Nov 112020
 

Today, the official Hatsune Miku Twitter account announced the beginning of the Hatsune Miku Expo 2021 Online crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter!

The Kickstarter campaign, managed by Crypton Future Media, aims to bring Miku Expo 2021 to a worldwide audience via online streaming in light of the current world situation.  In order to succeed, the campaign must meet or exceed its initial goal of 25 million yen (roughly 237,748 USD) within 60 days.  As of writing, the campaign has already raised over 9 million yen from more than 200 backers.  The deadline for the initial crowdfunding goal is Sunday, January 10, 2021, at 8:48 PM EST.

When the initial goal is met, Miku Expo 2021 Online will have a 10-song setlist.  Beyond that, there are 3 stretch goals that will enhance the experience.  In the best-case scenario, Miku Expo 2021 Online will feature a setlist of 14 songs, along with the Song Contest winner!

If you love Miku and are financially able to do so, consider contributing to the crowdfunding campaign to help bring Miku to the world in these challenging times.  There are several contribution tiers to choose from, all with different perks and merchandise to be delivered if the campaign is successful.  Details for each tier can be found on the campaign’s Kickstarter page.

  • 1,000 yen – VIP Membership
  • 3,900 yen – Music Pack
  • 5,000 yen – Music Pack Deluxe
  • 8,000 yen – Merch Pack 1
  • 10,000 yen – Merch Pack 2
  • 15,000 yen – Merch Pack 3
  • 20,000 yen – Merch Pack 4
  • 30,000 yen – Merch Pack Deluxe
  • 39,000 yen – Video Pack
  • 50,000 yen – Video Pack Deluxe
  • 75,000 yen – MYMIKU Pack
  • 100,000 yen – MYMIKU Pack Deluxe
  • 390,000 yen – Producer Pack
  • 600,000 yen – Producer Pack Deluxe (all claimed)

As stated on the campaign page, this is an “all or nothing” campaign: Miku Expo 2021 Online is guaranteed only if the initial goal of 25 million yen is met or exceeded.

Let’s help Miku bring smiles to the world in 2021!

 

Oct 022020
 

On September 24, 2015, the Vocaloid community mourned the loss of samfree.

Best known for the infectious Eurobeat track “Luka Luka Night Fever,” samfree was one of the first Vocaloid producers, creating tracks in the genre’s early days and rising to prominence within the Japanese community and later, the international community.  Five years after his passing, his works retain their popularity and continue to inspire new generations of Vocaloid producers and fans.  While most fans know him for “Luka Luka Night Fever,” samfree’s work encompassed more than this one smash hit.

Sano Takayuki was born on September 9, 1984, in Niigata, the capital city of Niigata, Japan.  He uploaded his first Vocaloid track, “Daybreak,” to Nico Nico Douga on November 11, 2007, less than 3 months after Crypton Future Media first released the Vocaloid software for Hatsune Miku.  The lyrics speak of wandering through darkness in search of the light, a light that will always come at daybreak.  While the 1:56 track has garnered a mere 15,302 views over the past 13 years, it was the start of many things to come for the young producer.

He rounded out 2007 with 7 more tracks: Tender Wind, Daybreak -Full ver-, 桜のような恋でした (It Was A Cherry-Blossom-Like Love), 君のメロディー (Your Melody), CHAIN, Daybreak (Kagamine Rin Version), and Daybreak (Kagamine Len Version).  Of these 7 tracks, the full version of “Daybreak” featuring Hatsune Miku became his most popular track of 2007, clocking in at 482,471 views as of the writing of this article.

In the span of 8 years, samfree uploaded a grand total of 65 Vocaloid tracks to Nico Nico Douga, averaging close to 2 tracks per month.  While most of the tracks are his original works and remixes sung by Vocaloids, some feature samfree himself and others singing along to Vocaloid tracks from other producers such as kz-livetune and Dixie Flatline.  His most popular tracks comprise the “Night” series: Luka Luka Night Fever, Tako Luka Maguro Fever, Megu Megu Fire Endless Night, Miki Miki Romantic Night, and others.  By far, “Luka Luka Night Fever” is his most popular track to date, clocking in at almost 5 million views as of the writing of this article.  Uploaded on February 12, 2009, it is widely regarded as one of Megurine Luka’s unofficial theme songs.

The final Vocaloid track samfree uploaded to Nico Nico Douga was “Mind Voice,” featuring IA, debuting on August 21, 2015.  It is believed that samfree composed this track knowing that he did not have much time left in this world and that the most important thing is to never give up.  As the track’s lyrics say, “What you have to go on is what lies in your heart.”  To date, “Mind Voice” clocks in at 260,591 views, with many comments from users around the world expressing their condolences upon his sudden passing just over one month later, at the young age of 31.

