A new hologram of Whitney Houston is to make its first appearance in 2016.
The hologram will be shown in ‘a major US venue’ and the show will be broadcast to televisions and computers around the world.
Greek billionaire Alki David, CEO of Hologram USA worked with Pat Houston, the President of the Whitney Houston Estate, to create the hologram. Pat Houston said, “It’s a great opportunity for her fans to see a reinvention of one the most celebrated female artists in history and to continue a legacy of performances that will not be forgotten in years to come. I look forward to the partnership.”
David’s most recent hologram, of rapper Chief Keef, was shut down by police. He appeared briefly at the Craze Fest in Hammond, Indiana on July 25 to help raise money for the family of a toddler who was killed earlier that month.
The rapper originally wanted to hold the gig in Chicago but was forced to cancel following pressure from local authorities who said the performance “posed a significant public safety risk.”
Keef’s appearance was designed to raise money for the family of 13-month old Dillan Harris, who was killed earlier this month by a car fleeing the scene of a shooting that killed Chief Keef associate Marvin ‘Capo’ Carr.
However, as the Chicago Tribune reports, Keef’s appearance at Craze Fest lasted just one song as police pulled the plug on the hologram. The rapper was talking to the crowd about ending violence and had just played breakout hit ‘I Don’t Like’ when the authorities arrived. Fans were ordered to leave at around 10:25pm.
Alki David was left angry by the outcome. “Shame on the mayor and police chief of Hammond for shutting down a voice that can create positive change in a community in desperate need. And for taking away money that could have gone to help the victims’ families,” he said in a statement.
Other artists to have been brought to life via hologram include Kurt Cobain, Tupac and Michael Jackson.