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Hatsune Miku - World's Fakest Popstar

So I'm all for spreading Vocaloid around the world everywhere! But some fans have expressed their displeasure at certain article appearing in CBS. I agree wholeheartedly with some of the enraged fans' comments!

Hatsune Miku is the rarest kind of pop star. She is enduringly popular in her native country of Japan. She has never been photographed stumbling out of night clubs in the early hours of the morning, and never had issues with drugs or alcohol. She has, in fact, never been seen outside of her concerts at all. This is because Miku is also the fakest kind of pop star. She is a hologram.

More accurately, Hatsune Miku is a digital avatar. Wikipedia describes her as a "singing synthesizer application with a female persona," created by Crypton Future Media. Using Yamaha's Vocaloid software, anyone with enough technical know-how can program Miku to perform any song on a computer.

In Japan, where synthetic characters -- such as Hello Kitty -- are often far more enduring than real celebrities, Miku has been a huge hit. The holographic star has performed multiple sold-out concerts in her home country and abroad. Projected larger than life on a screen, Miku sings and dances according to the direction of programmers who "choreographed" the concert weeks or months in advance.

The stark unreality of Hatsune Miku doesn't seem to bother her fans at all.

Not offensive in any way, but the whole description of the virtual goddess as "Fake" is downright frustrating as some fans made their displeasure of the description known.

Here's something to listen to if you decide to read a few comments!

The voice is not fake as pointed out above and the people who use Vocaloid are not fake. How about telling people who use a keyboard instead of a piano that they are a bunch of fakes too. Same amount of work, same effort put into it, and same end product, they just don't have someone to mess around on stage. As for the choreography, I recommend 5 more minutes on Google to see how it was actually done, yes, that is right it was real dancers that did the event and the Miku, Luka, Ren and Len mascots movements were made based on their movements similar to green screen.

At the concerts humans played the music, humans wrote the music, humans danced to create the virtual images and in a couple cases humans sang the music. Sounds real to me.

How about this. Tell Ryo from Supercell that he is a fake artist despite the fact he has been producing music since 2007, and as Supercell produced 2 albums and 4 singles. He then created a second label called Egoist, hired his second singer, yes a human being, and had music featured as the opening and ending of at least 3 series.

Your "Fake" is also on iTunes selling songs by many artists without the need to deal with a studio, hire singers and other instrumental players, making it big, and successfully doing so later.

I recommend more journalism and less Wikipedia. Does this mean I can call this so-called "journalist" a Fake?


Please note that Miku isn't a "hologram", that's just what they use for the concerts instead of 2D animation on a regular screen; it's faster to animate with 3D models. The avatar that represents her is just that, you can create and listen to a song using her vocals without the need of an image or fanmade video. Also, most songs don't get shown in those concerts, just the incredibly popular ones. There's an unimaginable amount of songs that use her vocals and it would be impossible to play them all in one sitting.

Using the word "fake" is incredibly misleading and in the 21st century, is used as an insult to some extent. VOCALOID is just software used for adding lyrics to your music, nothing fake about that at all. Please do research before writing an article about a topic such as this, most sites post inaccurate information so you need to get into the fandom a bit yourself. This is all starting to remind me of that godawful Clash magazine article about her from last year....


Well, Great job on doing no research! For one thing, you looked at Wikipedia, and everyone knows that they aren't completely right. Due to the fact that anyone can edit Wikipedia, it comes up with weird BS. On top of that, this is just a stupid article! Miku isn't "fake"! On the contrary, she is most very real, and extremely loved. She was voiced by a REAL woman named Saki Fujita! I do realize that Vocaloids are just programs, and I would be stupid to not know that. She has a character that the fanbase has given her, but now Crypton has taken it on. Hatsune Miku and every other vocaloid, are amazing creations. They were originally created for bands that didn't have a vocalist, and needed one. The best part, is that a lot of them sound very realistic! Now, they may not be used they were originally intended to be, but they are still very cool! Miku is more real of an idol, then most of us will ever be. The fact that they have managed to make concerts for these vocaloids is more then amazing! I would add more, but I don't want to go on an even larger rant. Next time, please do more research on your topic! (P.S. "Fakest" isn't a word.)


Congrats to the author for doing absolutely no research into the matter other than reading the summary on Wikipedia.

First of all, is Mozart's music fake because it didn't feature singing? Miku, and the rest of the voice banks for Vocaloid, are instruments.

Sure, anyone can use Vocaloid, but just like any other instrument, it takes an artist to master it.

Also, "fake" implies that it's a scam or doesn't exist. I don't see anything fake about Vocaloid; it's simply an instrument. There's a guitar sitting five feet to my right; are you telling me it's not there because it has the same implications as Vocaloid?

Finally, every other popstar who's conditioned for their image rather than voice or talent are just as fake if Miku is fake.

Have fun with your content-free articles and questionable reporters, CBS.


The numerous problems with this article astound me.

First of all, "fakest" is not a word. Dictionaries are fabulous tools that someone needs to introduce this writer to. Also, using "fake" to describe Miku really gives readers the wrong impression. Is it fake when a person devotes their time and effort into putting their feelings into a song? Are people such as KarenT, and Supercell making their careers off of a "fake" character? No. She may not be alive, but that does not mean that she is fake (that would be like saying rocks are fake because they are not alive). The reason Miku appeals to people is because sing their REAL feelings. They don't have to get signed and deal with the music companies, because how many companies would sign on something like "Rolling Girl"?

Now I am going to assume that CBS was joking when they hired this...sham of a writer. Using Wikipedia as a source? You do realize that students are not even allowed to use Wikipedia in high school because of the unreliability, correct? Tupac and holograms were already mentioned in a Yahoo! article (which also used the same video), and when the author quoted the "Wired" article, which was so blatant in its bias that it was sickening, I felt my sense of respect go down the drain.

I know it's impossible to cover everything related to Vocaloids, but I find it hard that you can mention Miku's fans without mentioning NicoNico, which has allowed the many vocaloid users and fans to share their songs and art with each other. There's also no mention of Miku impacting Japanese culture other than concerts and that she is a "big hit." Google Chrome and Toyota have done commercials using Miku, and a political party even wanted to use Miku to appeal to young voters.

Well, I could go on and on, but I would just be wasting my time.
Goodbye CBS, have fun with your shoddy articles and reporters.

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