Sola Aoi goes from porn star to pop queen
Japanese AV (adult video) actress Sola Aoi has made her debut as a singer -- in China.
The porn actress, who has built up a sizeable following in China in recent years, released "mai yu" (毛衣/ Sweater) yesterday via Chinese mobile phone networks and PC downloads sites.
Speaking to CNNGo, Aoi said, "I read language textbooks and listened to dialog CDs on my own. As for now, nothing new has been decided, but I’m willing to do something. I think I will visit China."
The song, sung in Mandarin, was recorded over two days with the help of an interpreter.
Branching out of AV
Aoi has tried to launched a music career once before, releasing one J-Pop CD in 2006 titled "Hadaka no Kiss."
A message for her fans
"I never imagined that I would sing a song professionally," says Aoi.
"But I took it as a wonderful opportunity to send out a message through the song. I’m so happy to hear that many people in China know about me. Hopefully I can hold some kind of events to interact with Chinese fans," she added.
"Mai yu" is a ballad, but Aoi added "ballads are nice, but I want to sing rock too," suggesting more releases will be coming.
Her popularity in China began in April 2010 and her support for local victims of the Qinghai earthquake, by encouraging donations, moved many fans.
Chinese bureau caught out
Aoi recently began a blog on Chinese site Sina with nearly 1,000,000 followers already, and this week landed Chinese police in hot water when it was revealed that a public security bureau in Dalian has been following her blog -- and her blog only, according to the Global Times.
Once discovered, the bureau quickly removed the link and began following 119 other bloggers.
An official claimed the bureau's official microblog had been somehow stolen and used by others and that they would try complaining to Sina.com, the blog's host.