Michael Jackson Hologram Stunt Allowed To Go Ahead At Billboard Music Awards

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May 18, 2014 | 6:25pm EST

Michael Jackson is set to return to the stage from beyond the grave after a Nevada judge gave organizers at the Billboard Music Awards the go-ahead to bring the King of Pop back to life as a hologram for Sunday’s prizegiving.
Plans to resurrect the superstar to mark the fifth anniversary of his death were thrown into doubt on Thursday after businessman Alki David, who claims to control the rights to the hologram technology, filed suit against Jackson’s estate executors and Billboard Music Awards producers, demanding the tribute be axed over allegations it would violate his patent rights.
He insisted that if the virtual performance was allowed to take place at the Las Vegas event, it would ruin his own plans to stage a Jackson hologram performance at a later date.
However, his bid to put a stop to the spectacle, aimed at celebrating the release of Jackson’s new posthumous album Xscape, was dismissed during a court hearing on Friday, when Judge Kent Dawson ruled against David due to a lack of evidence.
As a result, Billboard bosses have been given permission to press ahead with the planned gig, which is expected to be similar to the eerie Tupac Shakur stunt at the 2012 Coachella music festival in California, where the dead rapper appeared onstage alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg in hologram form.