China bans Gaga… and the Backstreet Boys?
August 29th, 2011
09:38 AM ET

China bans Gaga… and the Backstreet Boys?

Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Backstreet Boys and plenty of Mandarin and Cantonese pop songs in between... It could easily pass as a radio playlist in China, except this is the latest blacklist issued by the Chinese government.

In a notice posted on its homepage, the ministry of culture has ordered all websites – including personal ones – to remove 100 “unapproved or unregistered” music tracks by September 15, or face punishment.

“Certain websites have been allowing users to play, listen to and download the listed songs,” the ministry declared. “Such actions have disturbed the online music market order and endangered national cultural safety.”

While songs performed by Chinese-language singers from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Southeast Asia dominate the roster, works of Western and Japanese stars make the list an eclectic mix.

Top-selling Gaga leads the pack with more banned tracks than any other listed artist. Six songs from her last album “Born This Way” ran afoul with the authorities: “The Edge of Glory,” “Hair,” “Marry the Night,” “Americano,” “Judas” and “Bloody Mary.” The title track itself was already banned in a previous sweep.

Perry has two songs – “E.T.” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” – condemned, with Beyoncé's “Run the World (Girls)” and Britney Spears' “Burning Up” rounding up the diva section.

Other Western titles include songs by British band Take That and Canadian rockers Simple Plan.

Then there is “I Want It That Way,” a 12-year-old hit by Backstreet Boys.

The latest blacklist marks the third time the ministry has clamped down on foreign songs since it began regulating music on the Internet two years ago. Earlier casualties included songs by Avril Lavigne, Eminem, Kylie Minogue and Christina Aguilera.

The ministry requires all imported digital tracks to be translated into Chinese and filed with the government for approval before online distribution. It said in 2009 that such rules were aimed at addressing the issues of “poor taste and vulgar content.”

While Gaga’s “Judas” deals with religion - a sensitive topic in China – and Perry’s “Last Friday Night” mentions drunken three-way sex, most songs on the latest list are benign Chinese love ballads, and many Western choices are hardly racy.

The seemingly random selection has baffled – or even enraged – singers and fans across China.

“My songs don’t talk about politics or religion – how are they able to endanger national cultural safety?” Hins Cheung – a Hong Kong singer who has three of his songs blacklisted – complained on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

“This ban is really over the top,” echoed Jesslon Liu, a college student and devout Gaga fan. “But the authorities have never liked Gaga’s songs or style for ideological reasons.”

Liu added that Gaga fans in China don’t expect to see their idol hold concerts, which also require the cultural ministry’s blessing, in the mainland anytime soon.

Amid the public backlash, officials have tried to frame their decision in the context of protecting intellectual property rights.

“Our targets this time are online music products that we have not registered or reviewed,” the cultural ministry said in a written statement to CNN. “They don’t necessarily contain illegal content.”

All legality aside, the ministry’s new blacklist has inadvertently put a spotlight on some old pop songs, with many Chinese netizens sarcastically thanking the government for its recommendations.

“The most ridiculous pick has got to be Backstreet Boy’s ‘I Want It That Way’ from 1999,” a user named “KeyboardChan” said on Weibo.

“I have been singing it at karaoke for 12 years – have I been a cultural terrorist for that long? Now I really want to sing this line from the song: Tell me why – ain’t nothing but a mistake.”

CNN’s Haolan Hong contributed to this report.

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  1. Krish

    Well, chinese can do what they want. Just hope they know the costs of government regulating what they can and cannot listen to. In India, we'd never let this happen and same thing in America. But I guess if they're happy with it, why not?

    September 26, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tariq

    "National Cultural Security" = Chauvinistic xenophobia.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. 10202jack

    hey that's stupid
    taiwan government has stopped doing that for like 20 yrs
    taiwan can, why can't china?
    because "Chinese people" don't know how to fight against their government !
    it's their right ! and of course, communist government doesn't fit in the 21st century!

    September 4, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Josie Chang

    China shouldn't do that!! Gaga is so talented. Love her! "U and I" is a great song. Just heard Lisa Lavie's cover. Amazing!:D

    September 3, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Playa

    please stop showcasing lady gaga on your programs. I don't like foxNews and i want to be able to hear about what's going on around the world.

