Yasushi Akimoto, a Japanese music producer with a profitable monitor document of selling woman teams AKB48 and Nogizaka46, is leaping right into a J-pop metaverse undertaking with native crypto firm Overs Co. Ltd.
Akimoto will function the final producer of the undertaking that can launch a brand new idol band on the digital platform in 2023.
Whereas particulars concerning the brand new J-pop band is but to be revealed, Overs introduced that the metaverse shall be financed by an preliminary trade providing (IEO), the place an organization sells new cryptocurrencies by a longtime trade to boost funds.
Overs will implement the IEO early subsequent yr and the metaverse idol group is deliberate to debut in winter of 2023.
In an earlier press launch previous to Akimoto’s becoming a member of, Overs defined that the metaverse band will fulfill conventional actions as an idol group comparable to releasing music and holding concert events whereas using blockchain know-how and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to interact with followers.
Japan’s main producer and lyricist Akimoto has bought over 100 million copies globally in his 40-year musical profession, the largest hits being a collection of woman bands recognized for his or her perky idea and having 40+ members.
The nation wealthy with mental property (IP) is not any stranger to simulated musical acts. A holographic artist generated by a voice synthesizer named Hatsune Miku stays some of the influential acts in Japan.
In the meantime, neighboring South Korea’s music scene is already closely invested within the metaverse.
The self-proclaimed “metaverse Okay-pop woman group” Aespa, which has 4 human members with 4 CGI counterparts, had their newest launch turn into the best-selling album by a feminine group within the historical past of Korean music.
HYBE Co., Ltd., the leisure company for BTS, has launched a Los Angeles-based three way partnership with Dunamu, which operates South Korea’s Upbit crypto trade. The three way partnership, named Levvels, plans to service NFT and metaverse companies that make the most of Okay-pop IPs.
Different varied industries in Japan seem desperate to merge their merchandise with the metaverse and digital know-how. Gaming big Nintendo’s president stated earlier this yr that the metaverse is “of curiosity,” whereas domestically dominant cellular provider NTT Docomo introduced plans to supply companies within the metaverse within the close to future.