According to a previous report by
CNN Money, several artists have already been blacklisted in China over the years, including Elton John, Bjork, Maroon 5, and Linkin Park, to name a few. Furthermore, any foreign musician planning to perform in China is subject to censorship and must first be cleared by the Ministry of Culture. Sometimes, acts can be banned from performing certain songs or forced to change their lyrics. Lady Gaga has previously performed in Hong Kong and Macau, but never on mainland China.