Japanese Singing Sensation Is a Hologram
Japanese pop singing sensation Hatsune Miku sang at Odaiba's Zepp Tokyo concert venue in March 2010. This is news because Hatsune Miku is a blue-haired, Sailor Moon look-alike, holographic character whose voice is based off of a singing synthesizing application.
That's right--she's not real, but she's giving real concerts. And, well, if you take a look at some of her videos, she certainly seems to have a large, enthusiastic fanbase.
According to SingularityHub, Hatsune Miku is a based off of the singing synthesizer application developed by Crypton Future Media. Miku's voice comes from Yamaha's Vocaloid synthesizing technology and is sampled off of a real person's voice--Japanese actress (but not singer) Saki Fujita. Regular, technologically-inclined users (such as yourselves) can purchase the Vocaloid software with an avatar (such as Miku) for 15,750 yen (about $190), and create their own songs to share with others. The software is reportedly rather in-depth and allows users to connect vocals note-by-note.
Crypton has set up Websites where users can share their creations (Priapo, JP), as well as a virtual record label called KarenT (JP). KarenT even has its own YouTube channel, where you can see a number of its productions.
Miss Hatsune also stars in her very own rhythm game created by Sega and Crypton Future Media, called Hatsune Miku: Project Diva (released July 2, 2009 for the PSP and PlayStation 3).
The virtual characters have gotten so big that people are no longer satisfied with diving into this world on the internet--Hatsune Miku gave her first concert on March 9, 2010, at Zepp Tokyo in Odaiba. Zepp Tokyo is a moderately-sized concert hall that holds about 3000 people standing, and you can see from her videos that her fans are not only numerous but rabid. If the single concert wasn't enough to convince you that this is a phenomenon, there have also been screenings of the concert in San Francisco and New York.
Honestly guys, I went to a Linkin Park concert at Zepp Tokyo back when I was in high school, and the crowd was not nearly this excited. And this was the real, live Linkin Park, back when they were popular. Being outdone by a fictional hologram…probably hurts a little.
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