A brand new technology is working on bringing back Selena Quintanilla, who died 20 years ago, so she can go on tour in 2018. It sounds like something out of the Twilight Zone but apparently it can be done by a company who plans to digitize a human version of the late singer. Billboard reported that the creation of Selena’s hologram-like -but more advance- will be “walking, talking, singing and dancing”. The purpose of this is because the family intends to expand her legacy with some new music. Not only that, she will be going on tour and singing with other artists that never met her in person.
In an interview with Billboard, Suzette Quintanilla, the sister of the late Tex-Mex singer, talked about the plan to bring back Selena in a digitized form.
By no means is this something that’s creepy or weird…We think it’s something amazing. A lot of the new fans that did not get to experience what Selena was about hopefully will be able to get a sense of her with this new technology that’s going to be coming out”.
Acrovirt is the company behind the new technology called Digitized Human Essence.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Selena Quintanilla’s Tour is Called Selena the One
Selena the One tour is planned to take of in 2018. The name is appropriate since she will be the first artist and Latina to be digitized and go on tour. For Suzette, this is not a way to replace her sister with a hologram, instead she wants to help her legacy to continue growing.
Also, the family will be celebrating Selena’s legacy with a two-day festival titled Fiesta de la Flor. The event will take place on April 16 and 17 at the North Bayfront Park, downtown Corpus Christi, Texas.
The annual event will serve as a tribute for the Queen of Tejano, as well as the cultural contributions of Tejano music worldwide.
2.New Artists Will Have the Chance to Sing with Selena
Selena the One will release new songs and videos. Also Selena’s version will have the chance to collaborate with current artists. Suzette is very excited about that this is a project that they will be working on in the next three years. And she is sure that when people get the chance to see Selena’s hologram on stage, they will understand how and why it was done.
3.Family Needs to Raise Money in Order to Bring Back Selena
But the ambitious project to bring back Selena is very expensive. So the Indiegogo campaign was created to help support the launch of Selena the One. The campaign, which hopes to raise $500,000, begins in April 16.
On the homepage of Selena the One, Terry Kennedy, the Co-founder of Acrovirt, posted the following statement.
Selena is a Latin American icon who was taken before her time. Acrovirt and the Quintanilla family are excited to announce that Selena will continue to share her creative talents with the world in a new innovative way”.
4.Selena Quintanilla’s Hologram Will Have a Human Essence
Acrovirt is a Nevada based tech company working on the project. The company posted an statement on the Selena the One homepage.
Using detailed individual personalized functions spanning the mind, brain and body, the individual’s Digitized Human Essence will autonomously learn and react on behalf of its human counterpart’s”.
5. Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur and Elvis Presley Were Hologramed
In 2007, American Idol surprised its audience with Elvis Presley’s hologram as he sang a duet with Celine Dion. Then, Tupac Shakur was brought back at Coachella in 2012. Michael Jackson’s hologram gave an exciting performance at the Billboard Music Awards in 2014.