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Leehom is new king of Weibo

He is known to take Weibo seriously and to send out a post every day, no matter how trivial. -ST

Fri, Dec 07, 2012
The Straits Times

TAIPEI - Pop star Wang Leehom has been proclaimed king of Weibo, as his microblog draws more than 27 million followers and overtakes television star Yao Chen's in popularity.

The Chinese American singer-songwriter's following on China's Twitter on Sunday edged past that of the Chinese actress, who has 26.9 million readers online, said Apple Daily on Tuesday.

Wang, 36, is known to take Weibo seriously and to send out a post every day, no matter how trivial, according to the newspaper. He shares about his work and daily things such as doing his laundry or repairing a device.

His Weibo is like a diary, and because he tends to post entries after work in the small hours, his fans stay up late for his updates, said Apple Daily.

Rumours about his private life - such as his close friendship with Chinese pianist Li Yundi and a sighting of him going home with Taiwanese model Evelyn Lin - have drummed up interest in his microblog too.

But he ran into trouble on Weibo two months ago, when he posted a picture of himself with a Japanese camera, and was attacked by Chinese netizens angry about a territorial dispute with Japan.

He thanked his fans on Sunday for following his microblog. He said: "We are entering a new media age, and the creation and distribution of music must follow, so my new song Zodiac will be issued on digital platforms including a legal download service on my personal website."

Yao, 33, had reigned as the queen of Weibo for three years, before she was dislodged by Wang.

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