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Justin Timberlake to perform with Prince hologram during Super Bowl 2018 halftime show

Justin Timberlake is set to introduce a hologram of the late pop icon Prince during his Super Bowl 2018 halftime show, according to reports.

Timberlake, who is ramping up excitement around his new album, will perform during the halftime show for the second time of his career. It was rumoured that Timberlake could collaborate with Janet Jackson to recreate his first Super Bowl show back in 2004. It was also speculated that the he could bring back boyband *NSYNC for the high-profile event.

However, in a new exclusive published via TMZ, it is believed Timberlake is preparing to perform with a hologram of Prince tomorrow night at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis to honour the late musician in his hometown.

Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson has teased the idea of a Prince hologram in the past: “A hologram could be done as long as it is of excellent quality,” she said, adding, “It would have to allow the fans to experience Prince in the way he allowed us to experience his music.”

[UPDATE] – Prince hologram sensationally scrapped after backlash. 

Prince, who died in April 2016, left behind a wide range of previously unreleased material and a series of “mind-blowing” recordings are set to be released, according to an advisor to the late artist’s estate.

Troy Carter, a source close to Prince’s estate and Spotify as the global head of creative services, has revealed the latest news:

“He was a guy who practically lived in a recording studio, and once we started going through [the unreleased material] we really started finding some gems,” Carter told Variety. “I heard some music the other night that was pretty mind-blowing and we’re getting some stuff mixed right now. We’ve got great projects in the works that I’m excited to talk about.

“So the answer is yes, there will be unreleased Prince music coming soon,” Carter added.