China Cracks Down On ‘Indecent’ Song Lyrics: State Media

From AFP: A city in southwest China has ordered a crackdown on indecent and politically rebellious songs in karaoke parlours, demanding that tunes with offensive lyrics be banned, state media said Monday. Computer software...

Award For Chinese Official After Tragedy

From the Financial Times: A Chinese official who drank himself to death has been named an “outstanding communist”, even though the city where he worked is the focus of a campaign against government employee alcohol abuse, state...

China to Clean Up Karaoke Parlors – AP

China turned its attention to Karaoke copyright in 2006. Recently a government campaign continues to crack down the selling of sex and drugs and the use of unlicensed music, from AP: The “Sunshine Project,” which began Monday, comes as the Chinese capital prepares to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors for the Beijing Olympics this […]

Explosion Kills 25 in Karaoke Parlor in Northeast China – AP

Qu Hau, the owner of a karaoke club and a coal mine manager, was killed when the mining explosives he kept below his club exploded. From the New York Times: A blast ripped through a karaoke parlor and bathhouse in northeast China on Wednesday night, killing 25 people and injuring 33 others, state news media […]

China Cracks Down on Karaoke, A Song in Several Verses – WSJ

From the Wall Street Journal: Everyone from Hollywood to Congress has been pressing China to get serious about the illegal use of music, movies and software. Now, it has picked a crackdown target: karaoke. If royalties were collected in China, the music industry could make as much as $375 million a year from karaoke parlors. […]

China’s censors shine spotlight on karaoke – Los Angeles Times

From The Los Angeles Times, via smh.com.au: With their control over newspapers, television, magazines and the internet secure, censors in China are now turning their attention to the nation’s karaoke parlours. The Ministry of Culture has issued new rules to prevent “unhealthy” songs from ringing forth in the sing-along bars, and to safeguard intellectual property […]


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