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article imageVirtual pop star Hatsune Miku sells out Tokyo concert

By Abigail Prendergast     Mar 10, 2012 in Entertainment
Computer generated pop sensation, Hatsune Miku, despite not being real, has sold out 10,000 tickets in Japan's capital city of Tokyo. The virtual diva is a worldwide phenomenon and wowed fans at what it seems was her last concert.
Japan's latest pop sensation has recently sold out a show in the nation's capital of Tokyo; the blue pig tail-clad star is known as Hatsune Miku and she is essentially the perfect product of the digital music industry. The fact of the matter is that she isn't even real. She is an anime character to serve as a personification of just one part of a series of software called Vocaloid.
As noted in a previous article, Vocaloid, in particular Vocaloid 2, is a computer synthesizer program that can mimic human voices utilizing voice banks containing samples from real life singers and voice actors. Miku herself is one of those synthetic voices, and can also be referred to an open source voice along with the rest of her Vocaloid brethren.
The songs that are created in this software are not created by one company alone; in fact, over 20 different groups have produced popular hits using Miku's digital voice. Such hits include Miracle Paint (Oster Project), Bacterial Contamination (Saikin Osen) and World is MIne (Ryo).
As the Huffington Post reports, despite a 6,300 yen ($76) price tag, every last one of the 10,000 seats for the digital pop diva's four shows (two of Tuesday March 6 and two on Friday March 9) were sold and the experience was nothing short of remarkable said concertgoer, Yuya Ofuji.
"It was absolutely amazing, it's like my heart is still dancing. I don't think I'll be able to sleep," said the 21-year-old fan and spectator.
The concert, which is said to be Miku's last, utilized a projection of an animated 3D model of the character in order to create the illusion that she was on stage singing to her fans. The show was further broadcast in theaters in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Miku's voice is sampled from voice actress, Saki Fujita, who was been feature in several anime series in the past.
Fans flocked from all over the world to see what could be Miku's last "live" performance, even from non-Oriental countries.
"We thought we really had to make a real effort to come because we wouldn't get a chance to see her in the future," said Australian Daniel Noll.
It's not quite known as to why officials dubbed this event Miku's last, but even so her persona, her image and her music, as well as the ability to make her sing whatever you want, has inspired millions. This digital age brought people a pop star that they can make sing for them, literally.
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