As part of its two-year-long effort scouring China’s music sites for “poor taste and vulgar content,” the Chinese Ministry of Culture has sent out its latest pop music blacklist . In pictures above are the artists our dear leaders are now protecting us against.
Notable is the number of U.S. pop artists on the list. Also notable, but perhaps not as surprising to us as to other foreign publications, is the randomness of what’s been targeted. For instance, how did Katy Perry’s latest hit somehow pop up on the MoC’s radar along with the Backstreet Boy’s “I Want it That Way”? Simple possible explanation: officials finally went to a karaoke parlour to actually sing.
But really, only looking at the U.S. (and occasionally British or Canadian) pop star would make you miss the big picture. As funny as it is to wonder why someone as inoffensive as Natalie Walker could cause MoC to sweat, 25 Mandopop songs later you realize they’re on the list not because they’re “vulgar,” but rather because they’re popular and not Made In China.
Websites have been given until September 15 to remove the offending tracks, so if you haven’t downloaded, say, the latest Owl City album from Baidu’s music service, now’s the time!
Full list is in Chinese here.