    But, when you're showing a story of people suffering in somalia, it's sickening to see captions plugging some generic, quasi talented pop-star. However much they are paying for the cnn ad space, it's disgusting, and it should stop.

    September 1, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cindy

    Ok, Gaga maybe is too freaky to Chinese culture, but why is Simple Plan banned? Their picks a so random.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. wendy87

    Looks like these guys didn't get the memo! I can't imagine the Chinese government banning this too.

    August 30, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. wellwellwell


    August 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. QZ

    Lady gaga is as annoying as communist party.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. Torrential Rain

    That means, western music sucks! it is full of junk! Its artists are near nervous breakdown with so much hate. Don't blame the chinese, blame your western culture ( if you have one). At least the chinese have the guts to say no to western junks. I hope all of Asia follows.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. MS

    Who says the Chinese have bad taste in Music, good for them!!!! As an American I support the Chinese on this one!!

    August 30, 2011 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. scndnv

    It's their country, their culture.. As far as some of the comments below, thank god every country is not like the US.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. HZ

    I hope US ban lady gaga too, because she's just disgusting

    August 30, 2011 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. JD

    What China is up to:

    August 30, 2011 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joshua Hernandez

    China seems to be on the right track on this one.

    August 30, 2011 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  16. CHINAvsUSA

    They are banning the USA. This has nothing to do with the artist or songs. Duh!!!

    August 30, 2011 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  17. mm

    So it's OK for the Chinese to steal U.S. technology but it's not OK for them to listen to our pop music? Their values are so warped! Why don't they ban U.S. technology? U.S. is bad for China. Ban it all you Chinese idiots!

    August 29, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Disregard propaganda

    The chinese communist party's propaganda ministry hired an army of people to comment on articles and videos saying things in favor of the chinese communist party. They get paid the equivalent of 50 cents per favorable comment. Just ignore them, every time you reply to their ridiculous comments you're donating 50 cents to them.

    Check out the wikipedia article on the "50 cent party" (that's how they are called) here:

    August 29, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • US Propaganda

      5 US Cent – you are a shameless US agent pushing US propaganda
      So anyone that support any action from China must be from 50 cent party?
      I for one is not a member of this god damm 50 cent party
      But in this case I agree with China...than u must label me a china roboton.
      You are a shameless 5 US cent are oppressive, propagandistic and you stink

      August 30, 2011 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
    • tariq

      Except there's no such thing as a 5 cent party whereas the Chinese government openly admits to having "opinion guidance" plants

      Dry your tears, little nationalist

      September 7, 2011 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  19. Chris

    Okay.As a adolescent living in China,I should say this stupid banlist bothering me a lot and I have been hearing backstreet for a guys should know the truth there are just antiques woking in the ministery,they are arrogant and parochial on the modern things.It's plausible considering their views and sights.Nevetheless we generation are neck and neck with you and when we begin to be hosts of china,we know how to deal well.
    China don't have to gain acclaim or consent from other countries,all you can do is just watching and waiting for the rising of orient.

    August 29, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  20. yup

    thank you!!! every country should ban this terrible music.....thank you china!!! please ban bieber next along with all of rap that has came out the past 13 years!!!!

    August 29, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  21. ibrad

    Stop buying goods from China! Let them burn down the country when they come crashing down!

    August 29, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  22. American

    God Bless America,
    Land that I love.

    August 29, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Francis

    I'm an expat living in Shanghai. Interestingly eneough, Lady Gaga is often played over the speakers in the big grocery stores here.

    August 29, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  24. QZ

    My guess is IQ of people like her is below 90.

    August 29, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  25. wardabroadw

    @Jimmitz ...Lady Gaga is talented? huh...

    August 29, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  26. bailoutsos

    Time to bomb China.

    August 29, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Kyle H. Davis

    Well, the media puts too much emphasis on this sort of thing, when it really does not need to. The government "banning" is going to be limited to sites that are otherwise legally distributing songs... which there are very few in China. Most every site that has playlist offerings, in China, are made up of songs linked to external and private sites (like any MP3 search Engine). In other words... the ban has no affect whatsoever.

