Lebanon: American pop song banned by Lebanese radio

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Lebanon:
American pop song banned by Lebanese radio

The American superstar, singer and songwriter Lady Gaga — topping the music charts in 21 countries, presently UK’s most played artist in the radio — has stirred religious controversy for being ‘offensive to Christianity’.

The song ‘Judas’ from Lady Gaga’s top-selling new album ‘Born This Way’ has been criticised by Catholic groups in UK and the US, and it was allegedly banned from Lebanese radio in April.

However, rumours that the album had been banned in Lebanon for being offensive to Christianity are apperantly incorrect. Lebanon’s information ministry insisted that it “is, and always has been, against all forms of censorship.”

“General Security had not released any statement banning the entry or distribution of this album, and [the CD] has received approval for entry and distribution in the Lebanese market,” a statement by the General Security said, assuring that Lady Gaga’s album will be distributed to stores in Lebanon soon.

The online edition of the Los Angeles Times had quoted an unnamed official from the office as saying his colleagues had “collected the CDs on the grounds that the music was offensive to religion. They are still in our offices. We are still deciding what to do with them.”

The album was released in May 2011 and has sold 1.1 million copies in the US. The single ‘Born This Way’ was the fastest-selling single in iTunes history, selling one million copies in five days. Worldwide her music has been sold in 15 million album copies and 51 million singles. The 25-year-old singer’s real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. She was born in New York.



Sources

The Daily Star – 8 June 2011:

‘Gaga gets Lebanon’s go go’

The Guardian – 21 April 2011:

‘Will Lady Gaga take the Easter No 1?’

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