Luo Tianyi's not human but draws 150 million fans to her performance

Luo Tianyi is a Mandarin-speaking vocaloid whose concerts sell out in minutes. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE
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BEIJING (BLOOMBERG) - Luo Tianyi's New Years' Day performance was sparsely attended by pop star standards, with only about 300 people in the audience. Then again, she was not there either.

To see Luo, one of China's rising superstars, some 150 million tuned in to the live stream on their TVs and mobile devices. The teen singer is a vocaloid, the first Mandarin-speaking, computer-generated, voice-synthesised pop star.

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