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Thursday, August 25, 2011

China blacklists western singers including Beyonce and Lady Gaga

Hits by Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Take That are among 100 songs that have been placed on an internet blacklist by China's culture ministry.

Music websites have been given until 15 September to remove the offending tracks, which officials say harm "national cultural security".

Those that fail to do so risk being prosecuted by the Chinese authorities.

The internet in China is tightly controlled, with content deemed inappropriate often blocked or removed.

A notice posted on the culture ministry's website said the 100 songs had not been submitted for official approval.

It is not clear whether the directive is aimed solely at illicit music download sites or those operating legally. more