Lady Gaga has recently had her new album ARTPOP okayed for sale in mainland following a three year ban for vulgarity, although netizens are not particularly pleased with China’s ‘toned down’ version of the album cover.
I'm so excited!!!! The Chinese Government Approved ARTPOP to be released in China with all 15 songs! Next I hope I can come to perform!
— Goddess of Love (@ladygaga) January 14, 2014
According to the Hollywood Reporter:
It’s hard to imagine Lady Gaga on stage in Beijing but stranger things have happened. When she was banned in 2011, another singer was also ruled out of contention, Katy Perry, and she made her Beijing debut earlier this month at the Beijing National Indoor Stadium.
When the authorities banned her for vulgarity in 2011, the list of songs included “Hair,” “Marry The Night,” “Americano,” “Judas” and “Bloody Mary.” The Back Street Boys were also among 100 songs banned, some 10 years after they released “I Like It That Way.”
Although censors didn’t change any song lyrics there were some minor alterations to the content, such as the title of one song, Sexxs Dreams, which was changed to X Dreams, according to SCMP. Likewise, the cover of the album was switched out for something a little more demure because LADY GAGA YOUR HAIR IS NOT A BRA!!! And all that leg skin!
Naturally, netizens on Weibo aren’t all pleased with the transformation (the same version was released in the Middle East). “Sales will definitely be hit because of the cover,” wrote another. “Why not Photoshop clothes or Photoshop the ball right up to her neck?!”
Others are skeptical that Gaga will ever have the chance to perform in the mainland. “When Lady Gaga agrees to wear cotton leggings, China will welcome you,” one wrote.