In the words of Soul to Soul’s: “Back to Life, Back to Reality” at tonight’s Billboard Awards, those lyrics will be literal.
Via a hologram image, (and although tight-lipped about the details) word has it that the soul of Michael Jackson will be arisen, escape, and make its way onto the stage of this year’s Billboard Awards for a few minutes in support of his posthumous album: Xscape-debuting what is slated to be a “history making performance” singing a song from the album called “Slave to the Rhythm.”
Lawsuits filed by two tech companies against getting the groundbreaking hologram technology were obviously thwarted, because from the looks of things, the show will go on.
Musion Das Hologram Unlimited, and Hologram U.S.A Inc. (who first, acquired the rights and patent from Digital Domain and in 2012 at Coachella Festival, premiered Tupac Shakur’s hologram performance) wanted the Michael Jackson performance blocked claiming their product was being used by a competitor in order to create an image of Michael Jackson.
The case did go to court however-it was thrown out, as the judge concluded there was not enough evidence to support the claimant’s accusations that their technology patent had been used to create the hologram, nor was there enough evidence to support the claimant’s claims that the Billboard Award’s tight-lipped plans would violate patents.
Other Side of the Fame gave you the G’s on the 8-song “Xscape” album which was released as scheduled [on May 13]. It was produced and modernized by super producers Rodney Jerkins, Timbaland and Stargate and executive produced by Epic Records exec L.A Reid.
Before Michael Jackson’s relationship with Columbia/Sony, Epic Records was the record making home of Michael Jackson-the home from where his most notoriously successful albums “Off the Wall” and “Thriller” were released.
The 2014 Billboard Music Awards airs on tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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