It’s been five years since Michael Jackson passed away, but new songs are still being released from the late music icon. On Wednesday, his posthumous music video for “A Place With No Name” debuts in Times Square, but that isn’t the first time the world has seen and heard “Michael” perform after his death. At the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, a Michael Jackson hologram took the stage, moonwalking amid pyrotechnics and singing in a “live” performance.
Michael’s older brother Jermaine hadn’t been watching that awards ceremony, but heard about the hologram from his son Jaafar. “He called me and he said, ‘Dad, did you see what they did to Uncle Michael?'” Jermaine tells Oprah during a sit-down for “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”. “He said, ‘It didn’t even look like him, it didn’t move like him. It seemed like it was a body double.'”
When Jermaine saw Michael’s hologram for himself, he agreed. “It’s not good,” he says in the above video, shaking his head.
Not only was it strange for Jermaine and his family to see the hologram, but hearing it was uncomfortable too. During the performance, Michael’s hologram sang new, unreleased songs that the King of Pop had worked on prior to his death. The same week that the Billboard Music Awards aired, an album of Michael’s unfinished songs, which was recorded years before his death, was also released. And now, music videos are debuting.
Jermaine says these new sounds are completely unfamiliar to him. “What I’m hearing is not Michael — at all,” he tells Oprah. “I’ll just say this: If Michael wanted this stuff out, he would have put it out. Bottom line.”
He goes on to say that Michael himself would have never approved of the new music. “To put all these hip-hop beats to it… Michael would die over again if he heard what they were doing,” Jermaine says.