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Japan virtual star Hatsune to join Lady Gaga tour

By Korea Herald

Published : April 17, 2014 - 20:02

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A digital animation of singer Miku Hatsune (AFP-Yonhap) A digital animation of singer Miku Hatsune (AFP-Yonhap)
TOKYO (AFP) ― Hatsune Miku, a computer-generated Japanese pop star who performs as a hologram, is to support some of Lady Gaga’s tour of North America next month, the U.S. songstress has announced on Twitter.

The pixel-perfect pop princess, whose voice is also the product of digital code, will perform in 3-D alongside a band made of real musicians at shows starting in Atlanta on May 6.

“My favourite digital pop star Hatsune Miku is opening The ARTPOP Ball from May 6-June 3!” Lady Gaga said on her Twitter feed.

“Look at how cute she is!,” she added, with a link to YouTube video showing the digital diva in action.

The collaborative brainchild of software developers, a manga comic artist and a vast digital fan community, the virtual singer from outer space has become one of the hottest stars on the J-pop scene in the last few years.

The programmers who created Miku are vague about her persona, but very specific about her stats ― the teenage pop queen is 158 centimeters tall and weighs a dainty 42 kilograms.

Hatsune’s turn on tour with Lady Gaga, one of the biggest names in American music thanks to a flamboyant style that blends elements of David Bowie with Madonna, comes ahead of support by fellow Asian superstars CRAYON POP.

The South Korean girl group topped the K-pop charts last year when their danceable ditty “Bar Bar Bar” ― featuring their signature helmets and piston-style line dancing ― went viral on YouTube.

The five-piece are set to join Lady Gaga for the second half of the North American section of the tour, playing more than a dozen gigs.

The ARTPOP Ball tour heads overseas in August, with dates in Japan, South Korea, Australia, and much of Europe.