We had no idea that when singers are worldwide famous, their albums need censorship to be sold in places like the Middle East. Now, you don’t understand how funny that can be. Just scroll down and you will find yourself laughing on the ground.
Here is a list of singers who had to wear some virtual clothes.
1 # Shakira
Shakira Isabel Mebarak is her full name and she was born on the 2nd of February in 1977. She is a Colombian by ethnicity. She is not just a singer but a songwriter, record producer and a dancer. She was raised in Barranquilla where she started exploring her talent in school.
Her music and talent revolved around more around Arabic, rock & roll and Latin American decent. She is known for her belly dancing abilities, and that is why she stood out like a sore thumb amongst other singers of her time. Her initial albums failed but she rose from her fourth album.
After that she decided to sing in English – and that was her greatest decision. She sold millions of albums and became world famous. But unfortunately the creativity she put into her album covers was not accepted by the whole world.
In order to sell her album in the Middle East, they had to censor her covers because they were too revealing. Middle Eastern countries expect a little more modestly, even in music.
It is hilarious how the strategically placed leaves on her body parts had to be multiplied all over her body to cover it. Clearly they don’t want their audience seeing her chiseled stomach.
2 # Britney Spears
Britney Spears was born on December 2nd in the year 1981. She is one of the highly credited teen pop icons of the late 90’s.
In no time she reaches the top of the charts with her bestselling songs and was the most selling teenage artist of her time. She was given titles like ‘Princess of pop’ and received many awards and even accolades such as the Grammy Award and the MTV Video Music Award.
She is also present in the Hollywood walk of fame. She was in the 8th position on the billboard and came fifth in general. Not many people know that she was a child star in television shows.
Moving on, when she became world famous – her albums were to be sold in the Middle East and for that they required modestly.
The Photoshop is done in a funny manner, and in one case – her whole body is cropped out of the picture without any effort being put in.
3 # Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga’s real name is Stefani Joane Angelina. She was born on 28th March in 1986. She is an American and known for her singing, acting ad songwriting.
She is known to be very contemporary and for experimenting with creative ideas. How she portrays herself is something dark and stands out, not hard to notice at all. A lot of people find her work to be provocative.
She started her career from singing at open mic nights at different places. She studied music at the New York University and her hit albums were of the electro-pop genre. She posted for her album completely naked with a ball between her legs. The Middle Eastern world would not be able to handle that so they increased the size of the ball and make her wear leggings.
4 # Selena Gomez
Her full name is Selena Marie Gomez, she was born on the 22nd of July in 1992. She started her career very early as a child actress in television series. She first starred in ‘Barney and Friends’ and later she came to fame due to her lead role in ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’.
She also acted in a few films but later on came to her passion which was singing. She released her solo album in 2013 and ended up being in the top ten singles. The star sold about seven million albums and her singles were about twenty two million.
She even has her own clothing line and a fragrance. She is known for her charitable work from the age of 17.She has also won many awards in her career, from American Music Award and People’s Choice Award. Coming to her album being censored, they really didn’t like her wearing less clothes so they photo-shopped some.
5 # Mariah Carey
Mariah was born on the 27th of March and she is known to be a singer, record producer, songwriter and actress. She rose up to fame due to her eponymous debut album.
She became successful after four of her songs topped the charts and she was confirmed as a highest selling act in the ‘Columbia Records.’ One of her songs also remains the ‘longest running number 1 song’ on the US chart history.
He sold millions of albums and has a record breaking deal with Virgin Records. But when she became world famous, the Middle East had to make her put on some clothes before they sold the album in their markets. They really have some talent in making people wear clothes.
6 # Nirvana
As we all know, Nirvana was one of the most popular bands in American rock history. The lead of that band was Kurt Cobain who committed suicide at the peak of his career and fame.
He made sure that the world remembered him as a legend. Although it only released three full albums, it is still known to be the most influential bands in history.
It still has a following although the band does not exist, as after Kurt’s death the band did not continue making music – and respected his memory and work. The album called ‘Never mind’ had a baby in the pool – now no one thought that even he would need to wear a photo shopped underwear.
7 # Madonna
Now do we even need to introduce Madonna? She was born on 16th of August in 1958 and till today’s date she is famous. She is an American singer, actress, business woman and a songwriter.
She has always sung the most controversial and moving lyrics. She is known to be a performer on stage and also sparking controversy.
She is known to be the ‘Queen of pop.’ But if she needs to release her album in the Middle East, she still needs virtual clothes.
8 # Christina Aguilera
Her full name is Christina Maria Aguilera and she was born on the 18th of December in 1980. She is known to be a singer, actress, television personality and songwriter.
She acted in series like ‘Star Search’, and ‘The Mickey Mouse Club.’
She was known for her songs like ‘Gennie in a bottle’ and ‘what a girl wants.’ She was known for dirty dancing in her top videos and even named her album as ‘stripped’.
Now the Middle East would not like her to be doing that, so they had to change a few things.
But they didn’t stop there, they had to do that to another album of hers, not just one.
9 # Katy Perry
Her full name is Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson and she was born on the 25th of October in 1984.
She is not just a singer but also a songwriter. She used to sing in church was she was a child and kept working through till the top.
She made an album that covered her with clouds, but clearly those areas were not enough. The Middle East had to use a little more clouds to cover all of her body. Now you roll all over the floor.
The list does not end there, here are a few more examples of how the modestly takes over album covers when it goes to other countries.