Several hit songs from Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Backstreet Boys and other pop artist have been ordered to be taken off of music download websites in China.
Yahoo News reports that China’s Ministry of Culture has ordered music download sites to delete songs of the following artist. The ministry posted a list of 100 songs including “Judas” by Lady Gaga, as well as Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night” and even the 12-year-old ballad “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys was also targeted. Other songs from Hong Kong and Taiwanese pop songs and a several Western hits were listed also.
The above mentioned songs were never submitted to the ministry for a mandatory government screening, which is required by law in China for all imported entertainment. The rule is meant to preserve China’s “national cultural security” according to a statement released by the ministry.
Sites were told in the August 19 announcement posted to the ministry’s website that they had until September 15 to carry out “self-correction” and delete the songs.