The legend – Michael Jackson lives on. The most talked about performance of the night from the 2014 Billboard Music Awards was given by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Five years after his passing, Michael performed his song ‘Slave to the Rhythm’ from his latest album ‘Xscape.’ With the incredible technology at our disposal today, you are led to think that you were actually watching the performer on stage. However, the performance was computer generated. The song has never been performed live by Michael. The song was recorded in 1991, but never released.
According to cbs news, the performance was almost canceled. The company that claims ownership to the hologram technology did not want it to happen. The company has patent’s behind Tupac’s legendary hologram performance at Coachella. Any plans to intercept the performance were denied by the judge in court on Friday.
There is no question that the fact that technology has the capability of brining our favorite artists back to life is quite impressive. The question in this performance lies in whether or not it will give us nightmares. Accompanied by dancers donned with shields and armor, it was a creepy few minutes. The realness in his appearance alone is enough to creep you out beyond the point of the thriller video, according to Buzzfeed.
If Michael was still alive, he probably would have been in the middle of a world tour and not actually in attendance at the Billboard Music Awards. When is an artist allowed to rest? With the rise in this advanced technology, artists will be going on world tours and releasing hit albums when they’re not physically present.
The performance received mixed reviews on social media. Some praised the tribute saying it brought tears to their eyes to see Michael on stage again, hologram or not. And others, did not appreciate the act as much, saying that it was creepy to see him up there. Do you find it creepy? What do you think?