Lady Gaga, Katy Perry Songs Blacklisted From Chinese Websites
Songs by Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are among the 100 tunes that China's ministry of culture banned from websites due to "poor taste" and "vulgar content." The government body has given music websites until Sept. 15 to remove the songs from their playlists or face prosecution, notes The Guardian. The decree also targets unregistered sites and illegally downloaded tunes.
Six Lady Gaga songs were included in China's third annual list, which was released last week: "The Edge of Glory," "Hair," "Marry the Night," "Americano," "Judas" and "Bloody Mary."
Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)" was nixed, presumably because of its theme of a night of druken partying that includes streaking, tossing back shots, and a menage a trois.
The list is heavily comprised of pop songs from Taiwan and Hong Kong but Beyonce 's "Run the World (Girls)," the Backstreet Boys' late '90s hit "I Want It That Way," Owl City's "Honey and the Bee," and Britney Spears' "Burning Up" did not make it past censors either.
Chinese officials do not release criteria for songs included in its ban. The country did say when issuing its first list in 2009 that it was intended to ward off negative influences on young people, according to the Global Times.
Tracks by Eminem, Christina Aguilera and Kylie Minogue were singled out by China's government in a sweep of illegal music downloads in April.