Digital Pop Star Hatsune Miku Will Open Lady Gaga Concerts

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Digital Pop Star Hatsune Miku Will Open Lady Gaga Concerts

Lady Gaga's favorite digital pop star Hatsune Miku will open a part of the Artpop tour.

Hatsune Miku is surprisingly well known for a singer who's all digital. Artist Lady Gaga surprised fans when she announced the opener for a month of shows in her Artpop Tour. Hatsune Miku will be the opener from May 6 to June 3.

Hatsune Miku is a Vocaloid - and the most popular of the bunch - with several rhythm games featuring her, such as the Project Diva series. She is one of the specific voice banks as a part of singing voice synthesizer. Users can use the software to create songs by inputting the lyrics and melody.

This won't be the first time Hatsune Miku has performed concerts - even in the U.S - but it is unprecedented for her to be the opening act to an artist well recognized as Lady Gaga.

The following shows in which the virtual pop star will perform include:

  • May 6 Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
  • May 8 Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center
  • May 10 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
  • May 12 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
  • May 13 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
  • May 15 Washington DC @ Verizon Center
  • May 17 Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
  • May 18 Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
  • May 20 St. Paul, MN @ XCEL Energy Center
  • May 22 Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
  • May 25 Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
  • May 26 Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
  • May 28 Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
  • May 30 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
  • Jun 2 San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
  • Jun 3 San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose

Lady Gaga also invited the K-Pop group Crayon Pop to open at her Artpop tour from June 26 to July 22.

Source: Lady Gaga (Twitter)

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Huh. Well that's different.
I'm not sure if it's a good different, I haven't listened to that many vocaloid songs, but I doubt Lady Gaga fans are also J-Pop fans.

I dunno, maybe I just have a bad (and biased) mental image of them.

...because why not?!

Goddammit Lady Gaga, I'm a fan but this is just plain stupid even for you.

AxelxGabriel:
Goddammit Lady Gaga, I'm a fan but this is just plain stupid even for you.

Why?

Atary77:
...because why not?!

Exactly! It's the 21st century - digital pop stars for everyone!

Meh. This is just another sign that Lady Gaga is on his way out of the public sphere whether he likes it or not. I wonder who his replacement female pop commodity will be. Maybe a girl-next-door type as an extreme contrast to Miss Meat Dress and Miley "Wrecking Ball" Cyrus.

I love Vocaloid, but I don't seeing it becoming very popular here in the US on a wide scale. Coupling it with Lady Gaga is probably not going to help things either.

templar1138a:
Meh. This is just another sign that Lady Gaga is on his way out of the public sphere whether he likes it or not. I wonder who his replacement female pop commodity will be.

His, his, his? You're aware that Lady Gaga is female, right?

Unless she sings in English this won't go over well.

Yea I can't see how Miku will be popular with the general west, especially those who would go to Lady Gaga concerts.

Novaova:
His, his, his? You're aware that Lady Gaga is female, right?

You're aware there is a running joke that Lady Gaga is male, right?

EndlessSporadic:
Unless she sings in English this won't go over well.

Can Miku even sing in English ?
Unless they get MS Anna to do lip sinc

How is this good for anyone? I don't think a lot of people who like Lady Gaga would know about or even understand what Miku is.

She'll at least sing in English, right?

...

Right?

templar1138a:
Meh. This is just another sign that Lady Gaga is on his way out of the public sphere whether he likes it or not. I wonder who his replacement female pop commodity will be. Maybe a girl-next-door type as an extreme contrast to Miss Meat Dress and Miley "Wrecking Ball" Cyrus.

You nearly made me spit out my drink with this post xD
Yeah all this crap is bizarre anyway so why not a digital pop star? It contains all the weirdness to one space under one roof.

the doom cannon:
Yea I can't see how Miku will be popular with the general west, especially those who would go to Lady Gaga concerts.

Novaova:
His, his, his? You're aware that Lady Gaga is female, right?

You're aware there is a running joke that Lady Gaga is male, right?

Actually no, I was not aware of that. Cheers!

Actually i start to like Gaga more n more. She just does her things and that fine. Sure she's there to make a big fuss about herself but i mean she's a popstar, that's kinda in the job description.

Also yay for Miku, because Miku is awesome and should be way more popular than she already is.

I would've thought that - with all the auto-tuning - Lady Gaga herself would count as a digital pop star?
Actually, to be fair, I know she did music beforehand and actually has a nice singing voice.

An Ceannaire:

AxelxGabriel:
Goddammit Lady Gaga, I'm a fan but this is just plain stupid even for you.

Why?

