List of songs censored or banned in Malaysia

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The following is a list of songs censored or banned in Malaysia at one stage or another, considered unsuitable for broadcasting on its radio and television stations since 2010 (though by no means this is a complete list). The censors are mostly done by Malaysian format radio network Astro Radio (which controls popular radio stations such as Hitz.FM and Mix FM) and Astro hitz (formerly known as Hitz.TV). MTV Asia, like almost other foreign channels on Astro, is also delayed by 1 hour in Malaysia for censorship purpose. In addition, singles released to Malaysian radio stations may be different from the version released in the album due to censorship purpose.

Censorship of music also applies to other radio and television stations (such as Red FM and Fly FM), but the censoring method is different from Astro radio and television networks because Astro radio has a stricter form of censorship than other radio station in Malaysia.

Songs being censored[edit]

The following list of songs and music videos censored or banned by Malaysia since 2010. Most songs have the same censoring like in the US.

Year Song title Performer Reason for censoring
1999 Absolutely Everybody Vanessa Amorosi The single and music video are both banned in Malaysia due to strong violence, horror and indigenous/aboriginal content in the music video with Amorosi performing in front of the green screen.
2000 Groovejet (If This Ain't Love) Spiller featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor The single and music video is banned due to strong violence and horror content before the end of the song and clip.
2003 American Life Madonna The original music video is banned due to strong violence and horror and very course language content. The lyrics was "Fuck it" used. The replaced music video was used with Madonna performing in front of the green screen with flags from different countries.
2008 Running Back Jessica Mauboy The official music video was banned due to strong violence and horror.
2008 Burn Jessica Mauboy The official music video was banned due to strong violence and horror.
2009 Been Waiting Jessica Mauboy The official music video was banned due to strong violence and horror.
2009 Because Jessica Mauboy The official music video was banned due to strong violence and horror.
2009 Like It Like That Guy Sebastian The official music video was banned due to strong violence and horror.
2009 Up and Down Jessica Mauboy The official music video was banned due to strong violence and horror.
2009 Black Box Stan Walker The official music video was banned due to strong violence and horror.
2009 Art of Love Guy Sebastian The official music video was banned due to strong violence and horror.
2009 Lovegame Lady Gaga The word "sex" and "ass" is censored. The music video is released with the word and some of the sexual scenes censored on Astro Hitz.
2009 Bad Romance Lady Gaga The word "bitch" is censored. The music video is released with the word censored on Astro Hitz.
2009 Imma Be Rocking That Body The Black Eyed Peas The song uses the US censored version for music video and airplay.
2010 Telephone Lady Gaga The music video is banned in Malaysia due to some explicit content in the music video.
2010 Not Afraid Eminem Profanity in both the song and the music video on Astro.Hitz is censored.
2010 California Gurls Katy Perry The words "sex" and "ass" are censored during the airplay and the music video is banned in Malaysia due to some nudity content. The word "gin" is only censored on Hitz.fm.
2010 Love The Way You Lie Eminem featuring Rihanna The word "fucking" is censored and some of the scenes in the music video are censored.
2010 Alejandro Lady Gaga The word "Jameson" is censored and the music video is banned in Malaysia due to some religious content.
2010 Teenage Dream Katy Perry The song is passed without cuts made but the music video is heavily censored due to the moderate sex scenes in the music video.
2010 Unbroken Stan Walker The official music video was banned due to strong violence and horror.
2010 We'll Be Alright Travie McCoy The word "fuck" is censored in both the song and the music video. Besides, a scene showing the performer giving the finger is censored in the music video. The word "drunk" is only censored on Hitz.fm and Astro Hitz.
2010 Misery Maroon 5 The song is passed without cuts but some of the scenes in the music video are censored (UK version).
2010 We R Who We R Kesha The word "Jesus" is censored during airplay on some radio stations but the music video has its audio intact.
2010 Who's That Girl Guy Sebastian The official music video was banned due to strong violence and horror.
2010 Fuck You Cee Lo Green An alternative clean version (Forget You) is used for both airplay and music video.[1]
2011 Like a G6 Far East Movement A scene which shows some alcoholic drinks on the table is censored in the music video.
