Meet Hatsune Miku, The Sensational Japanese Pop Star Who Doesn't Really Exist

October 9, 2014 3:33 AM

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Hatsune Miku is the world’s most famous virtual pop star. And now she’s even more famous, having made her U.S. television debut this Wednesday on "Late Night With David Letterman." She didn’t come out of nowhere: this summer, the Japanese sensation toured as an opener for Lady Gaga, appearing regularly on stages around the country in a confounding flash.

All Miku concert footage makes for strange watching, to be sure. Legions of fans pump light sticks at every swish of those blue ponytails, as if a virtual star needs the encouragement. The sight is arguably even odder live, as Miku doesn’t exactly seem worth the fuss in person. Media outlets routine...

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