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China lifts Lady Gaga music ban

Lady Gaga has said she is "so excited" after being removed from a government blacklist in China.

The controversial singer's music was banned for vulgarity three years ago, but Chinese officials have now lifted the restrictions so her latest album ARTPOP can legally be sold in the country.

Gaga tweeted: "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!"

However, censors have reportedly insisted on changes to the album's art to make sure more of the singer's body is covered up.

The 27-year-old's song Sexxx Dreams has also been renamed X Dreams for the Chinese release.

Gaga was blacklisted in 2011, when the Culture Ministry deemed her work to be "creating confusion in the order of the online music market, and damaging the nation's cultural security".

Songs by stars including Katy Perry and the Backstreet Boys have also previously fallen foul of the strict Chinese censors.

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