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Jackson hologram performs 'Slave to the Rhythm' at 2014 BBMA

By Alyssa Sellors     May 19, 2014 in Entertainment
Michael Jackson fans were floored when the King of Pop himself "made an appearance" of sorts on stage at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards that aired this past Sunday night, May 18th.
Performing his new hit, “Slave to the Rhythm” off of his posthumous album “Xscape,” released May 9th and debuting at No. 1 in 50 countries, Michael Jackson himself was raised from the dead in an impressive performance that only Jackson could achieve.
What’s more shocking than the image of Jackson singing and dancing to “Slave to the Rhythm,” was the technology and development involved in the over six months of planning for the holographic image and choreography for the live show.
Produced by Pulse Evolution and Tricycle Logic, the hologram performance that was directed by the Talauega brothers and Jaime King is a revolutionary performance as the dancers actually interacted and danced with Jackson, making the performance like nothing else. Even BBMA director and producer Larry Klein was impressed by the final product saying, “We’ve been talking about it for the last five months and while we were talking about it they were still inventing the process.” BBMA producers Dick Clark Productions even built a special stage especially used for this performance to allow dancers to move through aisles as Jackson appeared on stage.
But this performance was not without controversy as a “federal judge in Nevada dismissed a lawsuit brought by Hologram USA and Musion Das Hologram Ltd. to stop the performance” after the companies argued that the awards show did not have permission to use this patented technology, reports Daily News. While other companies have put on similar performances with former famed stars like Tupac and Elivis, this performance was like nothing else with the choreology and additional special effects, reminding us that the King of Pop is in some ways still very alive and well.
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