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Ed Sheeran among artists considered too “pornographic” for Indonesian radio

By | Published on Thursday 28 February 2019

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Ed Sheeran, The Killers and Bruno Mars are among a number of artists to have songs banned from daytime airplay on Indonesian radio due to the “pornographic” content of their lyrics.

The West Java branch of the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission earlier this week announced a list of seventeen Western and Western-influenced songs deemed too racy to play outside of late night broadcasting. Airing of these songs – including Sheeran’s ‘Shape Of You’, The Killer’s ‘Mr Brightside’ and Makes Me Wonder’ by Maroon 5 – was recommended to only take place between 10pm and 3am.

“In this case, what is banned is not the songs, but the lyrics of the songs that contain pornography, pornographic association and obscenity”, explains Deputy Chair of the broadcaster’s central office, Rahmat Arifin, according to Tempo.

This follows the proposal of a new law put forward to the Indonesian government last month, which aimed to restrict “pornographic content” and “negative foreign influences” in music. The bill was heavily opposed by Indonesian musicians.

Ed Sheeran, by the way, is set to perform his pornographic music in Jakarta in May.

The full list of songs deemed offensive is as follows:

88Rising – Midsummer Madness
Agnez Mo & Chris Brown – Overdose
Ariana Grande & The Weeknd – Love Me Harder
Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like
Bruno Mars – Versace On The Floor
DJ Khaled – Wild Thoughts
Eamon – Fuck It (I Don’t Want You Back)
Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You
Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello – Bad Things
Marc E Bassy – Plot Twist
Maroon 5 – Makes Me Wonder
Pharrell Williams & Camila Cabello – Sangria Wine
Rita Ora – Your Song
The Killers – Mr Brightside
Yellow Claw – Till it Hurts
Zayn – Dusk Till Dawn
Zayn – Let Me

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