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McCartney vs. Jackson

McCartney and Jackson

McCartney and Jackson

The relationship between Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson has become even more strained. In an Interview with the BBC McCartney is said to have impersonated Jackson talking in a high pitched voice mocking the singer. The BBC have refused to release the footage of the interview, perhaps to stay on the good side of Mr.Jackson. The wedge between the Beatle and Pop King seems to stem from Jackson purchasing the rights to the Beatles Royalties outbidding both McCartney and Yoko Uno. The two had previously worked together on songs such as; “Say Say Say” and “The Girl Is Mine” but relations between the two seem highly strained at this point.

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March 6, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

“So Untitled It Is”

Nas and wife Kelis promoting the new album

Nas and wife Kelis promoting the new album

Nas after months of controversy has managed to back down and still maintain respect it seems. Nas was due to release the album entited “Ni*g*r” but decided to name the album “Untitled” after coming under immense pressure from all angles. There has been a movement in Hip-Hop to eradicate the “N-Word” after Michael Richards lost it on stage. Nas’ motives were to supposedly take away from the power of the word “Ni*g*r” but to many he seemed to be going against the grain announcing that he would name an album “Ni*g*r” at a time when many had become sick of seeing and hearing the word. Nas by stepping back and naming the album “Untitled” has maintained his respectability and played the field well. He addressed the issue in the song “Hero” saying:

Still in musical prison, in jail for the flow
Try telling Bob Dylan, Bruce, or Billy Joel
They can’t sing what’s in their soul
So untitled it is
I never change nothin’
But people remember this
If Nas can’t say it, think about these talented kids
With new ideas being told what they can and can’t spit
I can’t sit and watch it

It will forever be debatable whether Nas did the right thing by doing a U-Turn and letting others influence his album title.

March 5, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Censoring Beyonce’s Wardrobe

What Malaysia Missed Out On

What Malaysia Missed Out On

What kind of monster would try to censor Beyonce’s wardrobe I must ask. The R&B sensation decided to cancel her tour of Malaysia rather than wear something other than her usual…somewhat skimpy outfits. She did however tour neighbouring countries such as Indonesia where the rules aren’t so strict. Essentially somewhere along the line (perhaps her waist line) Beyonce found herself coming into direct contention with traditional Islamic values,but dismissed the issue saying her reason for cancelling was: “a scheduling conflict.” I’m sure lying is also against Islamic values so maybe Beyonce was right to cancel.

March 4, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Half Censored Kanye

Kanye Earning His Money

Kanye Earning His Money

After a recent three hour interview with VH1 Kanye West it has been deemed only 90 mins of the footage will be shown. Kanye played judge, jury, defence and evidently prosection. “Yeezy” aired his frustrations with the band Radiohead, defended Chris Brown and explained the lives of Michael Jackson and the ever popular O.J. Simpson, nice.

March 2, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Gayless Oscars

Viewers who watched this years Oscars in Asian will have found a slight difference in what they heard compared to their counterparts in the rest of the world. During the Oscar acceptance of speech Dustin Lance Black for “Best Original Screenplay”  for the film “Milk” he made a number of references to his gay lifestyle and used the word “gay” a number of times…unless you were watching in Asia. When the Oscars were broadcast the original speech was edited to excluded the word “gay”.

March 2, 2009 Posted by | censorship | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

If You Seek Britney

Cleverly Outrageous

Cleverly Outrageous

Britney Spears’ new single “If you seek Amy” has been censored for radio. The song seems to contain a subliminal like message within the line “If you seek Amy”.

If -F
You – U
Seek -C K
Amy – Me.

Undoubtedly the average five year old listening will just be wondering who is “Amy” and where they can find her,  but  the single has sparked much outrage (mainly amongst parents) with the song being described as; clever, outrageous and something along the lines of the end of the world. Many including Chris Crocker have rushed to Britney’s defence (surprise surprise) but Radiostations will only play the somewhat pitiful clean version, the explicit version is available on the album “Circus” as well as youtube of course.

March 2, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Would you ban this photo?

Promo Photo For Band Oceano

Promo Photo For Band Oceano

Deathcore band Oceano found their new myspace album promotion picture (above) deleted from the site for being “too violent”. The censorship was in keeping with the myspace policy of banning any photos that are deemed offensive to the public,but the question remains.Would members of the 21st Century public would be offended by such a picture?

February 23, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Taliban EXTREME Censorship

Pashto Singer Sardar Yousafzai (Centre)

Pashto Singer Sardar Yousafzai (Centre)

Popular Pashto singer Sardar Yousafzai and his orchestra came under attack by the Taliban while travelling through North West Pakistan. Musicians were shot and killed in the Taliban’s attemps to censor and control musical expression in the region. The son of murdered Pipe Organ player Anwar Gul is also a musician and said: “My family is facing hard times these days. I don’t know how to survive in this suffocating environment. We are helpless.”

February 21, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Prince Censored and Uncensored

Prince At The Superbowl

Prince At The Superbowl

Music icon Prince was given the go ahead to perform tracks from his 1980’s album “Purple Rain” at Superbowl XLI. The album had been attacked by censorship critics in the 80’s and many of Prince’s videos are still banned. Censors and critics have attacked the artist calling his material profane yet he was allowed to perform for millions of families. There seems to be little or no consistency by the censors regarding the artist formerly known as Prince.

February 18, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , | Leave a comment