Janelle Monae and M.I.A. Perform Together Via Holograms

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Janelle Monae and M.I.A. took to the stage last night to perform a duet, but before you that it’s just some ordinary duet with two performers on a stage together, you would be wrong.

Leave it to Monae and M.I.A. to share a stage during separate concerts on opposite coasts through the magic of holograms. The advance technology which is similar to the one that brought Tupac back from the dead during Coachella 2012, was used during unique set. The idea was all sponsored by Audi as a way to launch its A3 model.

Unlike Tupac’s hologram, this project required more advanced 3-D projection and video mapping technology. Reportedly, the two artists performed together in person to help create the holograms, but did not get to see the final outcome until they took the stage, at their respected locations, that night.

“I wish I were in the audience because I’m sure it looked cooler from the audience, but it felt great,” Monae said after closing her 40-minute set. “I felt M.I.A.’s spirit up there.”

The Sri Lankan rapper’s hologram appeared during the performance of Monae’s lead single “Q.U.E.E.N.” from her recently released album, Electric Lady. Across the country, M.I.A. was joined on stage by Monae’s hologram during her song, “Bad Girls” where the hologram ‘sang’ a verse from the track.

Watch some footage from M.I.A’s performance at New York’s SIR Stage 37 here.

Sneak Peek at Super Bowl Commercials

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With just a few days until the Super Bowl takes over almost everyone’s televisions screens, some of the highly anticipated commercials from the yearly event have been made available online. Last week, the people behind the Dannon company released their commercial for Oikos Greek Yogurt which features current spokesperson, John Stamos and his former Full House co-stars, Bob Saget and  Dave Coulier. 

If you can’t wait until Sunday or just aren’t into the football games, some of the commercial sneak peeks can be seen below including the Oikos/Full House reunion and the Scarlett Johansson/Soda Stream commercial that was banned because it was “too sexy.”

JAGUAR: “Business Associates” 

JAGUAR: “Rendezvous” 

DANNON OIKOS: “Big Game Tease”

WONDERFUL PISTACHIOS: “Stephen Colbert”

AUDI: “Doberhuahua”

BUD LIGHT: “Arnold Warms Up”

BUD LIGHT: “Don”

VOLKSWAGEN: “Ultimate Commercial”

M&Ms: “Teaser”

GODADDY: “Body Builders”

BUTTERFINGER CUPS: “Couple Therapy”

AXE: “Call to Arms”

SODA STREAM: “Sorry Coke and Pepsi”