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China Has Finally Lifted Its Ban On Lady Gaga

It's about time, China.

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After three years, China has lifted its ban on Lady Gaga, and removed her from the government's blacklist.

Toru Hanai / Reuters

Gaga has been on the blacklist since 2011 after China's Culture Ministry deemed her work to be "creating confusion in the order of the online music market, and damaging the nation's cultural security."

This mean's Lady Gaga's album ARTPOP can now be sold in the country. However, China have still placed restrictions on the album's cover art.
Tobias Schwarz / Reuters

This mean's Lady Gaga's album ARTPOP can now be sold in the country. However, China have still placed restrictions on the album's cover art.

As they did in Indonesia, Lady Gaga's Chinese album cover has an enlarged gazing ball to cover more of her body, plus added leggings.

Lady Gaga podrá llevar su "Artpop" a China. Checa las diferencias entre las portadas de este álbum

Mixup@MixupTeam

Lady Gaga podrá llevar su "Artpop" a China. Checa las diferencias entre las portadas de este álbum

06:49 PM - 20 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

They've also changed the name of the song "Sexxx Dreams" to "X Dreams."

Hunter Schwarz / BuzzFeed / iTunes

Gaga is obviously thrilled with the government's change of heart.

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!

Goddess of Love@ladygaga

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!

07:02 PM - 13 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Pirated versions of ARTPOP have been available on the streets, although CNN reports that Gaga's distributor at Universal China has been "coy" about the ban.

They told CNN: "I don't think ban is the way to put it. All Lady Gaga's albums are on sale in China. The newest one is already on sale."
Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

They told CNN: "I don't think ban is the way to put it. All Lady Gaga's albums are on sale in China. The newest one is already on sale."