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 singer has announced on Twitter.
Hatsune, a 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 158cm tall and weighs a dainty 42kg.
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.