April 3, 2014 9:18
MIA and Janelle Monáe to duet by hologram
Pair will appear onstage together, despite performing in different US cities
The pair will both play shows to mark the launch of the new Audi A3 car this evening (March 3) and, as Pitchfork reports, will appear onstage together despite being in different US cities.
MIA is performing in New York while Monáe will play a show in Los Angeles, but will be brought together onstage by technology. It is reportedly "the first hologram performance with integrated video mapping" and "utilises 3D projection mapping to add layered depth of field perception with animated graphic content, the result of which will be an electric never-before-seen 3D bi-coastal performance".
It was reported last month (March 17) that MIA had asked Madonna for financial help after the NFL demanded she pay them $16.6m (£9.1m) in compensation for showing her middle finger during the 2012 Super Bowl half-time show. The singer had previously accused the American football governing body of making a "scapegoat" of her.
Janelle Monáe, meanwhile, has recorded a cover of David Bowie's 'Heroes'. Her version of the track, which you can listen to below, is being used to soundtrack a global Pepsi Max FutbolNow commercial featuring Monáe on the streets of 2014 World Cup host city Rio De Janeiro, alongside a number of footballers including Robin van Persie, David Luiz, Sergio Agüero and Lionel Messi.
Speaking to NME, Monáe said: "I'm a huge David Bowie lover and comrade and he has been part of my musical DNA for quite some time. The song just emboldens me as an artist and I wanted to embolden the people as well. It makes me feel as though we can break through any chains we may have shackling us as a humanity. It's very hopeful and inspirational, and I think we can never have enough of that."
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