The Michael Jackson Hologram Proved That the MJ Industry Doesn’t Actually Need Jackson to Survive

May 22, 2014 7:10 PM

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The Michael Jackson Hologram Proved That the MJ Industry Doesn’t Actually Need Jackson to Survive

Sunday's unsettling hologram performance at the Billboard Awards showed, once and for all, that the thriving Michael Jackson industry doesn’t need Michael Jackson to survive. Jackson is a global corporation, a portfolio of investments — a lucrative moneymaking machine that hums along, with or without a human at the controls.

Xscape — a potpourri of exhumed Jackson demos and discarded tracks, organized by L.A. Reid and fleshed out by top producers including Timbaland and Rihanna hitmakers Stargate — is currently the No. 2 album in the country. While it’s a bit odd to see the King of Pop lagging behind the Black Keys, the...

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