USA: Rock superstars censored for their lyrics

10 February 2006

On February 5, 2006, rock music veterans The Rolling Stones were censored during their performance at the Super Bowl – one of the most-watched events on US tv.’ The Rolling Stones were the real talking point of the Super Bowl on the first Sunday in February. Their 12-minute performance in …

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Puerto Rico: Censorship on reggaeton genre

19 January 2006

The Dominican Republic contemplates to place a nation-wide ban on reggaeton, reports in January 2006. Because of controversial lyrics the genre has been banned on radio, and albums were boycotted, in Cuba as well as Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic You don’t know what ‘reggaeton’ is? No need …

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USA: Country song about miscarriage blacklisted

4 January 2006

Country singer George Canyon’s song ‘My Name’ is banned by certain American radio stations because it’s lyrics are about a woman who miscarried Singer George Canyon is a devoted Christian. On the liner notes to his album ‘One Good Friend’ he thanks “the Lord God” and his music videos are …

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USA: Outspoken country singer banned in 1960s

27 November 2005

Grande dame of country music, Loretta Lynn, has had more songs banned than any other artist in the history of country music In the 1960s the little girl from Kentucky made music her way, taking on subjects considered taboo by the male-dominated recording industry. As a result, she has had …

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USA / Cambodia: PraCh

21 November 2005

Born in Cambodia, but raised mostly in Long Beach, California, praCh is known as Cambodia’s first rap star. His first album reached number one in Cambodia, but was temporarily banned during election time. His music tells stories about the horror of living under Pol Pot and the ensuing hardships. On …

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USA: Multi-media show about dangers of censorship

4 November 2005

‘Freedom Sings’ is a critically acclaimed multi-media presentation which tells the story of almost three centuries of banned or censored music in America Well-known songs like ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ ‘Good Rockin’ Tonight’ and ‘Puff, the Magic Dragon’ all have something in common: They each are among hundreds of American popular …

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USA: Rap artist Kanye West censored on tv

27 October 2005

Rap artist Kanye West censored on NBC The American rap artist Kanye West spoke his mind on live television – and got censored. A protest remix which features a clip of the censored comment now receives significant Internet and alternative radio play   By Meredith Holmgren Kanye West is currently one of America’s …

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USA: Anti-Iraq war rock song claimed blacklisted by US government

25 October 2005

Rock musician Mick Star claims that his anti-Iraq war song “Jets” is not getting air time due to pressure on radio stations from the White House. Press Release Newswire writes: “The American music community has turned a deaf ear to the most dramatic anti-Bush pop/rock song ever written and produced …

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USA: Panel debate on censorship of music lyrics

24 October 2005

Censorship of music lyrics in light of USA’s First AmendmentIn October 2005, a panel discussion at Ball State University entitled ‘Exploring Freedom of Expression Through Music’ looked at the issue of American censorship of controversial lyrics in popular music throught the prism of the First Amendment. The First Amendment to the …

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USA: Murder plot to kill rap superstar 50 Cent

12 September 2005

US investigators say they have uncovered a plot to assassinate America’s biggest selling artist, rap superstar 50 Cent, in revenge for a derogatory song. The American rap music scene has been shaken in recent years by a spate of big name killings. Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG are just two …

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