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Michael Jackson hits the stage as hologram at Billboard Music Awards

Five years removed since his untimely death, Michael Jackson was in rare form as he shocked and amazed spectators at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards where a hologram of the late King of Pop took front and center to perform the Timbaland-produced single “Slave to the Rhythm” – a new track that lives on the latest posthumous MJ project "Xscape" -- which was released last week on May 13.

Michael Jackson hologram appears at Billboard Music Awards
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Similar to the much controversial Tupac digital performance at 2012’s Coachella festival, the technological depiction of Jackson was uncannily realistic, as it glided across the stage and also mimicking the late pop star’s every move, even busting out the infamous Moonwalk dance for good measure.

And of course, many fans were in an uproar about the latest crack at the now ill-reputed hologram enactments, while some music enthusiasts enjoyed every single second of the soon-to-be ballyhooed [visual] presentation. Let us know what you thought about this in the comment section. MJ’s "Xscape" album, which is expected to sell approximately 120-140k units in its first week of release, is now available on iTunes and Amazon.

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