Young idol hopefuls take part in the SNH48 concert and elections at Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz Arena on July 28. Photo: SNH48 Group

Election for Chinese idol group SNH48, spin-off of Japan’s AKB48, draws record numbers as owners eye expansion across the country

Having controversially split from their Japanese founding partners, the Chinese management of SNH48, BEJ48, GNZ48, SHY48 – and soon CKG48 – seem set on creating a lucrative idol universe of epic proportions

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Young idol hopefuls take part in the SNH48 concert and elections at Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz Arena on July 28. Photo: SNH48 Group
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