Exactly! It's the 21st century - digital pop stars for everyone!

Miku is nothing more then a corperate brain child by feeding into the stuff Japanese kids like. It's boring, bland, tasteless and quite frankly just plain bad singing.

And people who keep calling Miku "She" just proves you're all bought into the hype over a friggen sound editing program.

No show in Houston :(

I'd have gone to see the opener, then leave, because I don't care about Lady Gaga.

I've been wanting to see the Miku concert since I first watched it on youtube.

AxelxGabriel:
And people who keep calling Miku "She" just proves you're all bought into the hype over a friggen sound editing program.

Fictional characters can have gender. The pronoun "she" is used to refer to Sleeping Beauty (fairy tale), Ellen Ripley (film), and Diana Prince (comic book), why not a fictional pop singer?

Novaova:

AxelxGabriel:
And people who keep calling Miku "She" just proves you're all bought into the hype over a friggen sound editing program.

Fictional characters can have gender. The pronoun "she" is used to refer to Sleeping Beauty (fairy tale), Ellen Ripley (film), and Diana Prince (comic book), why not a fictional pop singer?

Because it's not a defined character or an actual singer. It's just a voice synthesizing program that was giving a cute anime girl as it's mascot. Nothing more. Miku is nothing but a marketing tool.

Looks like Dio took the Ice Skates in to work today and the sky has begun to fall...I have a reason to want to go to a Lady Gaga show. Maybe this will be a stepping stone and we'll eventually see a Hatsune/Vocaloid tour of some kind of the not-too-distant future. It's 2014 after all, in our magnificent future year it's kind of weird that our digital pop-stars HAVEN'T gone on a huge global tour yet.

How does this hologram tech work anyway? for the 'live' shows of Miku, Gorillaz, etc. Is it like, 'fill area with fog to make projection 'surface' or?

Uratoh:
How does this hologram tech work anyway? for the 'live' shows of Miku, Gorillaz, etc. Is it like, 'fill area with fog to make projection 'surface' or?

It's done by rear projection onto a curved translucent screen.

AxelxGabriel:

Novaova:

AxelxGabriel:
And people who keep calling Miku "She" just proves you're all bought into the hype over a friggen sound editing program.

Fictional characters can have gender. The pronoun "she" is used to refer to Sleeping Beauty (fairy tale), Ellen Ripley (film), and Diana Prince (comic book), why not a fictional pop singer?

Because it's not a defined character or an actual singer. It's just a voice synthesizing program that was giving a cute anime girl as it's mascot. Nothing more. Miku is nothing but a marketing tool.

Are Snap, Crackle, and Pop (Rice Krispies) him, him, and him, or it, it, and it? Similarly, is the Pillsbury Dough Boy a him, or an it? It could be argued that as a wad of dough, it's an it, but the dough boy's anthropomorphized, called "boy," and given a male voice.

Humans anthropomorphize all sorts of things that aren't human, and assign them gender in the process. It's a thing. Hatsune Miku may be a tool of the man, man, but she's just the latest one, and there will be more to come.

I get the anti-corporate anti-marketing angle that you seem to be coming from, that to concede a human-like trait to a marketing prop is to be giving the marketers exactly what they want, but that Rubicon was crossed a long time ago.

So, I guess this confirms that pop music is in fact converging towards total artificiality, given how we're openly referring to digital voice programs as "people" now who exist in the tangible, physical world without a hint of irony.

By that logic, VLC Player and my mp3 folder can go on tour.

Well the tech looks interesting at least. Not really much for J-pop, or any pop really for that matter, but I would love to see a 'behind the scenes' special or something about what goes into making this 'Miku' perform.

Interesting idea. May bring more popularity to J-pop in the USA. I do have to ask however, How exactly do these Vocaloids work? Is it a 3-D hologram, a full 360 model? I would love a explanation on exactly what the Vocaloid is and how they work.

templar1138a:
Meh. This is just another sign that Lady Gaga is on his way out of the public sphere whether he likes it or not. I wonder who his replacement female pop commodity will be. Maybe a girl-next-door type as an extreme contrast to Miss Meat Dress and Miley "Wrecking Ball" Cyrus.

I think you underestimate the power that Lady Gaga has, and her staying power.
My brother is a total pop consumer. Follows all the celebrities and just loves that kinda stuff, especially Lady Gaga.
I hear all this crap.

A little while ago Lady Gaga had someone vomit all over her during a show. Her fans loved it.
She made her fame off weird (the fake kind of pop culture weird), and if being vomited on isn't stepping over the line then I gotta wonder what it's going to take...
Certainly not having a J-pop opener.

