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

(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.")

In this June 25, 2011 photo, Lady Gaga holds a news conference in Chiba, near Tokyo.
In this June 25, 2011 photo, Lady Gaga holds a news conference in Chiba, near Tokyo.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
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