China lifts three-year ban on Lady Gaga, though singer’s album ARTPOP will still be heavily censored
After three years on the blacklist, pop artist Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP will officially go on sale in the country on Tuesday, reports indicate.
Gaga, who was placed on China’s list of banned artists in 2011, when the country’s culture minister claimed the Poker Face singer was “creating confusion in the order of the online music market, and damaging the nation’s cultural security.”
Six songs by Lady Gaga — The Edge of Glory, Hair, Marry the Night, Americano, Judas and Bloody Mary, all from her 2011 album Born This Way — led to the 2011 ban. The singer’s works have been pirated and sold illegally in the country since.
When her latest album, ARTPOP, goes on sale in China, it will have undergone somewhat of a makeover to China’s censors: The large metallic ball on the album’s cover has been enlarged to cover more of Gaga’s naked body, and black tights have been added to her bare legs.
The title of Sexxx Dreams was also changed by Chinese officials to the more G-rated X Dreams.
Gaga herself responded to the lifted ban, writing on Twitter that she was excited to have ARTPOP on sale in China and hoped she could tour the country soon.
However, despite widespread news of the lifted ban (and Gaga’s own confirmation), a representative for Universal Music China told CNN that Gaga’s latest album was “already on sale” in China.
“I don’t think ban is the best way to put it,” the spokesperson said.