Supercell and Hatsune Miku's and U.S. Debuts: Music Illustrators and Holograms

When we listen to a song and think about the performers that made it, we usually picture singers and instrumentalists performing on stage, not illustrators and a sexy hologram, oh yeah and a few musicians. But that's exactly what this concert has.

That's right. We've officially entered the future. We now have hologram teen pop icons.

But when you think about it, it kind of makes sense. The star of the show, hologram Hatsune Miku, is an agent's wet-dream. She forever has the form of a 16-year-old schoolgirl, so she'll never get old or spend a dime on Botox. She draws in the crowd with her short skirt and cute looks, but won't ever do anything silly enough (*cough* Britney) to land her in the tabloids. Ah, perfection made easy.

Hatsune's previous concerts in Japan featured a large invisible screen with a hologram of the foxy character, who's taken from Crypton Future Media's Vocaloid Character Series software. Vocaloid is a software that lets anyone make music, regardless any actual music background or talent level. Users type out their lyrics and pick melodies to which pre-recorded voices are then synthesized to make a song.

While already absurdly popular in Japan, the land where anything cute becomes a phenomenon, Hatsune has a large and growing fanbase in the United States: Hatsune Miku is set to perform a sold-out show at Anime Expo in Los Angeles in July.

Supercell is set to officially debut in the U.S. with a full-length album, Supercell Featuring Hatsune Miku, available June 21 on iTunes and Amazon. Supercell's first single, "THE WORLD IS MINE," placed fourth on the iTunes World Music after being released in North America on May 10.

As for Supercell Featuring Hatsune Miku music, it's an upbeat blend of pop and techno, band leader, Ryo says he "wanted to compose love songs that would be believable for a teen like her to sing," according to a release. So she'll appeal to all teenie boppers as well (?).

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