Malaysia bans Despacito on state radio, TV due to lyrics

He urged private radio stations to censor the song themselves out of sensitivity to local culture. The original and a remix featuring Justin Bieber together are the most streamed track of all time with more than 4.6 billion plays across streaming platforms. The Spanish-language song _ its title means “slowly” _ was released by Puerto Rican artists Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee in January. With inputs from AP. The previous record was held by Justin Bieber for his 2015 song “Sorry.” When the record was announced earlier this week, Fonsi credited streaming for helping his music reach every corner of the planet. According to the Billboard charts, the song becomes just the 35th single to top the Hot 100 for at least 10 weeks. An Islamic party Amanah has earlier denounced the song and called for it to be kept off Malaysia’s airwaves as many young children were singing the song without understanding the words. The song has reached the top position in weekly charts all over the world including in Malaysia. Communications Minister Salleh Said Keruak said late Wednesday the song was reviewed and banned because of a public complaint that the lyrics are obscene. Salleh didn’t give further details on the complaint and couldn’t be reached Thursday. “We respect the right to be entertained but there should be clearer guidelines so that the entertainment does not spoil people but makes them better,” party official Atriza Umar told The Star newspaper. Top News
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Published:July 20, 2017 2:25 pm

Despacito has reached the top position in weekly charts all over the world including in Malaysia.