What Middle Eastern Do to These Sexy Album Covers Is Genius
Saudi Arabia and its neighboring Middle Eastern countries are notorious for censoring “sexual” album covers by female artists in order to make the artwork more appropriate for a conservative audience.
As we know record companies hoping to sell their artists’ albums are ever-more sensitive to the beliefs and cultural traditions of each market they're selling to, and will often tailor album covers in order to avoid offence.
In some extreme cases there have been reports of the Saudi government paying religious police members of the Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) to manually alter from covers.
The altered covers are found on music download sites such as iTunes as well as in regular stores.
It has been reported in the past that police officers have unwrapped CD cases, removed the front and back inserts and carefully and painstakingly colored in with marker pen any photos baring exposed female flesh that is deemed objectionable.
However, it is actually far easier for record companies to simply produce separate versions of well-known covers.
Check out these amazing works:
Lady Gaga's behind was fully clothed when the album was released in the Middle East.
In pictures for the Glitter album, Mariah Carey is shown wearing tops that cover virtually all exposed flesh.
Katy Perry is seen floating on a cloud on her main album cover, but is completely swaddled in the picture for her Middle Eastern Teenage Dream front cover (right).
Kylie Minogue's Fever album was redesigned to prevent anyone getting hot under the collar.
Butterfly by Mariah Carey showed the singer wearing a top covering her shoulders and belly button.