In the Middle East, their culture requires women to dress modestly. This means bare shoulders, legs, and exposed tummies are a big no-no. This way of life causes major issues when our favorite artists release their albums. A lot of the cover art is far too racy for Muslim-majority countries. So instead of banning the music entirely, the album artwork is censored in a major way. If you want to see what your favorite albums look like when they’ve been revamped for other cultures, make sure to watch our video: 10 Alternate Music Covers for Middle East Censorship.
Mariah Carey and Britney Spears are two artists who love to show their stuff whenever they take a picture. Many of their album covers feature them dressed in skimpy, figure-flattering outfits. As you can imagine, this poses a problem when their music is set to be released in the Middle East. You’ll have to watch our video to see how their albums were censored.
Demi Lovato also found her self-titled album censored to conform to the religious beliefs and traditions in the Middle East. Christina Aguilera, Madonna, and Jennifer Lopez can feel her pain because their artwork was censored as well! Their overly sexualized images were revamped with the use of Photoshop and other editing tools to tone down their appearance.
If you’d like to see even more artists who’ve been censored in the Middle East, including Shakira, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, and Katy Perry, make sure to watch our video. Let us know in the comments which of these censored music covers shocked you the most!