Eminem to start censorship-free radio station
Satellite radio is a private industry which is not monitored by the FCC and many artists who have faced censorship troubles in the past are beginning to look at satellite for their much desired freedom of expression. Think of it like HBO for music – just like Tony Soprano or Samantha Jones, the hip-hoppers can cuss all they want. Eminem has personally come under fire many times for his lyrical content, with the FCC even penalizing radio stations with monetary fines for daring to play his music. The yet-to-be-named channel will feature Eminem, DJ Green Lantern and other Shady artists hosting shows uncut and uncensored.
“Once upon a time not too long ago, the Feds wanted all my music off the air,” Eminem said in a statement. “Now we’ll be on Sirius 24 hours a day, playing the best hip-hop … not just from Shady Records, but from everywhere.”
Eminem has also taken this censor-free concept to television with the Shady Records partnership with Universal Music Group and the owners of the adult erotica monolith Vivid Entertainment. 1 AM is a subscription-based channel that offers uncut and uncensored hip-hop content. The Sirius radio show will be included with every Sirius subscription at no extra charge.
Music fans in China have reported that several major Chinese music and video streaming platforms, as well as the Chinese iTunes store, have removed, blocked or filtered out the music and online content of pop star Denise Ho, who has been active in the Hong Kong independence and pro-democracy movement since 2014, as well as having been critical of China’s communist party, reported China Digital Times on 16 September 2016. When users search for Ho in popular platforms, such as NetEase Cloud Music, Xiami, Bilibili, Kugou and Tencent QQ Music, no results are found, reported the Chinese news source and Quartz on 22 September 2016. Trouble began for the singer in 2014 when she joined the pro-democracy Occupy Central campaign in Hong Kong (also known as the Umbrella Movement) and became the first celebrity to be arrested for her activism in the movement. Political backlash after September elections According to a veteran political commentator interviewed by Radio Free Asia on 23 September 2016, more political backlash may hit Hong Kong after six candidates from the localist movement, which is centred on the preservation of the city’s autonomy and culture, won seats in its recent Legislative Council (LegCo) election held on 4 September 2016, resulting in gaining nearly 20% of the vote share. Beijing can always play the economic card when it comes to the creative industries in Hong Kong and Taiwan. For example, if they show support for the localist movement in Hong Kong or take part in their events. Pop singers …