Tipper Gore, the PMRC, and the infamous black-and-white logo: Background material and news articles
The Recording Industry Association of America, which represents the majority of record labels in the country, has posted a black-and-white logo, warning of explicit content, on album covers since 1985. The history behind Parental Advisory and the infamous logo can be found in the book ‘A Brief History of Banned Music in the United States’, by Eric Nuzum (2001)Parental Advisory (Eric Nuzum)
After years of pressure from the Parents’ Music Resource Center (PMRC) and a series of Senate hearings in 1985, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) introduced, in 1990, a uniform labeling system using the logo, “Parental Advisory – Explicit Lyrics.”
Popular music under seige (ACLU)
In 10 years, the parental advisory sticker has become a fixture. Reports estimate that one-third of the country’s top-selling albums carry the tag, and a study claims that 74 percent of parents are “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with the parental advisory label.
Rapper Valtonyc and his lawyer confirmed they have appealed to the Spanish Supreme Court to repeal a 3.5-year prison sentence on charges over to his lyrics.
Artists in Venezuela are among the many groups that are suffering human rights violations as authorities justify restrictions due to political turmoil.
Ukraine has banned Russian singer Julia Samoilova from entering the country for the next three years due to her giving a performance in Crimea in 2015.