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Japan virtual star Hatsune to join Lady Gaga tour

  • This file photo taken on June 13, 2011 shows a digital animation of singer Miku Hatsune performing before the press in Tokyo. AFP PHOTO / FILES / Yoshikazu TSUNO

TOKYO: 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 US songstress has announced on Twitter.

The pixel-perfect pop princess, whose voice is also the product of digital code, will perform in 3D 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!" @ladygaga 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 centimetres (five feet two) tall and weighs a dainty 42 kilograms (93 pounds).

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.

 
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Summary

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 US songstress has announced on Twitter.

The programmers who created Miku are vague about her persona, but very specific about her stats -- the teenage pop queen is 158 centimetres (five feet two) tall and weighs a dainty 42 kilograms (93 pounds).

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.


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