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August 27, 2011  | by: Svenja van den Woldenberg

Lady Gaga

Everyone knows Lady Gaga is, well, a little gaga, but that’s why we love her. China’s Ministry of Culture however, does not agree and has banned several of the singers hits.

The list also includes stars like Katy Perry, Beyoncé and the Backstreet Boys. Gaga leads the list of 100 banned songs that the Chinese Ministry is forcing music websites to take down because their lyrics might negatively influence their youths. The songs that have been declared too vulgar and racy include “The Edge of Glory,” “Marry the Night,” “Hair,”" Bloody Mary,” “Americano” and, no surprise here, “Judas.”

The process of how song lyrics qualify for the black list is unclear, especially with seemingly harmless songs on the list like the Backstreet Boy’s “I Want It That Way,” recorded 12 years ago. Beyoncé made the list with “Run the World (Girls),” the censored version without the f-bomb, and Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night” also made the list, one of the slightly more understandable choices.

Still, the list is mostly comprised of songs from artists in Canada, Taiwan and Hong Kong and in itself is not a new concept. The list was started by the Chinese in 2009 as part of an ongoing battle to stop illegal downloading. The government took the concept one step farther and decided to stop songs with “poor taste and vulgar content” from entering the country.

Songs on the list must be removed from legal streaming and downloading service sights by September 15.

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