Virtual idol Hatsune Miku has finally secured her rightful position near the top of Japan’s national music sales charts, coming in at number 2 on the daily album sales charts thanks to the efforts of group/circle Supercell.
Supercell’s debut album “Supercell”, containing classics like “World is Mine”, “Melt, and “Black Rock Shooter” (below), sold 20,000 copies on the day of its release, triumphantly seizing second place in the best performance yet by a Vocaloid in the traditional music markets (as opposed to their undisputed dominance over Nico and the like).
Their fame is chiefly based on freely distributing their music videos/songs on Nico and YouTube, as well as providing mp3s, demonstrating the effectiveness of a new model of music promotion.
Black Rock Shooter:
World is Mine:
Love is War:
Via Oricon, the organisation responsible for many of the top sales charts in Japan.
With the carefully manufactured image of traditional celebrities scarcely any less virtual than the likes of Miku or Luka, might not the future hold more of these entirely synthetic idols? They hardly need to be anime styled either…