2011 Tonight (I'm Lovin' You) Enrique Iglesias An alternative clean version (Tonight I'm Lovin' You) is used for both airplay and music video. However, the official clean version of the music video is still heavily censored by Astro.Hitz.[2]
2011 I Just Had Sex The Lonely Island featuring Akon Both the song and the music video are banned in Malaysia.
2011 Firework Katy Perry The song is passed without cuts but a gay kissing scene is censored in the music video.
2011 Loud Stan Walker The official music video was banned due to strong violence and horror.
2011 What the Hell Avril Lavigne The song is passed without cuts but a scene which shows the performer showing her middle finger is censored in the music video.
2011 Fuckin' Perfect Pink An alternative clean version (Perfect) is used for both airplay and music video. However, a scene showing a girl cutting herself is censored.[3] The word "beer" is censored on Hitz.fm.
2011 Born This Way Lady Gaga The line "gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life" is removed from the song and replaced with the repetition of the words "no matter" for three times. The music video is banned in Malaysia. The censor is applied to "Born This Way (Country Road Version)" too.[4][5] Some radio station only censor the word "gay", "bi" and "lesbian" instead of the whole line.
2011 E.T. Katy Perry The song is passed without cuts but the scene showing the buttocks of the E.T. showed in the music video is censored.
2011 S&M Rihanna Both the song and the music video are banned in Malaysia. However, this only applies to Hitz.FM and Astro Hitz. The song is still played with some parts censored.[6]
2011 Feat (壮举) Hins Cheung The quick gasping sound in the song was censored in both song and music video (presumably the sound related to sex) .
2011 Judas Lady Gaga At first, the song can be played as usual with the words "dead", "hooker", "prostitute", "condom", "Jesus" censored in local radio stations. However, the song was later banned indefinitely followed by the banning of official music video due to some religious content.[7]
2011 The Lazy Song Bruno Mars The word "sex" was censored during the airplay but the music video has its audio intact.
2011 Party Rock Anthem LMFAO The song is passed without cuts but a scene showing a man who portrays Jesus dancing on the street is censored.
2011 This Is War Thirty Seconds to Mars A scene in the music video with pariah was censored (presumably to avoid racial tensions).
2011 Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) Katy Perry The phrase "Menage a trois", which means household of three in French, is censored by reversing the audio. However, the censoring so far is only applied to Hitz.FM and Astro.Hitz. For the music video, two scenes are censored. One scene shows a photo on Katy Perry's laptop where Katy Perry is in bed with a man and another scene shows a man touching Katy Perry's buttock.
2011 Good Night Reece Mastin The official music video was banned due to strong violence and horror.
2011 Smile Avril Lavigne The words "bitch", "shit" and "fucking" are censored both during airplay and in the music video on Astro.Hitz. In fact, an official clean version of the song is available but surprisingly it is not been adopted.
2011 Bow Chicka Wow Wow Mike Posner A scene which shows some alcoholic drinks on the table is censored in the music video.
2011 I Need a Doctor Dr. Dre Vulgar words were censored in both the song and the music video.
2011 Till The World Ends Britney Spears The music video has not been aired on Astro Hitz so far, reason unknown. However, the song is passed by censor during the airplay.
2011 I Wanna Go Britney Spears The song is passed without cuts for airing. For the music video, two scenes are censored. One scene shows Britney answers nicely for the few first questions from the paparazzi then proceeds to say "Fuck You, Fuck You, Fuck You" to them and another scene shows Britney touching her fan's buttocks.
2011 Don't Wanna Go Home Jason Derulo The word "bitch" was censored in both the song and the music video.
2011 The Edge of Glory Lady Gaga Banned due to strong violence and very course language.
2011 You and I Lady Gaga The music video is partially censored due to some explicit content while the song during airplay has the words "whiskey" and "Jesus" censored.
2011 Hush Magic Power(魔幻力量) featuring Della Ding(丁當) The song is banned in Malaysia due to some sexual reference.
2011 Rain Over Me Pitbull featuring Marc Anthony The word "bullshit" was censored in both the song and the music video.
2011 In the Dark Dev The word "sex" was censored in both the song and the music video, which is also censored on the official radio edit version.
2011 I'm on One DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne The word "fuck" was censored in both the song and the music video.
2011 Cheers (Drink to That) Rihanna The word "bastards" was censored in both the song and the music video with Avril Lavigne singing I'm With You.