    Let's put it this way... intellectual property theft is the basis for entertainment in China. Trying to selectively ban any portion of a criminal enterprise that is already state endorsed and state fostered ... is like trying to ban blonde hair dye while the government is paying the people to produce peroxide.

    August 29, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Trent

    I think Canada should ban the Backstreet Boys!

    August 29, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  29. steve

    stupid gov ran radio stations

    August 29, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  30. zumbody

    @jimmitz, HEAR, HEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rebecca Black is a crime against music. And she looks like my evil neighbor (which isn't a good thing.)

    August 29, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  31. betatrash

    China, the only country intelligent enough to understand that pop culture is what is driving the de-evolution of mankind. Congrats.

    August 29, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Megan

      I did not only ban pop songs but some rock songs also. And Beyonce is awesome but they banned her too.

      September 1, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  32. Mark

    Beginning to think China really knows what it's doing.

    August 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  33. ArtInChicago

    Sure they will ban them, but they have no problem bootlegging their music and selling illegal copies.

    August 29, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Chris

    One can only hope the US will follow in their footsteps and band that horrible music as well!

    August 29, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Chopswell

    I was way ahead of china. I personally banned these song as they were coming out!

    August 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Brian

    Lady Gag a Maggot banned? The chinese are getting smarter every day.

    August 29, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Keith

    You know why they can ban our stuff and we can't ban theirs? Beacuse if we do, eveything in our life will be banned.

    August 29, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Windy City

    ...I could care less if the Red Chinese government bans ANYTHING Western...Look at the devastation of their "revolution", 20+ million citizens massacred for communism(really BS, it was a power grab by politicos and friends and family, simple corruption, to make them wealthy and powerful as they are today.)

    But tide is turning and Western music will grumble the Bamboo Curtain just like it melted the Iron Curtain of the Soviet Union!!!


    August 29, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Steve-O

    I think the Gaga and BB should be banned everywhere.

    August 29, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  40. CSA

    When China takes us over, hopefully they can ban Gaga and the Backstreet Boys here too.

    August 29, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  41. carnivalbarker

    if they ban our junk we should ban their junk they dump in our economy

    August 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Alex Christiansen

    See, not everything is better in a democracy!

    August 29, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  43. John

    China should learn to pick their fights. The Backstreet boys? Come on.

    August 29, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  44. DrMabuse

    Can they be banned here, too?

    August 29, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Jay

    Do you know how I know Chinese people are weak...? Because they let their government rule their lives to the point of ridiculousness. (see article above for proof)

    August 29, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  46. @ portalpunk and tracie

    I challenge both of you to post as many times as you can before the day ends. I may or may not check to see if you've done that... winner gets... choice of the following: lifetime supply of doo-doo, lifetime supply of water because you tend to be "firsty", or a life.

    August 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evil Genius

      Hear, hear. I'll add in a crash course in spelling and grammer, too!

      August 29, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Gene

    Lady Gaga should be banned in ALL countries!

    August 29, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  48. humtake

    This is the first time I've ever been jealous of the Chinese people.

    August 29, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  49. aNN

    Unfortunately it's not banned here 🙁

    August 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  50. jona

    Ok.. Ok. .so China DOES get some things right.

    August 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Nobody.Bothers.Me.Either

    That's why I only listen to Gansta Rap!! Snoop Dogg is still in the hizzy fo' shizzy!

    August 29, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  52. MS

    I'm no fan of Gaga, but this is just stupid. The Chinese need a revolution a la Libya or Egypt

    August 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  53. tracie

    Pliny, Pliny, don't be so whiny! Gonna hafta come down there and kick your hiney!maybe I'll find some poop that's shiny!

    August 29, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Wallster

    Oh yeah, wouldn't want to morally corrupt the working children of communist China... I'm sure most American businessmen (who exploit these children) are just fine with this cultural ban. Mustn't allow these "workers" to be exposed to the rest of the civilized world, they may not work as hard for their record profits. God Bless American Capitalism!

    August 29, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  55. rob

    As silly as this sounds, as I like neither of these pop artists, Lady Gaga is an 'export' and touring entertainment is a form of trade. Entertainment is one of US export products that China refuses to acknowledge. And therefore China further undermines trade.

