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Billboard Music Awards: Michael Jackson hologram gets the green light

Michael Jackson may end up being the talk of the Billboard Music Awards. According to a report by the Los Angeles Times on Saturday, the late King of Pop will perform during the awards show as a hologram. The event that was already described as a “history-making performance” was given the green light by a federal judge after he rejected a lawsuit from tech companies to stop the performance.

 Crystal glove worn by Michael Jackson is displayed at Julien's Auctions' Music Icons, Legends and Rebels Exhibit press preview at Hard Rock Cafe, Times Square on May 13, 2014 in New York City.
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Hologram USA Inc. and Musion Das Hologram Ltd. filed the suit on Thursday as arguing that a competitor was using one of their products without their permission to create the image of Michael Jackson, an image that will be used in Jackson’s performance of “Slave to the Rhythm,” from the new “Xscape” album. But because they weren’t able to provide enough evidence, judge Kent Dawson ruled that the show will go on.

Although the emergency lawsuit may have ruined any secrecy surrounding the performance, sources affiliated with the show hope that the “technology is so spectacular and groundbreaking” that it will still add an element of surprise to the show. Bringing back the King of Pop through technology will be exciting in itself, but Jackson has been brought back and kept alive through the magic of his voice as evidenced by the recent release of his new “Xscape” album.

The album, which was released on May 13, contains unreleased Michael Jackson songs that were “contemporized” by producers such as Timbaland, Rodney Jenkins and Stargate. Collaborations, such as the one with Justin Timberlake in “Love Never Felt So Good,” help connect Jackson’s music to a newer generation while older generations celebrate and reconnect to his legacy as a pop star and a performer.

Epic Records chairman and CEO L.A. Reid, who executive produced the album, said in a statement that they “are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world.” The 2014 Billboard Music Awards will air on Sunday, May 18 at 8 p.m. on ABC.