Jay-Z playing 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' track for six hours in New York gallery

The rapper performed the song 'Picasso Baby' with artist Marina Abramovic

Photo: Next Previous

Photo Gallery: Jay-Z

Jay-Z is performing 'Picasso Baby' from his new album 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' for six hours straight in a New York gallery.

At the time of writing, the rapper was in the middle of the performance art piece at the Pace Gallery in Manhattan. The stunt is taking place in order to create a video for the song and Girls actor Adam Driver, Judd Apatow and artist Marina Abramovic are in attendance at the shoot. Scroll down to view a Vine video of Jay-Z performing with Abramovic.

The performance is similar to The National's recent collaboration with artist Ragnar Kjartansson, in which the Brooklyn band played their song 'Sorrow' live for six hours straight at the Moma PS1 gallery in Long Island City, New York in May. The band played the 'High Violet' track over and over in a collaboration called A Lot Of Sorrow, performing the track 105 times.

Jay-Z is currently on course to have his first Number One album in the UK this weekend with 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' comfortably outselling its nearest rival, Michael Bublé’s 'To Be Loved.' The album is set to be Jay-Z's eighth top 40 hit in total. Jay-Z's previous highest charting album was in 2011 when 'Watch The Throne', a collaborative album with Kanye West, hit Number Three.

According to Official Chart Company data, the rapper's album will knock Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' from the top spot following a sales boost for the London band off the back of their Glastonbury headline slot.


Read More On This Artist

More News
SBTRKT streams new song 'The Light' featuring Denai Moore - listen
George Ezra covers Cyndi Lauper's 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' - watch
Foo Fighters pay tribute to late Gwar frontman Oderus Urungus at crowdfunded gig
James Blake unveils new song on BBC Radio 1 show
David Bowie to release new album 'soon', says producer Tony Visconti
Six Iranians sentenced to prison and lashings for dancing to Pharrell's 'Happy' in...
All We Are announce January 2015 release date for debut album – hear first song now
Yorkshire artists cover Gang Of Four's 'Entertainment!' in special Cassette Store...
Guildford venue The Boileroom saved from closure
Richard Hawley to reissue first three albums on vinyl
Johnny Marr reveals new single 'The Trap'
Flying Lotus reveals new song 'Coronus, The Terminator' – listen
Former member of Tatu says she would 'condemn a gay son' in homophobic TV interview
Manchester orchestra covers Oasis, Sex Pistols and The Smiths – listen
Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duet to feature on new Queen album 'Queen Forever'
Paul Weller backs campaign to save Guildford venue The Boileroom
Prince reveals new song 'FUNKNROLL' – listen
Guided By Voices announce split and end 'comeback run' with immediate effect
Gwar replace late frontman Oderus Urungus with new singer Vulvatron
Eminem and Sia unveil lyric video for new track 'Guts Over Fear' – watch
Musicians react as Scottish voters reject independence in historic referendum
Laura Jane Grace tweets about 'shitbag' ex-Against Me drummer rumoured to have joined...

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today