While Sano Takayuki’s life was cut short too soon, his contributions to the Vocaloid community are many, and perhaps both his well-known and lesser-known works will inspire others in 2020 and beyond.

Sep 282020
 

September 25th marks the 13th anniversary of the Vocaloid track “Packaged” by livetune.

This was the first Vocaloid track kz ever uploaded onto the Internet, beginning what has become a long and prosperous music production career.  While kz had been creating remixes of various tracks under the name RE:NDZ before the release of “Packaged,” this track was what first put him on the map.  Today, kz is one of the most recognized Vocaloid producers in the world and has left his mark in various other genres, from anime OPs to mainstream EDM.

Initially uploaded as a test video a few days earlier, “Packaged” was first uploaded to Nico Nico Douga on September 25, 2007, less than a month after Crypton Future Media first released the Vocaloid software for Hatsune Miku.  The track also made its way to the now-defunct music sharing site Muzie.  “Packaged” would become the title track of livetune’s first Vocaloid album, Re:package, released on August 27, 2008, with the record label Victor Entertainment.  This is significant because Re:package was the first Vocaloid album ever released by a major record label.  At the time, livetune originally consisted of 2 members, kz and Kajuki P, before the latter left livetune and ultimately retired from the Vocaloid scene in August 2008, shortly after the release of Re:package.  “Packaged” has been remixed and re-released several times since, including:

  • Packaged (piano ver) – Re:package (August 27, 2008)
  • Packaged (kisk baker’s yogamix) – Re:MIKUS (March 29, 2009)
  • Packaged – Re:Dial (March 20, 2013)
  • Packaged (Shipping in 2013 remix) – DECORATOR EP (March 5, 2014)

As of the writing of this article, the Nico Nico Douga upload of “Packaged” has been viewed 2,272,621 times with 115 comments.  It peaked at rank #7 in the “Musics” category and ranks in the top 10 for “Original Miku Song.”  A few years after starting a YouTube account, kz uploaded “Packaged” there on December 15, 2011, where it has racked up an additional 391,314 views.  While it is not quite as popular and well-known as kz’s later works and the works of other well-known Vocaloid producers, “Packaged” was the first spark that began kz’s journey to become the music production powerhouse he is today and paved the way for other aspiring Vocaloid producers to follow.



Aug 312020
 

Happy 13th Birthday to the world’s Digital Songstress, Hatsune Miku! The past year hasn’t been without a few hiccups, but some important memories were still made along the way. Snow Miku 2020 was quite enjoyable, Magical Mirai 2020 still appears to be happening in 2020, SUPER GT is underway, and there were a few collaborations here and there as well.

As always, there’s a wealth of new music and illustrations from various creators around the world to celebrate this special day. We’ll throw a few into the post below, but be sure to share some of your own favorites in the comments with other fans! You can explore more on Twitter with the hashtag #初音ミク誕生祭2020, and on Pixiv with the tag 初音ミク誕生祭2020!
















Jun 142020
 

The official album for Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai 2020 has been announced! Although the event for Osaka has been postponed, it looks like the official album will be released as planned. The song list is of course a partial spoiler for the concert setlist, so you’ve been warned!

The album features 10 songs and 2 PVs in a CD+DVD combo set for 2200 JPY (tax included), and it expected to ship on Hatsune Miku’s birthday on August 31st, 2020. Check out the tracklist below!

DISC.1 [CD]

01. 愛されなくても君がいる / PinocchioP feat. Hatsune Miku <Magical Mirai 2020 Theme Song>
02. キミペディア / Junky feat. Kagamine Rin & Len
03. Hyper Reality Show / Utsu-P feat. Hatsune Miku
04. YY / 23.exe feat. Hatsune Miku
05. きみとぼくのレゾナンス / NanameueP feat. MEIKO <MEIKO 15th Anniversary Theme Song>
06. Kanzensei Complex / Yamichro feat. Megurine Luka
07. Shabon / Hachiya Nanashi feat. Hatsune Miku
08. Mikaboshi / 3106。 feat. KAITO
09. Marui Unabara / GoBS feat. Hatsune Miku <Song Contest Winner>
10. NEW SONG BY KINOSHITA / Kinoshita feat. Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin, Megurine Luka, MEIKO <Bonus Track>

DISC.2 [DVD]

01. 愛されなくても君がいる / PinocchioP feat. Hatsune Miku <Music Video>
02. きみとぼくのレゾナンス / NanameueP feat. MEIKO <Music Video>

The album is currently available for preorder on CDJapan, although most overseas shipping options are unavailable due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It’s also planned to be released on Amazon Japan, Amiami, Animate and more. Hopefully more shipping options will become available soon!

EDIT 6/22/2020 (New Shop Links)

> CDJapan
> Amazon Japan
> Amiami

Official Album Page: https://magicalmirai.com/2020/osaka/goods_cd.html