Virtual idol Hatsune Miku topping 2012 Olympics poll

Virtual idol Hatsune Miku topping 2012 Olympics poll

Summary: In a recent poll, Japan's virtual idol currently has the crown with thousands of votes for the 2012 London Olympics.

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You may or may not be aware of Hatsune Miku, Japan's foremost digital idol, but she is one of the things most likely to top 'Japan's weirdest exports' lists year round.

She's been around since 2007, and the chances are that you've already heard of her.

What you might not know is just how popular the vocaloid actually is internationally.

Hatsune Miku currently tops an online poll of, "Singers you'd like to perform at the London 2012 Olympics", over other such superstars as Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, or even Japan's own megagroup AKB48.

Although the poll is by no means an official ranking of any sort, as Penn-Olson writer Yukari Mitsuhashi noted, the fact that this is a UK based website and UK based poll topic makes it quite unusual.

Actually, the fact that she's not actually real is what makes it so unusual. The prospect of 'her' headlining the London Olympics is just plain bizarre, let alone unlikely. She's already performed live, and quite successfully, with the help of some projection trickery.

Not that 'virtual' musicians are particularly new, Gorillaz headlined the UK's Glastonbury festival in 2010 in place of original headlines U2. Perhaps a virtual icon isn't so far-fetched for such a performance?

Hatsune Miku is the combination of Yamaha Corp.'s Vocaloid 2 synthesising technology and Japanese voice actress Saki Fujita, a creation of Crypton Future Media.

Miku is a sensation. Not just in Japan but also worldwide. UK's Clash magazine already ran a feature on the idol (albeit using a real model), and Google chose Miku for their Google Chrome advertising campaign -- signalling her as literally Japan's equivalent of Lady Gage or Justin Bieber, who fronted the U.S. campaign.

The chances of her actually performing at the London Olympics are slim to none, but the comments on the poll are very enlightening when explaining the idol's appeal. "Her songs are made from fans all around the world," one commenter said.

"She may be 'just a computer software' to some people, but to all of her fans, she is just as alive as we are."

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  • RE: Virtual idol Hatsune Miku topping 2012 Olympics poll

    I can imagine all the oldies having a heart attack if the Vocaloid crew were part of the Olympics.

    I'm all for it, to be honest. While I'm not personally a fan of Vocaloid, it's different, which is far more amusing to me than yet another pop superstar.
    Aerowind
  • RE: Virtual idol Hatsune Miku topping 2012 Olympics poll

    I think its a great idea.
    wendellgee2
  • RE: Virtual idol Hatsune Miku topping 2012 Olympics poll

    You know the best thing about Miku?
    Anyone with the software and talent can create a Miku (or other Vocaloid) song.

    What's the bet that the RIAA will lobby the US Congress to have the software banned? ;)
    lehnerus2000
  • RE: Virtual idol Hatsune Miku topping 2012 Olympics poll

    I would love to have Miku (or any of the other Vocaloids/Utaus) performing there! It would be something different and therefore better. But which song would she sing...? Tajuu Mirai Quartet would be a cool pick.
    Chibiwing
  • That didn't take long ...

    Apparently some group is making false copyright infringement claims about Miku videos on YouTube.
    As a result YouTube is deleting them as fast as it can.
    lehnerus2000
  • RE: Virtual idol Hatsune Miku topping 2012 Olympics poll

    I'm coming from Croatia and I have been musician for almost 20 years. But Miku's live performance has left me in awe. It's just unique, something new and fresh and I think that the vocaloid has a great potential for the future. For me she isn't just a bunch of light or synthesizer, but she rather brings joy to many people's hearts like a real person do. Aside from that she's extremely popular I think that bringing her to Olympics would match bringing any other mainstream band on the stage and organizers of the OG wouldn't miss the point if they chose her. Let's wait and see.
    mutantkeyboard
  • Shocked!

    This is something that made my jaw wide open :O
    Peter_Perry