Miku Hatsune – why she is so popular

(1)Miku Hatsune – She is a virtual singer with a computer-synthesized voice.
A virtual singer, Miku Hatsune, is highly popular amongst young people. There are more than 600 movies of her which have been viewed over 100,000 times on nico-nico-douga (a video sharing website). Her CDs have placed her in the ranks of popular music.

A major newspaper company introduced her last month because of her rise in popularity.


The movies are in Japanese with English subtitles.

I am going to write about why she is so popular in this journal.

(2)A video sharing website has made her very popular.
First of all, there is a video sharing website(nico-nico-douga) where musicians can publish their original songs. If you access nico-nico-douga you can listen to many songs for free.

Musicians can get feedback for their songs immediately on nico-nico-douga. If a song is great, then it could win the praise of many listeners. This praise makes musicians want to compose new songs, and it is easy and inexpensive to compose and publish their songs on nico-nico-douga with the Miku Hatsune software.

Through nico-nico-douga and Miku Hatsune, some musicians have turned professional.
One example is the artist group called “supercell”. This group composed one of the most popular songs, “Melt”. “Melt” has been viewed more than 4 million times. 56,000 copies of their music album were sold in the first week after publication. This means it ranks 4th among Japan’s popular music rankings.

Miku’s original “メルト” with English lyric REDONE

(3)Many people support Vocaloid (Vocaloid is Miku’s software name).
There are many communities which support vocaloids on the Internet. Some communities like the vocaloids themselves. Other communities like the composers, songs, and videos related to vocaloids.

Vocaloids fans make various contributions. Some make videos for their favorite songs. Some sing their favorite songs and make comments of support on nico-nico-douga.

Vocalids fans like this culture and want to contribute to it using their own skills. Some people like me write about them in English to support vocaloids.

One good example is “bpm”. This superb video made the song more attractive. More people know about “bpm” due to this music video. This song is one of my favorites.

(4) There are more than 10,000 original songs by her.
There are more than 10,000 original songs by her on the Internet as of MAY 2009.
New songs have continued to appear everyday. More than 10 songs on weekdays and more than 20 songs on weekends. Every time you access nico-nico douga, you will certainly find some new songs. you would be hard pressed to listen to every song by her.

There are many songs and various songs on nico-nico-douga. You can listen to songs which are not usually broadcast on TV. When you access nico-nico douga, you can find your favorite song as well.

One example is ”Saihate” which is my favorite this year. This song’s theme is “death, sorrow, and prayer”. “Saihate” has been viewed more than 1 million times.

Some communities have made music chart videos features Miku-Hatsune. Weekly popular charts which is the most popular video series have been published every Tuesday and are viewed average 50,000 times each.These kind of videos can help you find new songs.

(5)This cute robot makes the world amusing.
I have listened to her songs since the autumn of 2007. The first song which fascinated me is “Hazimete no oto”. I started to notice the potential of this software after listening to this song. Her voice sounds somewhat artificial, and worse than a human voice. I am convinced that this software may change the course of music history,though.

Japanese love robots more than other people from other countries. I think that very popular robots like Astro Boy, Doraemon, Gundam, and Evangelion attract Japanese strongly. In Japan A.I. research is at the cutting edge of robotics. Now she is the same as these popular robots. This cute robot makes the world amusing.

I hope you can find songs you love sung by her on the Internet!

“Hazimete no oto” has been viewed more than 1 million times. Here is the video with English subtitles.

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