verses in place of the original song’s additional verses.
It was released as the third official single in the United Kingdom (“D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)” was never officially released there). In that country, the song was originally scheduled to be released on the same day as Mr. Hudson’s other collaboration with N-Dubz, “Playing with Fire”, but the single was pushed back until January 25, 2010.
The song has been performed several times by Jay-Z accompanied by his wife, R&B singer Beyoncé in place of Mr. Hudson, such as at the 2010 Coachella festival where Jay-Z was a headline act. Jay-Z brought out Beyoncé as a surprise guest and performed the closing song of the night. The couple also performed the song on New Year’s Eve in 2010 at a concert at the Las Vegas Cosmopolitan Hotel