Super Bowl 2018: Justin Timberlake’s Prince hologram scrapped from half-time show following backlash

Justin Timberlake will not perform with a hologram of Prince during his Super Bowl 2018 half-time show due to a huge backlash.

Yesterday Far Out reported that Timberlake, who will be performing during the high-profile Super Bowl half-time for the second time in his career, had planned to introduce a hologram of the lat Prince to honour the icon in his home town of Minneapolis.

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, do to massive outcry from Prince and his friends, his close friend Sheila E. took to twitter to voice her anger, saying: “Prince told me don’t ever let anyone do a hologram of me. Not cool if this happens!”

Then, just hours later, the Sheila tweeted confirmation that the hologram would not be going ahead.

“Family, I spoke w/Justin 2nite and he shared heartfelt words of respect for Prince & the Purple fans,” she wrote.

“I look 4wrd 2 seeing what I’m sure is going 2 be a spectacular halftime show. There is no hologram.”

A quote from a 1998 interview with Guitar World, Prince himself had expressed his disgust at artist holograms, calling them “demonic” and when asked if he would like to be honoured via he hologram he said: “certainly not.”

“That’s the most demonic thing imaginable,” he continued.

“Everything is as it is, and it should be. If I was meant to jam with Duke Ellington, we would have lived in the same age. That whole virtual reality thing… it really is demonic. And I am not a demon.

“Also, what they did with that Beatles song [“Free As a Bird”], manipulating John Lennon’s voice to have him singing from across the grave… that’ll never happen to me.

“To prevent that kind of thing from happening is another reason why I want artistic control.”

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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.

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