    August 29, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  56. mytch


    August 29, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Babak from LA

    Their country, their rules .....

    August 29, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  58. John B

    Add Eminem to that list.

    August 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  59. JR

    What do we have to do to get them banned here?

    August 29, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Raven

    Marlboro man, that is quite hysterical. it is no shocker that the world is a GIANT HYPOCRIT!!! Cyberspace is one great example of that, whether we love it, hate it, or obsess it. and to PaulMc, i agree with you wholeheartedly, it is old news that should have NEVER been news in the first place.

    August 29, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  61. gottabekidding

    I could see kooky Gaga, but the BACKSTREET BOYS?????? I Love them! And I'm 45 years old 🙂 What did they ever do to be banned. I've heard them live. They are awesome – completely talented and not vulgar and bizarre like Gaga!

    August 29, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Marlboro Man

    My Lady GaGa talking bobblehead doll is stamped Made In China. Go figure.

    August 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  63. PaulMc

    China's censorship tactics, while sometimes baffling, are old news.

    August 29, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  64. William

    Why can't we be lucky enough to have GAG-A banned from the airwaves over here!!

    August 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Raven

    well well cyberruffians, i see that you are further dividing yourselves like cavemen and dinosaurs. it is none of our business what the Chinese government says their culture bans or dosent ban, i honestly dont see why they would advertise it here in america, simply because it bashes those few artists that have been affected. HINT HOLLYWOOD, its BAD publicity! now if you dont mind, go waste your time remaking some film that you dig out of a time capsule. GOODBYE, SO LONG, ARVIDERSEN, ADIEU, FAREWELL and most of all DONT HATE, APPRECIATE! THANKS CYBERSPACE!

    August 29, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  66. BanChina

    When is the US going to start banning China's crap that fills nearly all of our department stores and then some? I'd say that it's like economic terrorism ... too bad though that are filthy rich job creators have no problem with so many goods being manufactured from there.

    August 29, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • teddy

      that's like asking when is America going to become self-efficient again,realize that the govt. overpays their state and federal workers, spend too much on war and too little to help our own? Don't forget, China owns like 70% of the us for they have lent us so much money to keep our "smoke and mirrors" non-resession economy going!

      August 29, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  67. User42

    Say what you want about China but they are 100% right on this issue.

    August 29, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  68. tracie

    How many Chinese people are there? A billion at least.... sigh.... think of all that doo-doo!

    August 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      And how many times can you post the exact same boring trash?

      A billion?

      And you'll never ever ever realize how pointless you are.

      August 29, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Mike

    Good Job Chineee...... Justin Bieber Next PLEASEE!

    August 29, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  70. portalpunk

    are you tired of me yet? I can do this all day!

    August 29, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      When you were an infant, in your crib, you'd cry and cry and cry.
      And mommy never came to pick you up.
      So now, you post idiocy, in your desperate search for attention.

      You probably have an oversized crib in your liviing room, and inside it you sit at your computer, deluding yourself that what you are posting is 'funny' or 'unique' and that it will somehow get people to pay attention to you.

      Well guess what. Mommy still ain't coming to pick you up.

      August 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evil Genius

      Clearly when you were born and left the hospital you forgot to bring your brain home with you. Get a life, you're pathetic and ignorant and stupid. And you can't spell. I've seen posts by you, and judging by those you flunked out of 3rd grade.

      August 29, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  71. TheBossSaid

    The Chinese are just more efficient at keeping their environment cleaner.

    August 29, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  72. portalpunk


    August 29, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  73. portalpunk


    August 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Bob Dole

    Bob Dole doesn't care about China, Bob Dole.

    August 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Edsr

    I can understand banning GaGa...............along with Kim K. and Snooki.....I would ban all three from my bathroom.

    August 29, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • teddy

      I wouldn't ban them from a bathroom, for the toliet is where they belong!

      August 29, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Dave

    Hey look at some fo the comments – the Chines are really conservative republicans!!

    August 29, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  77. dee

    they banded baby kaka and the truck stop boys damn

    August 29, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  78. 69ster

    The Gaga revolution in China shall begin!

