China: Hong Kong pop star CoCo Lee’s new album banned
When the singer known as “Asia’s Mariah Carey” launched her new album, it instantly attracted controversy with its sexy image and lyrics
CoCo Lee’s second English album, ‘Exposed’, was officially released in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China on the 25th of March 2005, after having been in the works for two years.
The album reached No. 1 on the HMV Sales Chart in Hong Kong and sold beyond expectations, but soon after its release, record label Sony received an alarming notice from China announcing that the album is banned because of sexual lyrical content in the three tracks ‘So Good’, ‘Touch’, and ‘No Doubt’.
Sony’s response was to release an altered version for the Mainland market with these three tracks lifted from the album.
Even though the album is officially banned, the lyrics and songs are still being broadcasted and sung in China. “The department that governs film in China is different from the department that governs music. Their policies are different. That’s why the film department can broadcast and sing it, but the album cannot be sold,” Coco explains to Oriental Daily News.
Apparently, CoCo Lee had to go English before she got banned. Her Mando-pop career so far has been pretty uncontroversial.
Coco defends her work saying that the lyrical content is common.
“‘No Doubt’ is about a girl who loves dancing. She uses dance to seduce a guy. ‘Touch’ is about remembering an old lover.”
These are excerpts of the banned lyrics:
“Big Daddy close the door.
“I wanna pass out – with you in it
“Think I’m gonna ride you all night long
“Can’t wait ’till we’re skin on skin.
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