2011 It Girl Jason Derulo The whole line of "Baby you're my shhh girl" is replaced by another line of "Baby you got me whipped girl" for both music video and airplay.
2011 Wish You Were Here Avril Lavigne The word "shit" was censored in both the song and the music video.
2011 Criminal Britney Spears Some sex scenes were censored in the music video but the song has its audio intact during the airplay.
2011 It Will Rain Bruno Mars The word "morphine" was censored in both the song and the music video.
2012 Marry the Night Lady Gaga Some scenes from the music video were banned, then later removed from YouTube's VEVO page, the nudity part, but contains strong bloody Violence and Strong Adult Themes and Horror and Very Course Language.
2012 Ass Back Home Gym Class Heroes featuring Neon Hitch An alternative clean version of the song, "Get Yourself Back Home" are used for both airplay and music video.
2012 Turn Me On David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj The music video is apparently banned in Malaysia. In the one-hour delay broadcast of MTV Asia in Malaysia, the music video was censored and left 5 to 10 seconds left to be aired.
2012 You Da One Rihanna Some scenes showing the singer rubbing her private part were apparently censored along with the word "niggas".
2012 Give Me All Your Luvin' Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. The word "shit" was censored in both the song and the music video and two cheerleaders kissing is censored.
2012 Payphone Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa An alternative clean version of this song is used.
2012 Starships Nicki Minaj The music video was heavily censored in the delayed version of MTV Asia in Malaysia.
2012 Locked Out of Heaven Bruno Mars The word "sex" is censored on airplay but the music video has its audio intact. The word "sinner" is only censored on Hitz fm.
2013 Thrift Shop Macklemore and Ryan Lewis An official clean version was used for both music video and airplay.
2013 C'mon Kesha The word "wine" and "budweiser" is censored on Hitz.fm and Astro Hitz.
2013 Here's to Never Growing Up Avril Lavigne The words "ass" and "fuck" are censored in the clean version for airplay and music video. In addition, the word "drunk" is censored on Hitz.fm and Astro Hitz.
2013 I Love It Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX The replacing word "shit" to "stuff" and "bitch" to "chick" on airplay.
2013 Timber Pitbull featuring Kesha The word "bras and thongs" is censored on Hitz.fm.
2013 Can't Hold Us Macklemore and Ryan Lewis The word "shit" is censored and replaced by sound effects on airplay and music video.
2013 Talk Dirty Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz The official clean version was used on airplay and music video, but it is heavily censored on Hitz.fm.
2014 Drunk in Love Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z An official clean version was used with the word "liquor", "sex", "breastases" censored on radio stations. This song did not aired on Hitz fm.
2014 Partition Beyoncé An official clean version was used with the word "horny", "wine" and "sexe"(sex in French) censored on radio stations. This song did not aired on Hitz fm.
2014 Sing Ed Sheeran The word "smoke", "tequila" and "drunk" censored on Hitz fm.
2014 G.U.Y. Lady Gaga The word "sexes" censored on airplay. However, this song did not aired on Hitz fm.
2014 Black Widow Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora The line "Praise Jesus Hallelujah" censored on Hitz fm, the censor is applied to Hollywood Hamilton's Weekend Top 30 too. Other radio stations like Fly FM censors the word "Jesus". Initially, the word "Jesus" was not censored on Fly FM until the music video released despite the music video doesn't contain religious material.
2014 Wiggle Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg The word "butt" is censored on airplay but the music video has its audio intact.
2014 Bang Bang Jessie J featuring Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj The word "cocking" is censored on airplay but the music video has its audio intact.
2014 Stay with Me Sam Smith Hitz fm censors the phrase "one-night stand" on Hollywood Hamilton's Weekend Top 30.
2014 Anaconda Nicki Minaj The word "butt" was heavily censored on airplay. The word "sex"(for "sex appeal") was censored on Hitz fm.
2014 Habits Tove Lo The word "sex"(for "sex clubs") is censored on airplay.
2014 Don't Ed Sheeran The words "gin" and "sex" are both censored, but this censoring only applies to Astro-owned radios like Hitz fm.
2014 Uptown Funk Mark Ronson The word "liquor" censored on airplay but the music video has its audio intact.
2014 Break the Rules Charli XCX The word "bitch" censored on Hitz fm.
2014 Burnin' Up Jessie J The word "sex" is censored on airplay.
2014 Take Me to Church Hozier The song is banned on Astro-owned radio like Hitz fm and Mix fm due to religious content. The ban is applied to Hollywood Hamilton's Weekend Top 30 and Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 too.

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