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Cool or Creepy: Holograms Are Hollywood’s Newest Stars

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Last night’s Billboard Music Awards included a performance of Michael Jackson like we have never seen him before.

The King of Pop  appeared on stage as a hologram performing his single, "A Slave to the Rhythm" from the newest album, "Xscape".

The record, released on May 13, is already a blockbuster success.

Sony’s previous posthumous Jackson collection, “Michael,” peaked at No. 4 in a ten-week run on the U.K. chart in 2004.

“Xscape” is Jackson’s tenth chart-topping solo album, and its current single “Love Never Felt So Good,” featuring Justin Timberlake, jumped 24-8 on the new chart.

There are a total of eight tracks on the album featuring production by the hit-makers Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate and John McClain.

Music executives say the title of this album honors Michael’s album naming process. He always chose a song from the album to name his projects and, beginning with THRILLER, used only one word titles, each with an edgy quality to them.

During last night’s performance, Jackson’s hologram arrived on stage seated on a throne and then gets up and does what iconic is known best for-- dance!

This isn't the first time we've seen a hologram bring an artist back to the stage. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg were joined by the late Tupac in hologram form during a 2012 Coachella performance.

The idea was so new that it shocked the audience and raised a lot of questions about if it was appropriate to recreate the image of a dead artist.

Of course, the MJ moment came with some controversy. On Friday, a judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by two hologram companies to stop the performance.

Hologram USA and Musion said in their emergency lawsuit Thursday that one of their products was being used without authorization by a competitor to create the segment.

The Las Vegas audience gave the act a standing ovation, but what did you think? Tweet us using the hashtag #FOX29COOLORCREEPY

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