Asahi News is full of gushing praise for her, and seems pathetically eager about pushing her as the “Japanese Gaga”:
On the 17th, model and singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (18) debuted with her mini-album “MoshiMoshi Harajuku.”
With music produced by Perfume producer Yasutaka Nakata, the included song “PONPONPON” was given advance distribution in 23 countries overseas, garnering much attention in Europe and the US, grabbing the number 1 spot in the Finland iTunes store’s electronic chart and the number 4 spot in both Belgium and Sweden.
The PV’s YouTube distribution has seen it receive 1.5 million views, 40% of which are from the US. Overseas searches for “kawaii” and “harajuku” all bring up Kyari. Limp Bizkit vocalist Fred Durst has even introduced her video to young people using Twitter, and there are many videos emulating her visual style.
Kyari herself has this to say about her international success: “I’m surprised by the international reaction, but as my objective is to spread Harajuku culture and music throughout the world I’m delighted. I envision a world tour!”
The day when this Harajuku 18-year-old is known as the “Japanese Lady Gaga” may not be far off.