China Un-Bans Lady Gaga
Slightly modified version of 'ARTPOP' can be legally sold
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2014 10:10 AM CST
In this June 25, 2011 photo, Lady Gaga holds a news conference in Chiba, near Tokyo.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

(Newser) – Finally, you can legally purchase a copy of a Lady Gaga album in China—although it might be a little different than a copy you'd get in the States. Chinese officials blacklisted Gaga's work in 2011, because it "damag[ed] the nation's cultural security," but they've now removed Gaga from the blacklist, CNN reports. That means ARTPOP can be legally sold in the country, but Chinese censors covered up the racy cover so that less of Gaga's naked body can be seen, and changed the title of the song "Sexxx Dreams" to "X Dreams." (Also included in the 2011 ban: Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night" and the Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way.")

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Jan 24, 2014 2:34 PM CST
I lived in China for three years and was not aware she was banned. No one buys CDs in China because there are multiple sites where you can download them legally for free along with movies. In my first week there I learned how popular she was. Everyone loves her there and they even have a saying "oh my Lady GaGa".
Jan 22, 2014 12:25 AM CST
I was hoping they had put her in a re-education camp.
Jan 21, 2014 10:37 PM CST
Newser, You mistakenly posted a picture of Adam Lanza in your Lady Ga Ga article.