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2000s Virtual Singer is an aesthetic and character trope based around fictional mascots that many companies used and were popular approximately from 2005 to the mid 2010s. These corporate mascots were often portrayed dancing and/or singing for an audience in a specific space, and generally they were anthropomorphized animals or objects, although a few might be humans. Some music videos involving 2000s Virtual Singers were also marketed as ringtone commercials that one could buy for their mobile phones, specifically due to the technological limitations of the time.

Some iconic child-oriented examples of this aesthetic include Gummibär or Psycho Teddy, both created by the company Jamba!, while other more juvenile examples may include Hatsune Miku and the VOCALOID boom during the late 2000s.

Since 2000s Virtual Singers were primarily popularized through TV ringtone commercials and holiday jingles, the aesthetic possibly started to fall out of style during the mid-2010s, since selling ringtones or wallpapers was no longer fashionable or convenient and they became more widely avaiable for free to the public. Some of the last examples of popular 2000s Virtual Singer commercials may include GUMMI GANGNAM STYLE by Gummibär. It was a parody of the song Oppa Gangnam Style by PSY, which was one of the most popular songs at the time.

Visuals[]

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A Schnuffel Bunny advertisement for a Christmas Screen Knock video, marketed by Jamba! in the late 2000s.

Some visuals associated with the 2000s Virtual Singer aesthetic include:

  • Dancing and singing 3D mascots, often animals and other fantastic creatures
  • Low quality/early CGI
  • Animals singing ringtones, jingles and commercials
  • Detailed backgrounds
  • Childish Eurodance music
  • Using subcultures and trends such as Emos or Scene to gain traction from teenagers
  • Overlap with other 2000s aesthetics (eg: Frutiger Metro, Frutiger Aero)
  • Cute and ironic voices describing the songs (in advertisements)

Music[]

Music videos involving the 2000s Virtual Singer aesthetic often used childish Eurodance songs, often being associated with the Bubblegum Dance subgenre from the Nordic countries. The songs are obviously sung by virtual voices that portray the mascots, and they often use repetitive lyrics or onomatopeias. They are meant to be memorable, energetic and fun, to captivate the younger target audiences.

Controversies[]

Jamster[]

Although Jamba! (also known as Jamster worldwide) was one of the most popular ringtone companies ever and meaningfully carried the 2000s Virtual Singer aesthetic, they were heavily criticized in the mid 2000s for dishonest advertisements, repeated telephone spam towards its customers and charging users more money than necessary. Ringtone advertisements were a relatively new phenomenon at the time and consequently they were heavily unregulated by the law, so Jamster got away with its dishonest actions. The company had spent a lot of money on advertisements - at some point, multiple residents of the United Kingdom reported that they had seen Crazy Frog ads at least 26 times on the TV. Crazy Frog, despite the fact that it drove the ringtone industry to its peak in 2005, it also quickly became one of the most hated fictional characters ever because of the company's scams. The Jamster subscriptions were pretty overpriced consisted of approximately 27$ dollars per year, and at its best, it had a total of 15 million subscribers. The clients reported that Jamster repeatedly spammed their phone numbers, and that simply messaging "STOP" to them wouldn't work and they would use multiple accounts to spam. Users also reported being unknowingly charged more money than necessary, and that the ringtones they could download were really different from what was originally advertised. For the 2000s Virtual Singer aesthetic, this was disastrous because people stopped trusting ringtone subscriptions and by the early 2010s they started to become obsolete. Jamster would eventually close its ringtone market and instead they developed another scam: a fake anti-virus app which reported false viruses and essentially did nothing meaningful. This led to the full downfall of the company, and in 2014, the company became defunct. Today, a fair amount of 2000s Virtual Singer ringtones are lost media as more companies were closed.

Media[]

Fictional Characters[]

  • Anna Blue
  • Baby Kata
  • Baby Vuvu
  • Crazy Frog
  • Dancing Bee-Bear
  • Gummibär
  • Hatsune Miku (sometimes)
  • Holly Dolly
  • ILONA
  • Mickael Turtle
  • Moley
  • Lampi The Bat
  • Loco Loco
  • Partybiene / Party Bee
  • Psycho Teddy
  • René la Taupe / Moley The Mole
  • Rhino Spike
  • Rolli und Rita
  • Schnappi
  • Schnuffel Bunny
  • Sweety Das Kucken / Sweety The Chick
  • The Crazy Frogs
  • Violent Vincent
  • Wonki

Songs[]

  • Axel F by Crazy Frog
  • Ding Dong Song by The Crazy Frogs
  • Doo Bee Doo Bee Doo by Schnuffel
  • Häschenparty by Schnuffel
  • Ich hab' Dich lieb by Schnuffel
  • It Burns! Burns! Burns by Loco Loco
  • Mignon Mignon by René la Taupe
  • Noël que du bonheur by ILONA
  • Land Mines by Violent Vincent
  • Oppa Gummy Style by Gummibär
  • Pee Pee Poo Poo by Baby Kata
  • Psycho Teddy (Do You Really Want To?) by Psycho Teddy
  • Santa Is Coming to Town by Violent Vincent
  • Snuggle Song by Schnuffel
  • So Alone by Anna Blue
  • The Gummy Bear Song by Gummibär
  • Un Monde Parfait by ILONA
  • Violent Vincent by Violent Vincent
  • Was ist dein Lieblingsfach? by Rolli und Rita
  • Yummy, Yummy by Moley

Brands[]

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An example of what Club 28282's website looked like in 2008. The service is now defunct and has been mostly forgotten.

  • Club 28282
  • Dada Mobile
  • Jamba!
  • Jamster

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