Michael Jackson hologram to appear at Billboard Music Awards

The hologram will perform 'Slave to the Rhythm' from posthumous album 'Xscape'

A Michael Jackson hologram is set to appear at the Billboard Music Awards tonight (May 18).

The performance was supposed to be a secret, but a ruling by a federal judge which rejected a lawsuit from hologram companies Hologram USA Inc and Musion Das Hologram Ltd – who made the Tupac hologram at 2012’s Coachella Festival and hoped to stop the performance – made the news of the event public, reports LA Times.

The hologram will perform ‘Slave to the Rhythm’ from the late singer’s current posthumous album ‘Xscape’. The hologram companies wanted to the halt the performance after alleging that a competitor was using their technology without their permission. Judge Kent Dawson said there was insufficient evidence to prove that Hologram USA Inc and Musion Das Hologram Ltd’s patents were being used for the Jackson hologram. The Billboard Awards take place tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Jackson’s posthumous release ‘Xscape’ was released on Monday (May 12) and looks set to go straight to Number One in the UK tonight. The album includes eight unreleased songs worked on by contemporary artists and producers, including Timbaland and Stargate. The album is the project of executive producer LA Reid, who was granted unlimited access to four decades’ worth of Jackson’s vocal material.

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Jackson’s closest competition in the Official UK Album Charts this week comes from The Black Keys. Speaking about the release of a new album from the King Of Pop, Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney said: “[It’s] some fucking bullshit that sucks so bad that it took them three years after he died to make it listenable.”