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Music Wrap-Up: Will.I.Am As New 'Idol' Judge, Jay Z's HBO Documentary + More

August 2nd, 2013 1:28pm EDT | Samantha Greaves By: Samantha Greaves
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It’s Friday and I must say that it’s been a bit of a quiet week for music. But don’t you worry your pretty little heads. Pull yourself away from the photo of Bow Wow locking lips with Tyra Banks long enough to check out some of the news you may have missed this week in Hip Hop and R&B.

Will.I.Am rumored to join American Idol as a judge

There’s a rumor going around regarding season 13 of the long-running talent show "American Idol." According to a report, Will.I.Am is gearing up to sit in the judges’ seat this coming season of "American Idol." The rumor also suggests that Jennifer Lopez, affectionately known as J.Lo, is set to return as a judge. J.Lo’s return isn’t set in stone just yet, there seems to be some fine-tuning going on with her deal. What is already set in stone is that last season’s judge Keith Urban will be returning. This is shaping up to be an interesting panel of judges. All of them have some level of talent and interesting personalities. I wonder who will be the mean judge this season. There must always be a grouch you know.

Jay Z’s HBO Documentary “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film” to premiere tonight

Are you ready for a Jay Z-filled Friday? It seems everyone can’t keep Jay’s name off their tongues, me included, and this will keep tongues wagging. So, in July, the Brooklyn rapper held an event at Pace Gallery in New York where he performed his single “Picasso Baby” (off of his latest release "Magna Carta…Holy Grail") for 6-hours straight. It was labeled a performance art piece and many of those in attendance believed that the footage would be used for a music video. Turns out, Jay Z decided to use the footage for a documentary that is set to air on HBO. The sneak peek of the doc shows Jay interacting with the crowd that was made up of actors, artists, and a lucky kid among many others. What a wonderful way to drill your song into people’s heads, yes? “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film” is scheduled to air today, August 2, at 11pm EST following Jay Z’s appearance on "Real Time With Bill Maher" at 10pm.