“My favorite digital pop star Hatsune Miku is opening The ARTPOP Ball from May 6 to June 3! Look at how cute she is!,” tweeted Lady Gaga to her more than 40 million Twitter followers. But Miku is more than just any other superstar, as most Japanese and J-pop followers know: she’s not real, but a hologram and virtual creation born out of digital code.
Miku is the creation of software developers, a manga artist and has a huge digital fan following, making her one of the best-selling artists in Japan, even though she really is just a program, part of the Vocaloid software that lets anyone create their own voice and music. She’s about to be even more globally popular as she’s set to open for the first half of Gaga’s North American tour, starting May 6. She will be performing in 3D hologram form, together with actual human musicians with the first leg of the tour kicking off in Atlanta. The tour will go to several US and Canadian cities and Miku’s front act will last until the June 3 show.
My favorite digital pop star Hatsune Miku is opening The ARTPOP Ball from May 6-June 3! Look at how cute she is! http://t.co/XZr1nKGM2Q
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) April 15, 2014
Miku’s character is a 16-year-old cheerful teenager with teal-colored hair, and she has even been an endorser for such brands like Google and Dominos Pizza. While not an actual person, her fandom treats her like she is, by buying her singles, sharing her “performances” online, and even buying the video game series that she stars in. She seems to be perfect to open for an eccentric artist like Gaga, who some have described as a cross between David Bowie, Madonna and sometimes, even like an anime character. Miku should feel right at home.
[via Daily Dot]