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Billboard Awards given OK to use Michael Jackson hologram

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards are Sunday, and one additional pop star may be in attendance: Michael Jackson. Well, his likeness may appear on stage, anyway.

A federal judge ruled on Friday that the show’s producers will be allowed to go ahead with plans to use a hologram of the deceased music legend in a performance promoting the singer’s latest posthumous album, Xscape. Judge Kent Dawson said there wasn’t enough evidence to show that use of the 3-D image violates patents held by Hologram USA Inc. and Musion Das Hologram Ltd. Those companies, which brought rapper Tupac Shakur “back to life” at Coachella in 2012, filed an emergency lawsuit on Thursday, claiming their technology was being used without authorization to depict Jackson performing the song “Slave to the Rhythm.” READ FULL STORY

M.I.A., Janelle Monae perform hologram duet

Singers M.I.A. and Janelle Monae shared the stage during separate concerts on opposite coasts through the magic of holograms.

M.I.A. performed in New York with a 3-D projection of Monae Thursday night while Monae sang on the West Coast with M.I.A.’s likeness.

Both artists have ideas for how they might use performance holograms beyond their bi-coastal duet, which was sponsored by Audi to launch its A3 model.

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Chris Brown drops 'Don't Think They Know' video, featuring Aaliyah hologram: Watch it here

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In his new video for the single “Don’t Think They Know,” C. Breezy opens with two bits of on-screen text: The first is a statistic about children getting shot, and the second is a quote that reads, “Unity is what we are afraid of so fear is insanity. Let’s love each other.” It’s a quote credited to “Not CB, just Christopher.” So: Christopher Brown, armchair philosopher?

Then comes Aaliyah’s disembodied voice, and her projection makes a cameo appearance in the clip (which involves Brown stalking through Los Angeles as both a Blood and a Crip). It’s all very problematic.

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ODB, Eazy-E getting holograms for Rock the Bells tour fest

Get ready for a summer full of H.W.A: Holograms With Attitude.

The touring hip-hop festival Rock the Bells announced its 10th-annual lineup, and a cursory perusal indicates it’s in line with previous iterations, with a mix of exciting new players (Earl Sweatshirt, Black Hippy, Flatbush Zombies) and venerable veterans (Jurassic 5, Common, Rakim).

That’s until get to the bottom of the list, however, and see that this year’s Rock the Bells will include not one but two holograms — Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E, to be specific. Way to bury the lede, Rock the Bells!

Billed as “special guests,” the resurrected late greats will offer up “original virtual performances,” whatever that means. ODB — also known as Big Baby Jesus and Dirt McGirt, among other names — will be hitting the stage with the rest of the Wu-Tang Clan, who are in the festival’s lineup. He died of a drug overdose in 2004. Eazy-E, was originally a member of gangsta-rap pioneers N.W.A., but he’ll be joining his mentees Bone Thugs N Harmony. That group’s 1996 hit “The Crossroads” was written in honor of Eazy-E, who died of complications from AIDS in 1995.

So, where can you catch these rapping apparitions? Rock the Bells will be taking place at the following dates:

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Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison entering the hologram game

Who would’ve thought that Tupac Shakur would become one of 2012’s leading music industry figures?

Ever since Dr. Dre brought the dead rapper’s hologram to Coachella last April, the nation’s long-dormant love of holograms has come to the forefront. Not only did Dre toy with the idea of actually taking Faux Tupac on tour with him, but others got in on the virtual-resurrection action: TLC announced plans to project the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes on a Jumbotron during live shows, the Jackson Brothers have reportedly kicked around the idea of hitting the road with a Michael Jackson hologram, and an Elvis Presley hologram is already in the works.

And the beat goes on: It’s looking like Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and even Marilyn Monroe might all “return” in hologram form soon. READ FULL STORY

Dr. Dre getting pretty serious about touring with Tupac's hologram

Looks like acclaimed headphones salesman Dr. Dre just found yet another way to distract us from his eternally unfinished Detox album. “Hey, look over there — it’s Tupac!”

TMZ caught up with Dre outside a restaurant to find out what exactly he planned to do with the season’s hottest hologram (sorry, will.i.am.!), and his response did not disappoint.

“It’s great,” the Chronic rapper-producer said of the Tupac Shakur hologram he and Snoop Dogg unveiled during their headline performance at Coachella last weekend. “It came out perfect. We’re gonna have a good time with it.”

“I think everybody’s in love with it right now,” he continued. “We’re having fun.”

Of course, all eyez will be on the virtual rapper at this Sunday’s Coachella redux, but the big question still remains: Will Dre be taking Tupac 3000 on the road this summer?

“Thinking about it,” Dre confirmed, while adding that nothing was final yet. The 47-year-old rap star also mentioned that he’s “working on some new and different things for the future” and even hinted that similar holograms of Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye could one day stalk the land as well.

If nothing else, Dr. Dre as  movie producer can turn this premise into an amazing horror movie.

Check out Dre’s remarks to TMZ in the video below:

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