November 11, 2015


Japanese Hologram Singer Hatsune Miku Announces U.S. Tour

via @mikuexpo on Twitter
via @mikuexpo on Twitter

After opening on Lady Gaga's Artpop tour, getting remixed by Pharrell and landing a performance on The Late Show, Japan's beloved virtual pop star Hatsune Miku will embark on her first North American tour.

The hologram singer has added eight stops on her Miku Expo 2016 trek next spring, marking her most extensive touring in America yet. But if your city isn't included on the list, there's still hope: The starlet may make some surprise stops. Crypton Future Media—the company that created and promotes Hatsune—said in a press release

"Miku Expo 2016 will be more focused on concerts, but we plan on holding several surprise events in cities with performances and maybe even some cities between tour stops. They will feature collaborations with special guests and new songs, including the winner of a song contest organized during the tour's build-up."

If you don't quite understand Miku, the quick primer is that Hatsune is actually a "vocaloid," which is the name given to a figure who visually represents a vocal synthesizer program. It's sort of like how a producer creates sounds and tones with synths, but with human vocal notes. Fans buy a software program to create their own music with Hatsune as the singer, making her into their ideal pop superstar whether that means a polka singer (this video of has nearly 14 million views) or into a Disney princess (she has several covers of "Let It Go").

Check out Hatsune's full Miku Expo 2016 tour list to date:

March 23-24 - Fukuoka, Japan - Zepp Fukuoka
March 29 - Osaka, Japan - Zepp Namba
March 31 - Nagoya, Japan - Zepp Nagoya
April 5 - Sapporo, Japan - Zepp Sapporo
April 9-10 - Tokyo, Japan - Zepp Tokyo
April 23 - Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater
April 30 San Francisco, CA - The Warfield (two shows)
May 6 - Los Angeles, CA - Microsoft Theater
May 14 - Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory
May 20 - Toronto, Ontario - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
May 28 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom (two shows)