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So… Jay Z’s ‘Picasso Baby’ is Now a Performance Art Film

Remember when Jay Z spent six hours at the Pace Gallery in New York City earlier this month?

You know, that time he lip-synched to “Picasso Baby” in front of museum goers and invited the likes of Judd Apatow, Alan Cumming and the great Marina Abramovic?

Well, we now have a better idea of the finished product, all in the name of performance art.

On Friday, HBO released a 31-second preview of Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film, set to premiere on Aug. 2 at 11 p.m., appropriately following Jay Z’s appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher.

“Rap is painting out loud,” Hova says in the preview voiceover. “And you’re putting your fears and vulnerabilities and insecurities to music… concerts are pretty much performance art.”

Yep.

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Jay Z’s ‘Magna Carta’ is the Country’s No. 1 Album for the Second Week in a Row

Jay Z is still on top.

Nielsen SoundScan’s latest numbers have placed the rapper’s 12th studio album, Magna Carta… Holy Grail on top of the Billboard 200 charts for the second week in a row, beating Sara BareillesThe Blessed Unrest, which sold 68,000 copies domestically. [via MTV]

In third place is children’s album Kidz Bop 24 – the 24th edition of child-friendly covers of pop songs like Taylor Swift‘s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” Selena Gomez‘s “Come & Get It” and Justin Timberlake‘s “Mirrors.”

Despite being on top of the charts, Magna Carta‘s second week performance (129,000 copies) is a 76 percent drop from its official debut week. The 658,000 copies Hova has sold so far does not include the units distributed by Samsung and its nifty app days before the album hit stores and iTunes.

Jay Z and JT recently kicked off their Legends of the Summer stadium tour. The duo is scheduled to play in San Francisco on Friday, before dropping by Pasadena, Calif. and Vancouver, Canada to wrap the month. August dates include stops in Detroit, Boston and Philadelphia.






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Beyoncé Gets Surprise Kiss Onstage

Her face said it all.

Beyoncé got a big surprise when her husband, Jay-Z, walked out on stage while she was performing in Philadelphia on Thursday night.

The singer was in the middle of introducing her dancers and band when he snuck up behind her, grabbing her around the waist and planting a kiss on her cheek. As the crowd went wild, he rushed off stage.

Beyoncé posted the pics of the sweet moment on her tumblr blog, and it’s clear by the expression on her face that it wasn’t a pre-planned appearance by her husband.

Jay-Z and the couple’s daughter, Blue Ivy, have been accompanying Beyoncé on some of the dates of her Mrs. Carter World Tour.

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