    August 29, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  79. Teddy

    I used to be an advocate for the 1st amendment, but with the likes of Lady Gaga, Katey Perry, Rap artists and the such, I say China is doing a good thing and maybe America should adopt such practices. There is a time and place for everythig, but the USA media (such as CNN >+) ) loves to show things like Lady GAGA in drag on morning and day time TV–which does nothing but expose children to such erie acts.

    China is trying to keep their country moral and not expose poeple to mainstream garbage....BRAVO!

    August 29, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  80. Ken

    China has banned these soundtracks because they cannot pirate them so there is no money in it for them.

    August 29, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  81. Travis

    Wow, they are much more relaxed than the USA. Here, if someone finds out you're listening to or downloading music online, you're liable to get a cease and desist and a fine. Doesn't matter what Western song it is, post it on Youtube or make it available to download and face the wrath of the "Free Market".

    Now, if it's a song or video from Hong Kong or Taiwan, no big deal, those litter Youtube.

    August 29, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  82. Bambam

    Wish the U.S. would do the same thing to Lady GagGag!

    August 29, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  83. Xenia

    China – the last normal, sensible nation will beat the perv West.

    August 29, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  84. keith

    Atleast they know what ISN'T quality music, and the fact that its the backDOOR if Justin Bieber would be banned, if he isn't already

    August 29, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  85. Coriolana

    Ok, they can ban whatever they want. But if they ban that music, they should stop pirating it, too.

    August 29, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  86. jennyy

    they have good taste

    August 29, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  87. Roland

    Everyday I think the religious right and china are one in the same. CHINA is the religious rights Utopia country. Down to the 91.5% of the country is of one ethnic background. I mean its like heaven on earth for them.

    August 29, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  88. Newyorker

    As Chinese citizens become wealthier, they will naturally demand more freedom, and more democracy. This is why the Chinese government is terrified of the slippery slope it is on. I'm afraid it will all end very badly for the Chinese government. They cannot continue to oppress their people forever.

    August 29, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Roland

      It won't happen so long as the ponzi scheme is going up. Should the system break down and you don't see as much growth which is already starting. That's when you're going to see people demand change. Most revolutions don't start when your making money they start when your start declining.

      August 29, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Alan

      Wrong. China's history goes back thousands of years with a central authority in control, whether it be an Emperor or a Communist Government means little. The people look upon their government as a guiding force and there is little outright discussion of politics as we might voice here in the states. I find it somewhat frustrating when I am in China that to a person they do not want to get in to political discussion or theory. For this ancient culture life goes on and having food on the table and good health is the overwhelming desire. I have the sense here that most people posting think that China and its people think the same way as Americans, and that their economic status might provoke revolution. That is far from true. My Chinese wife laughs at this conceit.

      August 29, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  89. Roland

    Everyday I think the religious right and china are one in the same. CHINA is the religious rights Utopia country.

    August 29, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  90. tyler

    i think we should ban GaGa in this country.....

    August 29, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Newyorker

      What if they were to ban your favorite artists? Would you cheer for the crackdown then? Idiot.

      August 29, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  91. ieat

    I know some of you fans don't like to hear it, but Katie Perry and Gaga's music are a little out there for the young mind. They're fine for adults, but seriously for young kids, they're pretty bad influence.

    August 29, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  92. edvhou812

    Now this is a ban that I can agree with!

    August 29, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  93. EmptySkull

    I don't think the Americans need to worry about any of the Chinese citizens not being able to find any of the blacklisted songs to listen to.

    August 29, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  94. gagaman

    the picture is really scary. that's the ugliest thing i've seen in a long time. at least it has its voice going for it. that's about it. they should have pulled a milli vanilli on this one. have it sing in the background while a singer who doesn't scare small children is the face person... i here Pat from saturday night live might be availalbe.

    August 29, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  95. Heidi

    That's no lady, baby, that's a man!..

    August 29, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • teddy

      Ralph Macchio made a come back–as Lady Gaga~ Katey Perry made a statement that her music is chessey with her hat all on the VMAs. Britney Spears gets the VMA Vanguard award? Please! Her videos are junk! Guess they forgot about Rob Zombie and person that writes and performs his own songs and produces his own videos. Instead, tehy give it to a mickey mouse club psycho that rides with her kids in a car without safety restraints, and seems to either starve herself or pukes her meals 2 weeks before she needs to go on TV to get slim! These female "pop stars" of today are pathetic!

