Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Beyonce's Music No Longer Banned In China
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.15.2014
Along with Take That...
NME reports that the music of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Take That, Beyonce and others is no longer banned in China. The Chinese government banned the songs in 2011 after the Chinese Ministry of Culture said they were vulgar and put them on a "poor taste" blacklist. Nearly 100 songs were added to the list.
The decision has been reversed and Gaga's new album Artpop has been approved for release with no changes.
When the ban was made, music sites were given three weeks to remove the songs which were said to harm "national cultural security". Gaga had six songs banned, including "Marry The Night" and "Edge Of Glory". The Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way", already on sale for around 10 years at that point, was also banned.
Gaga wrote on Twitter:
I'm so excited!!!! The Chinese Government Approved ARTPOP to be released in China with all 15 songs! Next I hope I can come to perform!