Looks like we’ve found the one nation on the Planet where the rhythms of unsensible shoes and eyebrow-raising fashions aren’t heating up the early days of summer: Lady Gaga’s charttopping new album has been banned in Lebanon.
Little Monsters in the Middle East were stopped from picking up Gaga’s long-awaited LP, Born This Way, after officials in conservative Lebanon impounded a shipment of the CDs on moral grounds, Britain’s The Sun has learned. The disc has been deemed “offensive” by officials with the government’s General Security Department. This isn’t the first time Lebanon has been offended by The Gaga; just weeks ago her track “Judas” was yanked from the airwaves in the largely-Muslim country. “Judas” has come under fire from a number of Christian groups, who cried out about suggestive lyrics and the use of religious imagery in the song’s video promo.
The pop superstar released Born This Way — featuring hits like “Judas” and “The Edge of Glory”– on May 23 and quickly became the year’s fast-selling album. Born This Way debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 1,108,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s only the 17th album to sell a million in a week since SoundScan began tracking sales data in 1991, and the highest sales week since 2005, when 50 Cent’s sophomore set, The Massacre, achieved platinum sales status in its first week. Born This Way also marks Gaga’s first No. 1 album; her The Fame debut peaked at No. 2, while the 2010 EPs The Fame Monster and dance effort The Remix hit No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.