Guess China isn't into "menage a trois'" and "muther fu*kers".....
Two years ago, amid a wider crackdown on illegal downloading, the ministry in China vowed to keep "poor taste and vulgar content" from the ears of the nation's youth. This week it handed music websites its latest blacklist of 100 pernicious songs. Unless the record labels submit the songs for official approval, the sites have until September 15 to remove tracks by Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and several Asian artists.
The new announcement appears to apply to legal streaming and download services as well as illicit ones. It warned that unauthorised tracks – as well as unregistered sites – disturbed the online market for music and harmed national cultural security, adding that sites should carry out "self-inspection and self-correction".
Sites which do not remove the content before September 15 will be prosecuted, unless the songs are submitted for approval. Only their owners can do that.
How the officials picked out the 100 titles on the list remains a mystery.
Although some are recent releases, the Backstreet Boys track is already 12 years old. Katy Perry's Last Friday Night has lyrics about streaking in a park, drinking shots and a menage a trois, and Beyoncé's Run the World (Girls) includes the implied profanity of the line: "We run this mutha."
But other choices – such as the Backstreet Boys' hit or Britney Spears's Burning Up – are hardly racy. Most of the condemned songs are from Lady Gaga with no fewer than six banned tracks: The Edge of Glory, Hair, Marry the Night, Americano, Judas and Bloody Mary.