Chinese censors agreed to lift the ban on the condition that the album’s provocative cover art is changed something more conservative. But they allowed the musical contents of the album to remain unchanged.
The decision concerns only ‘Artpop’ and does not specifically cover her earlier songs.
The new album cover allowed to be distributed in China is a sharply edited version of the original which showed the singer’s naked body and a large blue ball between her legs. Instead the ball now covers her body and her legs are now covered by black tights.
“I’m so excited!!!! The Chinese Government Approved ARTPOP to be released in China with all 15 songs! Next I hope I can come to perform!” the American singer tweeted.
The permitted version also contains an alteration in the title of a song, ‘Sexxx Dreams’, which is now called ‘X Dreams’.
China’s cultural ministry had banned Lady Gaga’s songs in 2011 after claiming her music as “damaging the nation’s cultural security”. The banned songs included some famous like The Edge of Glory, Hair, Marry the Night and Bloody Mary.