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Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars songs banned in Indonesia’s most populous province



A broadcasting commission has banned Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You, Ariana Grande’s Love Me Harder, Bruno Mars’s That’s What I Like and Versace on the Floor as well as over a dozen western pop songs deemed pornographic.

The West Java broadcasting commission in Indonesia in a memorandum issued on Tuesday singled out 85 songs, including 17 western pop songs, it said contained adult and offensive content.

It said the airing of the songs will not be allowed during daylight hours, but can only be broadcast between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m in Indonesia’s conservative West Java province.

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The West Java province is the country’s most populous province with 48 million residents.

Although the British musician has not commented on the inclusion of his song on the explicit content list, information on his website revealed that Sheeran is scheduled to hold a concert in Jakarta, Indonesia capital city, on May 3.

The deputy head of the commission Rahmat Arifin said:

“In this case, what is banned is not the songs, but the lyrics of the songs that contain pornography, pornographic association, and obscenity.”

She said some of the lyrics could be perceived as “objectifying women as sexual objects”.

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The commission added that the list was more of a guideline than a regulation, although it warned it could sanction radio and television stations for contravening it.

The ban is coming after a controversial draft bill last month, which sought to outlaw “negative foreign influences” as well as blasphemous or pornographic content, punishable by imprisonment or a fine.

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Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, already has a national pornography law although local governments do occasionally issue sharia law-inspired bylaws.

In October last year, for example, several regencies in West Java called for discriminative policies to combat a perceived “LGBT threat”. Among other measures, local decrees reviewed by Human Rights Watch proposed measures to hand over lists of allegedly gay and bisexual men to authorities and change curriculums to teach hatred of LGBT people.


Nigerian Afropop songstress Merci-Lisa unveils new single



Merci Lisa

Nigerian Afropop-soul musician Merci-Lisa has debuted her new track titled “Love Potion” taken from her recently released debut EP Appetizer,

Released via Golda-Amit, The Appetizer EP was composed and written entirely by Merci-Lisa, and according to her, is inspired by her:

“Journey and experience as a young female artist. I started her career at a low point, with disappointments, betrayal and a lack of path to success, and at that low point, I felt like my world was coming to a screeching halt.

“However, everything changed when I met the guys at Golda-Amit because my career and talent were given a flourishing environment and the support I need to succeed as a female Afro Pop-Soul artist in an industry dominated by well-resourced male performers.

“All the tracks on this ‘Appetizer’ EP are written with deep passion, emotion, admiration for true love, admiration for conquering life’s adversities, and satiation for good music that transcend the test of time.”

Listen to “Love Potion” below and listen to Merci-Lisa’s Appetizer EP on your usual streaming platform here.

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Copy of Cynthia Morgan’s contract with Jude Okoye hits the net (Photos)



Cynthia Morgan

The 2013 contract between dancehall singer, Cynthia Morgan and Northside Entertainment, headed by music executive, Jude Okoye, has surfaced online.

A copy of the contract was sent to Tunde Ednut by Jude Okoye, in response to the allegations made against him by Cynthia Morgan.

Recall that Cynthia who now goes by the stage name Madrina alleged that she was not allowed to use her stage name and that she no longer had access to her social media accounts following her exit from Jude Okoye’s Northside Records.

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She also claimed that she lost all she had, including her name, VEVO account, and royalties after they had some issues centring on her contract.

In an Instagram live chat with Tunde Ednut, Jude stated that he doesn’t have the right to take Cynthia Morgan’s name because it is her birth name.

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He also explained that Cynthia Morgan, who has been free since 2017, changed her name to ‘Madrina’ while still signed to his record label.

Jude also denied taking over her Instagram and Twitter account but admitted that he took over her VEVO account, adding that it was a means of recovering over N40m he spent on her.

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He further stated that he paid Cynthia Morgan’s house rent, bought her a Range Rover and even gave her money to buy land for her mother in Benin.

Check out the contract below as signed by both parties in 2013:

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Sanyeri eulogises Antar Laniyan on his birthday



Nollywood actor, Olaniyi Afonja, popularly known as Sanyeri, has revealed that fellow actor and director, Antar Laniyan, directed his breakout movie, Opa Kan, for free.

The 45-year-old made this known on Tuesday when he shared a birthday message to Antar on Instagram.

“This day reminds me of when I came to you seeking for you to direct my movie Opa Kan without me having a means of paying you…You promised to help me and you did…To God be the glory that movie Opa Kan brought me to the limelight…,” he wrote.

The movie, Opa Kan, which was released in 2009, also stars Odunlade Adekola.

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Sanyeri and Antar Laniyan also appear together in Obirin and Aworan.

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