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Eminem Relapse Banned

eminem-relapse-album-cover-Eminem’s TV commercial for his new album relapse has been banned from TV. The rapper is no stranger to such controversy and his naked body in a bath tub full of blood proved to be a bit too much for censors. The 20 second long commercial is still widely available on YouTube along with the more family friendly Family Guy Relapse commercial. The banning of the commercial will undoubtedly generate interest in the clip and aid the promotion of the Relapse album.

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May 22, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Eurovision Song Banned

Eurovision 2009

Eurovision 2009

Georgia have been forced to withdraw from the Eurovision song contest after having their proposed song banned. The song “we don’t wanna put in” was said to be mocking The Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The event is to be held in Russia in mid May which only added to the controversy. According to Eurovision rules no lyrics, speeches or gestures of a political nature are allowed within the contest and the song was deemed to be breaking this rule. The song which would have been performed by Stephane and 3G was seen to be protesting against Russia’s war on Georgia. The Georgian group had the option of revising the lyrics of the song but instead chose to opt out of the competition. Mr Putin’s spokesman commented saying; “We should only regret that the Georgian contestants instead of concentrating on the art, use such a popular contest for demonstrating the pseudo-political ambitions, or-simply speaking-their hooliganism.”

April 19, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Industry Accepts Chinese Censorship

Google China

Google China

Google have launched a music download service to operate in china, however any music that had been previously banned by the Chinese authorities isn’t available via the download site. “When you’re in the music business in China you know you have to follow the regulations,” said Lachie Rutherford, president of Warner Music Asia. Google have rarely contested China on censorship issues since its introduction to the Chinese market several years ago. Undoubtedly much of the material banned by China won’t be as a result of foul language or absurdity, but simply views which contradict or undermine the Chinese government.

April 19, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Canada Gay Rights Boycott

The debate concerning homophobic lyrics being banned has been sparked once again by Canada. A Canadian coalition is calling for not only a boycott of Reggae music from the Canadian people but also for Canadians to stop visiting the Island of Jamaica. This move is being proposed to impact the Jamaican economy through lack of tourism and in turn force the government to step in and do something about the anti gay lyrics. Jamaican Dancehall artists have found their downloadable material being subjected to censorship. Entire albums which included songs with homophobic lyrics have been deleted from download sites. Sizzla, Buju Banton, Elephant Man and T.O.K are amongst the artists involved in the controversy.

Dancehall Artist Sizzla

Dancehall Artist Sizzla

April 12, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bribed Censorship

Senegalese Rapper Didier Awadi

Senegalese Rapper Didier Awadi

Rappers in Senegal are being offered financial rewards if they agree to sing positive lyrics about political life in the country. In contrast rappers who refuse to comply with this often find backdated tax bills emerging as well as death threats. Such threats are taken seriously with beatings being widespread in the country. In Senegal 70% of the population is under thirty years old so Hip Hop has a big audience amongst the Senegalese people. The Government as well as the musicians recognize this and its seems the battle between freedom of expression and corruption will continue amongst artists such as Didier Awadi and the Government.

April 7, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Eminem Radio

Eminem

Eminem

Eminem’s Satellite radio station has continued to flourish. The station plays uncensored and uncut Hip Hop twenty four hours a day and due to Satellite radio being a private industry material isn’t subjected to the rules of the FCC. Eminem throughout his career came under much scrutiny by censorship boards such as the FCC and after reaching Platinum Status in his career retaliated by creating a platform from which he could exercise freedom of expression. The Channel “Shade 45” has been running for four years and continues to attract a list celebrities and music personnel.

April 3, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Online Great Wall

Internet Police

Internet Police

In January this year China launched a  campaign against internet pornography. Many now fear though that the camppaign is simply a cover for a more sinister purpose. Political and Human Rights websites have dissapeared from China’s webspace despite having no pornographic content what so ever. Amnesty International’s website no longer exists in China. Commenting on the situation the Press Feedom Organization said: “The Olympic Torch is now definately extinguished and the government’s much vaunted liberation is no more. The campaign against political dissidents is now very much in the open.” It seems China’s Online Great Wall is still firmly standing.

March 23, 2009 Posted by | censorship | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“XXX”

Scene From Shakespeare's Hamlet

Scene From Shakespeare's Hamlet

Parliament have been discussing play censorship to the point of banning the XXX symbol from posters and leaflets associated with plays. Parliamentary Under secretary for the Department of Culture Kim Howells argued against the move to censor plays saying: “Should Hamlet be altered because the violence or references to incest might disturb children? Many of the greatest plays produced in this country could face censorship if the amendment was accepted.” The move received strong opposition when proposed and it remains to be seen whether Parliament will move to impose stronger censorship on plays…

March 15, 2009 Posted by | censorship | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

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