Songs by Bruno Mars, Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande banned from radio before 10pm in Indonesia


(From left) Bruno Mars, Dua Lipa and Ariana Grande can only come out after dark in Indonesia after some of their songs are banned by the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission. Photos: AFP and AP

The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) has prohibited radio stations from playing 42 songs before 10 p.m, claiming their lyrics were considered immoral.

"So, what is in those 42 songs? For example, they contain words of violence and obscenity or allude to sexuality. This is attributed to Law No. 32 of the Broadcasting Code of Conduct and Standards of Broadcast Programs [P3SPS], which states that radio broadcasting is in the interest of national integrity to build the character and identity of a nation that is faithful and pious," Adiyana Slamet, the head of the West Java KPI, told detiknews.

Radio stations are also asked to censor lyrics that are not in accordance with Indonesian norms before playing the 42 songs.

The songs include hits from world-famous artistes such as Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars, Cardi B and Suga of BTS.

The KPI has a history of censorship in the media. The popular comedian Tukul, for example, received a warning in July 2019 because a scene in his television program showed a man being allegedly possessed. The penalty was issued based on child protection.

In a separate occurrence, in August 2019, the KPI placed sanctions on Global TV for broadcasting The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie in which the main character, SpongeBob, is shown tossing a tart into another character’s face. They were also reprimanded for streaming Rabbids Invasion because it displayed cartoonish violence. Global TV was issued a written warning and was reminded to follow a censorship order.

Here is a list of the 42 songs and their artistes:

  1. Bruno Mars - 24K
  2. Ariana Grande - 34+35
  3. Masked Wolf - Astronaut in the Ocean
  4. M.I.A - Bucky Done Gun
  5. Maroon 5 - Beautiful Mistakes
  6. Max Ft Suga - Blueberry Eyes
  7. Lil Nas X - MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)
  8. Pia Mia ft Chris Brown - Do It Again
  9. Snoop Dogg - Drop It Like It's Hot
  10. Jay Z - Empire State of Mind
  11. Maroon 5 ft Cardi B - Girls Like You
  12. Timbaland - Give It to Me
  13. 24kGoldn Ft Iaan Dior - Mood
  14. Chynna Phillips - Naked and Sacred
  15. Bruno Mars ft Cardi B - Please Me
  16. Ariana Grande - Positions
  17. Post Malone ft Ty Dolla Sign - Psycho
  18. Camilla Cabello ft Shawn Mendes - Senorita
  19. Nicky Minaj - Starships
  20. Doja Cat - Streets
  21. DJ Snake ft Selena - Taki Taki
  22. Jason Derulo ft 2 Chainz - Talk Dirty
  23. Bruno Mars - That's What I Like
  24. Cardi B - Up
  25. One Republic - Good Life
  26. Gym Class Heroes ft Estelle - Guilty As Charged
  27. Rita Ora - How We Do
  28. Busta Rhymes ft Maria - I Know What You Want
  29. Icona Pop - I Love It
  30. DJ Khaled - I'm the One
  31. Jay Z - Izzo
  32. Bruno Mars - Lazy Song
  33. Dua Lipa ft DaBaby - Levitating
  34. Justin Bieber ft benny blanco - Lonely
  35. Eminem - Lose Yourself
  36. Ariana Grande ft The Weeknd - Love Me Harder
  37. Bruno Mars - Versace on the Floor
  38. Avril Lavigne - Wish You Were Here
  39. Kid Laraoi - Without You
  40. Vedo - You Got It
  41. Dua Lipa ft Missy Elliot - Levitating
  42. Bruno Mars - Locked Out of Heaven – The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network
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