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Dubbed ‘The Chinese Madonna’, her raunchy R&B pop numbers have made her a millionaire and she can not walk the streets in her homeland without being mobbed. Her provocative routines have even attracted unwelcome attention from China’s communist government. Miss Jihu made a surprise visit to her parents’ takeaway restaurant on Wednesday to present them with a gold disc marking 100 million download sales of her first album in China. She said: ‘Washing up was such hard work. I had to work every weekend to get some pocket money.
She has sold 100 million records, making her one of the world’s biggest selling artists. But Ayi Jihu barely turned a head this week when she returned to the Chinese takeaway where she washed dishes until three years ago. The 25-year-old gave up her £4-an-hour at the Ugly Duckling in Cambridge to become one of the best-loved stars in China.