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BBC Declares Hatsune Miku Music is the (Not So Distant) Future

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

A new listicle from the BBC is taking a stab and the future of music, and not the distant future but as soon as 2018. The piece "Five visions for the future of music" by writer Paul Glenn looks at current music trends and supposes which will become mainstays in the coming year.

At the top of the list is virtual idol Hatsune Miku. The singer is practically old news in otaku fandom circles, having become the face of her own winning race car, rhythm video game series, crossovers, festivals, and practically anything else you can think of.

Glenn also notes that the virtual star has crossed over into the mainstream, like appearing in music videos with Pharrell Williams and opening for Lady Gaga.

Hatsune Miku's possible move to the forefront of modern music could, according to Glenn, be another part of a trend of virtual singers both fictional and long deceased. The article offers Roy Orbison for example, who is appearing on tour 30 years after his death as a 3D hologram.

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