      August 29, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • .....Rob Zombie????

      For real??? There are so many talented singer/songwriters and you pick strictly radio rock fake? Gosh, I would SOOOOOOOO much rather have Brittany Spears latest album on repeat than listen to even one song by that guy..... jeez if you are going to try and say someone's better at least pick someone with some sort of talent.

      August 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  96. gagaman

    Gaga is a Dude!!! i don't care how much they talk about it but this picture makes is clear. that's a man's face.. eeewwwww... eeewwwwwww... eeewwwwww its not even pretty.... eeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

    August 29, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  97. Nolan

    Any self respecting country would ban Gaga. But any real country would never ban The Backstreet boys. So than...What is China?

    August 29, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  98. c

    This is one oppressive measure in China I can agree with, banning bad pop music!! ha!

    August 29, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  99. lolsigh

    Finally someone banned those no talented cartoon characters!

    August 29, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  100. max

    only reason the public is not revolting in china is economic prosperity.. if there was high unemployment, then the gov will be overthrown..

    August 29, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      Oh, the Chinese public is definitely revolting. Have you seen some of the Chinese chicks? Ugh! Buncha butterfaces.

      August 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Craigster

    Why do we deal with this country. We should have turned them to glass years ago.

    August 29, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  102. JB

    I love all the sarcastic comments that people keep taking way too seriously.

    August 29, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  103. angrysmell

    FACT: if you tell people they can't do something, they will want to do it more (if they're chinese, they'll do it twice).

    August 29, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  104. Woody

    Than I will ban any made in China made products from my American list !

    August 29, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  105. Peace

    The day I let anybody tell me what I can or can't listen to will be a cold day in, well, you know. LMAO @ joe!

    August 29, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  106. DIANA

    What's the difference between that country and ours? Our country almost went the way of China under the Bush Administration. Reporters weren't allowed to photgraph our soldiers when they came back in coffins. Remember the Dixie Chicks? After one of them expressed her opinion, they were run out of the music scene. How many states have banned certain books because they didn't agree with them?

    I hope we've learned our lesson

    August 29, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Allen Maui

      The government didn't run off the Dixie Chicks. Their political views offended their core listening group That is Country and Western music listeners wouldn't buy their albums or go to their concerts.

      August 29, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Megan

      If Chinese citizens spoke out like Dixie Chicks against their government, they would be in jail or house arrest. Don't you remember Tianamen square protest in 1989? Protesters got shot from the army tanks.

      September 1, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
    • JZL

      omg really... you really believe the western media saying there was a massacre and hundreds of thousands of people died? Guess what... members of my family lived through it... there was no massacre... most people who actually died are soldiers who tried to keep peace.... do your research... ambassadors from other countries who were in beijing at the time said there was no massacre... stop believing everything you hear on television and news... its all biased bullcrap

      September 4, 2011 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  107. grovestreet

    See China... this is why the world dislikes you. Your government lacks any legitimacy when it does frivolous crap like this.

    August 29, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Alan

      " Your government lacks any legitimacy when it does frivolous crap like this."

      Have you noticed that films and music lyrics are rated right here in the USA? Is that any different? It isn't frivolous, it's the central authority doing their job, whether we in the land of "freedom of speech" like it or not. Take my word for's a lot less intrusive going through an airport in China than it is here in the states. They do NOT invade your personal space. Or steal your stuff out of your suitcase.

      And again, these decrees are largely ignored by the populace.

      August 29, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  108. erich2112x

    Now we know what they mean by Cantopop.

