Namie Amuro/Hatsune Miku's Music Video Unites Singers in CG Neo Tokyo
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The official YouTube channel of Japanese singer Namie Amuro began streaming the animated music video for her song "B Who I Want 2 B feat. HATSUNE MIKU" on Wednesday. The song is her collaboration with Crypton Future Media 's virtual Vocaloid singer Hatsune Miku.
Techniques from both 3D CG animation and 2D animation were used to create the music video. The video's concept is "Neo Tokyo," and explores the themes and settings of "Urban," "Game," and "Fashion." Avex record label Dimension Point previously streamed a preview for the song in June. The song is available in Amuro's latest album _genic, which Dimension Point released on June 10.
Nylon TV also began streaming a "making of" video for the music video, portraying Amuro and Hatsune Miku in 3D CG relaxing and talking in a manner similar to candid footage.
The 3D CG models of Amuro and Hatsune Miku appeared on the cover of the latest issue of the Japanese edition of pop culture magazine Nylon on September 28, as well as the cover of the latest issue of the DTM Magazine music magazine on October 8. The app "Namie Amuro 3D camera" allows users to see a 3D model of Amuro in 360 degrees in four poses and take photos. The singer herself is in the middle of a nationwide 15-city, 44-concert "Namie Amuro Livegenic 2015-2016" tour. She will also embark on her first Asian tour in about three years. Her website is holding a poll on which artist fans would like to see on her next collaboration.
Sophie, a producer in the British underground scene who collaborated on Madonna's new song "Bitch I'm Madonna," produced "B Who I Want 2 B." Sophie co-wrote the lyrics with Mitchie M, a producer of Vocaloid songs whose music videos have garnered over 20 million views on video-sharing sites. Shigenori Soejima, the character designer and art director on such Atlus games as Persona 3, Persona 4, and Catherine, drew the song's visual:
Amuro has enjoyed chart-topping success in Japan since her 1995 album Body Feels Exit. The title of her new album _genic refers to the English word "photogenic" and the symbol for "blank," and Amuro intends it to symbolize her message to listeners, "I want you imagine what you like." Amuro performed theme songs for Pokémon 2000 - The Movie, Inuyasha, One Piece, and Nintama Rantaro.