Pop star ignites selfie craze
Hundreds of people could be found waiting in line for hours on the Bund last week, not because they were queuing to buy tickets to a cruise ride, but because they simply wanted a selfie — with a mailbox.
The craze was started when Chinese pop star Lu Han posted on Weibo a photo of himself standing beside that particular mailbox on April 8, one day before his concert at the Shanghai Grand Stage.
Reaction to Lu’s post was swift, with people turning up at that very location just an hour later around midnight. By daybreak, a queue measuring more than 200 meters had already formed. A security staff surnamed You told The Paper that he was “frightened” by the crowd as well as the frequent enquiries about the location of this mailbox.
Fans of the pop star could still be found queuing on the night of his concert. The Paper reported that the queue only started to dissipate around 6 pm on April 10.
“Many of us girls have come from other cities for the concert, and we’d like to have pictures taken at the same location as our idol before we leave town,” said a fan named Guo Fang.
“It’s just like how many people are having pictures taken at the same crossing The Beatles were at. We just don’t want to leave the city with any regret.”
One of the most popular idols in China, Lu began his career as a member of EXO, a group of 12 men from SM Company, a major entertainment agency in South Korea. The massively popular 26-year-old set a Guinness World Record in 2014 for having the Weibo post with the most number of replies. His football-themed post garnered more than 13 million comments as of Aug 5, 2014. Lu has 17 million followers on Weibo, Chinese for microblog.
The singer’s first music album Reloaded was released last December and his Reloaded concert tour took place in Beijing and Guangzhou before ending in Shanghai. The concert tickets were priced between 420 yuan ($65) and 1,990 yuan, almost the same price range as American superstar Taylor Swift. Just like his American counterpart, Lu’s concert tickets were sold out immediately upon release — according to ifeng.com, there were no tickets left to his Beijing show just 30 seconds after they were made available online.
Pop star Lu Han