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Millions of Chinese Won't Have to Hear Warren Buffett Sing


Music lovers in China can relax.  The report that Warren Buffett would sing and play guitar for the Chinese New Year turns out not to be accurate.

Last week, the official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported Buffett had recorded a song for the online version of China's extremely popular annual Spring Festival TV show.  Xinhua quoted production exec Wang Pingjiu as saying, "We all know that Buffett is good at investment, but few knew he also did well in singing."

Today, the Wall Street Journal's China Realtime Report says Buffett has indeed recorded a New Year's greeting for China, but it doesn't include a song.

Sun Media Investment Holding co-chairman Wu Zheng, the go-between for Buffett and the show's production team, tells the blog that he did plan to add a recording of Buffett singing a year ago at a charity event, but dropped that idea after Buffett objected.

Still, Wu says, "Mr. Buffett's New Year's greeting is great."

Buffett has been known to occaisionally sing in public, usually accompanying himself on the ukulele.

In early 2010, he also channeled Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses with a "singing" appearancein a promotional video for Berkshire Hathaway insurance subsidiary Geico.

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