    August 29, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  109. Alan

    Been to China many times, my wife being native. This will not stop music distribution. It's an official announcement that will be, like most pronouncements from Beijing, ignored. Most Americans think of China as a couple of billion suppressed people. Try to remember this: China is not America. Yes we are fortunate in so many ways, but so are people in China. They just live a different type of life where the central power attempts to control as much as possible. But this has changed dramatically in the last 20 years or so. The main point being that the internet has opened the great Chinese people to the outside world, for better and for worse. I have seen drastic changes in the youth of China. They are no longer the respectful young people they once were. They try to be "American" as in "cool." At least it's that way in the large cities like Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shenyang and so on. Not street punks as much as smart a$$, where they no longer respect their parents as they once did. So in not too many years their access to American and Western culture will surely change China and not particularly for the better.

    August 29, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • teddy

      America is polluting other countries with their ego-driven, selfish, rude, crude ways and additudes. One thing that China needs to do is put a reign on their pollution. The good that China has going for them is their beautiful culture, art, food and their population is 1/3 Christian. That's why they are now starting to surpass the USA. You can't accomplish NOTHING without faith in God.

      August 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott H

      Alan, there's a flip side to that. I realize being the rebellions "be like an American" thing with their youth has its downside, but that may also carry into them being gutsy enough to throw off the yoke of centralized govt. oppression at some point. We can only hope.

      August 29, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colin in Florida

      Teddy, you said "The good that China has going for them is their beautiful culture, art, food and their population is 1/3 Christian. That's why they are now starting to surpass the USA. You can't accomplish NOTHING without faith in God."

      That is the single most ignorant comment I have ever seen. Carl Sagan was an atheist, and his CV of accomplishments runs more than 700 pages. This single fact disproves your statement.

      August 29, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Yeah, like our government DOESN'T try to control your food, energy, gas, travel, meds, health care, insurance, taxes, housing, oh wait yeah, they DO... like Stalin.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  110. me

    yeah yeah, we know american girls are trashy and free xD

    August 29, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  111. Jimmitz

    How is it that Rebecca Black who has offended intelligences and ear drums worldwide with her nasally sung "Friday" wasn't banned, but genuinely talented singers like Gaga get banned?

    August 29, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  112. Confused?

    Since when was "I Want It That Way" written in poor taste? There's nothing offensive about the song, other than the fact that it came from the Backstreet Boys.

    August 29, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Torrential Rain

      I think it is the word "I". There is no "I" in China only "We" (at least hypocritically).

      August 30, 2011 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  113. K. Stone

    Now I feel proud that my book is on the banned list in China. At least I have asked the Chinese to look in mirror and admit that the Cultural Revolution was a home made Holocaust. As long as China denies officialy the existence of such a catastrophe, it could happen again.

    August 29, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  114. Me

    Backstreet Boys do not fit into the same catagory as Lady Gaga or Katie Perry. And, really these songs have been around since the 90s, at least most of them, so really how slow is China? They are just hearing them now?

    August 29, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Torrential Rain

      in fact the chinese are fast thinkers to block the slow thinking songs of the west.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  115. joe

    When are the Chinese men going to grow a set and hang their politicians from the highest places they can find?

    August 29, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  116. Chang

    Thats weird,...isn't she from China?

    August 29, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  117. Confused

    OK China woke about the rest of the world???

    August 29, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  118. omegarising

    Pay attention people. Coming soon to the USS of A.

    August 29, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  119. My Thought

    Wow, I guess China isn't so bad. They actually have the balls to keep trash out of their country.

    August 29, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • omegarising

      Yeah, isn't oppression great!

      August 29, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Jimmitz

      In Soviet China, you don't have opinion. Opinion have you.

      August 29, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • All3AllIn

      You're an idiot. Do you want to be told what you can post, what you can listen to, and what you can watch? If so, go to China. We don't need people like you where Freedom reigns.

      August 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colin in Florida

      I wonder if 'Banned in China' will be as effective a marketing tool as the old 'Banned in Boston' was?

      For those too young to know this, the city of Boston used to (and I'm talking until 1965) ban books, movies, music, and plays it considered objectionable. Libraries could not carry them, nor could they be sold or played in the city. Publishers picked up on this and advertised books and movies (in particular) as 'Banned in Boston', ensuing everyone wanted to read/see them.

      Thus, banning these songs just makes people want to hear them all the more!

      August 29, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Megan

      They ban AC/DC too so is AC/DC trash?

      September 1, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  120. cj

    More proof China has better politics than the US.

    August 29, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |

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