All I'm saying is lock your doors at night, cause there is a crazy Lady Gaga on the loose with millions of crazy fans.

What else is there to say but...

Well, maybe this and this is just one fellow's opinion.

While both are vapid constructs created the music industry used to lure in people who cannot tell the difference between bad music and the good stuff, I think its safe to say one of the performers has some actual talent. And it ain't the real life human being. =P

AxelxGabriel:

Novaova:

AxelxGabriel:
And people who keep calling Miku "She" just proves you're all bought into the hype over a friggen sound editing program.

Fictional characters can have gender. The pronoun "she" is used to refer to Sleeping Beauty (fairy tale), Ellen Ripley (film), and Diana Prince (comic book), why not a fictional pop singer?

Because it's not a defined character or an actual singer. It's just a voice synthesizing program that was giving a cute anime girl as it's mascot. Nothing more. Miku is nothing but a marketing tool.

Always funny to listen to the reasons people hate things;
Because she is not a defined character? Even when the program first came out it was labeled as Hatsune Miku to differentiate it from other Vocaloid programs.
Not an actual singer? the program uses samples from Saki Fujita, sure it's controlled like an advanced soundboard but who gives a shit?
Cute anime girl mascot? Sure maybe you hate it but it's a selling point for a lot of people, is it bad to like something that's created as a mascot for something?
Miku is a marketing tool? The same could be said about any positive aspect of a product for sale, if the product isn't bad and it's not used in an annoying way then why the hell would this be a bad thing?

Seems more like you're just one of those people who hate Vocaloid and feel the need to tack on meaningless arguments to prove your opinion is better.

This is coming from a guy who doesn't even like the sound of Vocaloid songs (although her design is cute).

Atmos Duality:
So, I guess this confirms that pop music is in fact converging towards total artificiality, given how we're openly referring to digital voice programs as "people" now who exist in the tangible, physical world without a hint of irony.

By that logic, VLC Player and my mp3 folder can go on tour.

With Autotune, Disney's and other corporation's manufactured teen pop sensations that have about a five year service life, and using holograms to put a guy that's been dead for 20 years on stage, most of the music industry had been artificial for a long time. This is just the next step, since paying a girl to wiggle her ass in a revealing fashion-vomit-nightmare on stage takes too much money away from the execs. You can either sit back and enjoy it or be like me and just listen to movie, tv, and video game soundtracks and their remixes, because that's where the real music went a long time ago. No stupid publicity stunts with small bands, composers, orchestras, or FL studio musicians to keep the public eye focused on them either.

AxelxGabriel:
Miku is nothing more then a corperate brain child by feeding into the stuff Japanese kids like. It's boring, bland, tasteless and quite frankly just plain bad singing.

And people who keep calling Miku "She" just proves you're all bought into the hype over a friggen sound editing program.

This kind of wording immediately reminds me of certain personae using hot-button words to provoke negative feelings out of people. How about saying something that's a little less xenophobic and self-conceited, yes?

On topic, I did not realize Lady Gaga was still relevant.

Yeah, a friend shared that with me earlier today.

My reaction: "0_o Lady Gaga knows what a Vocaloid is, and is cool with her shows being opened by one?! REALLY?! ...Huh. Wow. That's...Ah...unexpected. Cool I guess?"

It's kinda jarring and a surprise, which is exactly what it's meant to be. It's a publicity stunt, and it IS getting attention, at least on this site. And you know what they say, no attention is bad attention. :P

Hairless Mammoth:
-and just listen to movie, tv, and video game soundtracks and their remixes, because that's where the real music went a long time ago. No stupid publicity stunts with small bands, composers, orchestras, or FL studio musicians to keep the public eye focused on them either.

Word. I honestly don't keep up with any bands. I just listen to whatever I find that sounds good, and get recommendations from friends.

So mostly game soundtracks and remixes, with some parody songs and chiptunes, as well as a few here and there songs from guys like Poets of the Fall, Nightwish or whoever my friends recommend I give a listen to and I end up liking. :P

I kinda wanna go see one of her concerts now.

Well, The Born This Way Ball did really well in Asia (well, at least East Asia), so I guess she wanted to get some acts from East Asia to show appreciation(?). Probably not, she's madly pretentious so it may just be because she likes the aesthetic of the performer.

Can't really say I'm surprised (speaking as a fan here), I mean after The Born This Way Ball's ending it doesn't surprise me that she's going to pull any trick to get people to go to ArtRave (or is it ArtRave: The ARTPOP Ball Tour?).

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