Published Aug 25, 2011Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are among the numerous artists China's Ministry of Culture has put on an internet blacklist.
A recent report from the ministry [via CBC] points to 100 songs needing to be removed from Chinese websites because of their apparent inappropriateness. Failure to comply with the demands could lead to prosecution from Chinese authorities.
No shocker here, the list contains several songs from outrageous pop star Lady Gaga, including "The Edge of Glory," "Hair," "Marry the Night," "Americano," "Judas" and "Bloody Mary." Katy Perry is also on the list for party anthem "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," as well is Beyoncé's empowering "Run the World (Girls)."
While a full copy of the list is unavailable, apparently older songs have been targeted too. The Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way" is on the list, as well as a cut by milquetoast pop rockers Simple Plan.
Songs were allegedly not approved due to including themes of sex, drugs and for displaying "poor taste and vulgar content."
"The 100 internet songs which are listed in the attached notice didn't abide by content censorship or record registration according to the Internet Culture Management Temporary Provisions," reads a post on the ministry's website.
Chinese websites are being told to remove the offensive content by September 15.