Will.i.am and Jamie Foxx To Debut Song on ‘American Idol’

Will.i.am and Jamie Foxx will debut their new track from the upcoming animated film Rio on American Idol.

“Hot Wings (I Wanna Party)” is a duet between will.i.am and Jamie Foxx in the film that opens Apr. 15. The song is not being released as a single, but will.i.am believes the song will become “a viral baton that is, in a sense, a single.”

“Nowadays, anything can get cut up and become a viral single,” will.i.am told Billboard.com during a phone interview from Rio de Janeiro, where the movie’s premiere is tonight. “I’m glad to be performing on ‘Idol.’ That will be a single, and the scene in the film acts as a music video.”

Foxx said he has spoken with will.i.am and Swizz Beatz about contributing to his R&B/Hip-hop-themed animated feature, “Welcome to the Jungle.” The film, announced a year ago, is still in the script stage, he says.

Jamie Foxx to be feted at Siskel benefit

Robert Downey Jr. will interview  Jamie Foxx at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago on June 4 during the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s annual benefit.

Foxx, who co-starred with Downey Jr. in 2009’s “The Soloist” and 2010’s “Due Date,” will be presented with the Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award. Downey Jr. received the award at the 2010 benefit.

For tickets, call 312-846-2072 or email Joel Mangers at jmangers@saic.edu.

Funds raised from A Night with Jamie Foxx support excellent programming and educational initiatives of the Gene Siskel Film Center.