“Live” Michael Jackson Performance Wows at Billboard Awards!

The immortal Michael Jackson gives an amazing posthumous "live" performance at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards (photo: popsugar.com)

The immortal Michael Jackson gives an amazing posthumous “live” performance at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards (photo: popsugar.com)

It’s as if he never died. Michael Jackson has been turning heads and making headlines over the past several weeks, just like he did before his tragic and untimely death in June of 2009. His new hit single “Love Never Felt So good” (performed with Justin Timberlake) debuted at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100, the official video has reached over 9.5 million views on VEVO, and the parent album, Xscapeis currently vying for the top spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

To top it off, Jackson rocked the Billboard Music Awards last night with a “live” holographic performance of another track from the Xscape album, “Slave To The Rhythm.”

The performance brought out an array of emotional responses, both positive and negative. While many MJ fans were tearful over the chance to see their idol on stage one more time, many others took to Twitter to voice their displeasure over the idea that the music industry continues to exploit Michael and make money at his expense.

This isn’t the first time a deceased music icon has been resurrected via modern technology. Back in 2007, Celine Dion performed a duet side-by-side with “The King,” Elvis Presley on American Idol. And in 2012, Coachella thrilled concert-goers with an amazing holographic performance from Tupac as he walked the stage and performed with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre (NSFW).

With how quickly technology continues to improve and break through previously set barriers, iconic rock stars of the past truly are becoming immortal… whether they want to be or not.

The Rundown! Karaoke Could’s Year in Review

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With less than 48 hours before we begin yet another amazing year, we’re feeling a little melancholy. Okay, maybe not, but we still want to talk about the good stuff that happened this year in the world of karaoke. So sit back, relax, and let’s take a short trip down memory lane as we look at some of Karaoke Cloud‘s best of 2013… as I see it, at least.

Karaoke Rescue Comes From Boyz II Men: I love to watch people’s reactions when celebrities make surprise appearances. This may have been a car commercial, but when Boyz II Men shows up to help a guy sing to his girlfriend in a karaoke club… well, that’s just awesome!

Ten people you meet at karaokeI only began working with DigiTrax/Karaoke Cloud in October of this year, but going back and reading previous blogs I have to say that this is definitely one of my favorites from 2013. Why? Because it’s so true! Everyone from the “Diva” to the “Newbie,” they exist! And if you’ve spent more than an hour in a karaoke club there’s a very good chance you’ve had the, um… pleasure of meeting them.

“They’re Heeeeere…” Sing-N-Share hits Google Play with thousands of free tracks from Karaoke Cloud: This was a very recent post, but from a business aspect it was also one of our biggest. The Sing-N-Share app is one of DigiTrax Entertainment’s crown jewels and we are extremely proud of everyone who came together to make it a reality! Very special shout outs to the geniuses at Deansoft for developing the tech and our friends at LiveRail for making the app free to everyone through their premium mobile video ads. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication and to you, our loyal friends and readers, for making Sing-N-Share a success!

Forget About Dre? No way, says karaoke ace!I’m not trying to toot my own horn, but this was the very first blog I wrote for Karaoke Cloud. This kid (Vincent Marcus) grabbed my attention with his amazing ability to flow and imitate two of my favorite rap artists of all time, Dr. Dre and Eminem. So, in all honesty it’s Vincent’s horn that’s being tooted here, not mine. 🙂

Squared-away Karaoke CEO Started Out PunkFor those of you who haven’t had the chance to read it yet, this article deals with our very own CEO and visionary, Joseph Vangieri! Karaoke Cloud/DigiTrax Entertainment owes all of its success to Joe for his pioneering spirit and business savvy, but he also happens to be a pretty interesting guy. From punk rocker to CEO? That’s pretty damn cool.

Music Genius Mark Radice Joins DigiTrax EntertainmentWe were absolutely ecstatic when Mark Radice agreed to join our team at DigiTrax! With his experience and undeniable musical talent, who wouldn’t be! Not only has Mark been responsible for many of the songs heard on the beloved children’s show Sesame Street (not to mention credits with some “small-time” bands/artists like Aerosmith and Gene Simmons), but the fact that he’s been blessed with what is known as “absolute pitch” makes him the perfect person to take the helm in creating pitch-perfect re-creations of hit songs!

KaraokeOnVEVO Surpasses Quarter-Million Mark in 6 MonthsNot too shabby for a “test product.” When we first started KoV (KaraokeOnVEVO) in order to see if there was a demand for free karaoke on social media we had no idea what kind of response we would get. It’s been overwhelming to say the least! When you consider that the amount of views has jumped another 7 million and subscribers by 25 thousand since we posted the blog last month…wow.

“Play a Tab” And Peavey: Avengers Assembled!Another huge coup for us in 2013 was the announcement of a joint-venture between guitar industry giants Peavey and DigiTrax Entertainment regarding our new innovative Play a Tab app! Working hand-in-hand with Peavey is an absolute honor, but to have our guitar-learning software actually packaged with their world-class products makes us almost speechless. Almost.

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My friends, I hope you all had a great 2013 and we wish you the very happiest of new years! We’re looking forward to making even bigger strides in the digital interactive music industry in 2014 and can’t wait to see what our next “year in review” will hold!

Forget About Dre? No way, says karaoke ace!

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In a market saturated by modern-day hip hop and performers like Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, and Kanye West, it can be all too easy to forget about the innovators who are largely responsible for the success of today’s artists.

Grammy winner Dr. Dre is one such innovator. Best known for his triple-platinum album “The Chronic,” (considered by many to be one of the greatest rap/Hip-Hop albums ever produced ) Dre was also instrumental in the careers of several other iconic artists, including Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

At least one fan refuses to forget this fact. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Mr. Vincent Marcus! This fresh young talent pays homage to both the legendary Dr. Dre and arguably his most famous progeny Eminem with this spot-on karaoke rendition of the appropriately-titled 2001 hit “Forgot About Dre.” (NSFW)

With his smooth transitions and impressive flow style, this young man could easily have a career in the music industry. Dre, if you’re out there, Mr. Marcus may be just what the “Dr.” ordered.