Increasing Interest in AI
More domestic internet firms are taking an interest in the industry. The value of China’s virtual idol industry was at 100 million yuan or $14 million only two years ago. But now, it’s expected to increase to a whopping 1.5 billion yuan or more than $210 million.
Last year, Luo Tianyi, a Chinese virtual idol, performed with top pianist Lang Lang. This event marked China’s first-ever concert between a real-life musician and a holographic artist. Now, Luo’s Weibo boasts more than 4 million followers.
The virtual idol trend started to gain traction in Japan. Hatsune Miku, a pioneer AI idol has gained millions of fans through her music. She has also performed multiple times in China, singing in both Japanese and Chinese.
You can check out LING at her official account at Weibo.