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China bans Lady Gaga, Owl City, Beyoncé and others to preserve cultural security

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This is the third list of songs the Chinese government has banned since it started regulating the internet content two years, but it's the first chance we've had to get a good look at the full list.

The banning goes across the entire internet, from stores to personal websites. It's unclear exactly what the penalty is going to be, but its clear they'll be cracking down on any site that sells or distributes content on this list. It's not just the fact the Chinese Ministry disagrees with the content, it's also because according to ministry guidelines, all music needs to be cleared and translated into Chinese before it can be sold.

While Lady Gaga and Katy Perry aren't particularly surprising (by China's terms), considering they talk about threesomes, there are a few oddballs on the list. Owl City, for instance, doesn't really fit the mold, unless China just hates AutoTune and little boys whining about heart strings. Simple Plan doesn't either, but the most ridiculous is probably the Backstreet Boys' "I Want it That Way."

Now, we're not going to say this song doesn't negatively affect our own cultural sensitivity, but there doesn't really seem to be anything inherently offensive. Our only guess is they might be offended by the line, "Now I can see that we're falling apart/From the way that it used to me," but that's a huge, stretch implying someone might be insinuating a post-Mao China is falling apart. Or not, maybe they just saw the name Backstreet Boys and pictures and bunch of guys in leather with whips standing in alley-ways. Click through for the full list.

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