August 25th, 2011
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Chineese culture threatened by music

Lady gaga banned in chinaChina: Chinese culture seems to be facing a threat by the all time hits of lady gaga, back street boys, beyonce and scores of others. The world known hits are among 100 songs which come up on the Chinese cultural ministry’s hit list.

The ministry said it aimed to regulate the ‘order’ of the Internet music market, adding that such music that ”harm the security of state culture must be cleaned up and regulated under the law’. Music websites have been ordered to remove all offending tracks before September 15, 201 1and any if they fail to do so they wuld be prosecuted by Chineese authorities.

The notice, issued on August 19 and posted on the ministry’s website, included American singer Lady Gaga’s The Edge of Glory, Hair, Marry the Night, Bloody Mary, Americano and Judas. Beyonce’s Run the World (Girls) has also been outlawed as well as Katy Perry’s Last Friday Night.The list also includes the Backstreet Boys track I Want It That Way, which was released more than a decade ago.

It did not explain why the songs were banned but China routinely censors anything it considers politically sensitive or offensive.

The internet in China is tightly controlled, with content deemed inappropriate often blocked or removed. A notice posted on the culture ministry’s website said the 100 songs had not been submitted for official approval. A 2009 directive, which aimed to tackle “poor taste and vulgar content” as well as copyright violations, said all hosted tracks should have official sanction.

 



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