The list consists entirely of pop music from the US and UK, and also includes songs by Jay-Z, Cardi B and Avril Lavigne. These songs are reportedly not allowed to be played on-air before 10pm. Find the full list of songs here.
“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.”
According to Kompas, radio stations have also been briefed to censor offending lyrics before the songs are broadcast.
The list of 42 songs marks an increase from 17 Western pop songs that were banned in 2019 from daytime broadcast by the KPI in the province of West Java.
In comparison, this 2021 circular with the list of banned songs was issued by the central KPI, Kompas reported.
While the most recent list remains dominated by Western artists, one song – Max’s ‘Blueberry Eyes’ – features BTS’ Suga. Bruno Mars tops the list with six songs, two of which – ‘Versace On The Floor’ and ‘That’s What I Like’ – were previously banned in 2019.
Ariana Grande, whose song ‘Love Me Harder’ was on the 2019 list, is on this year’s list again alongside recent singles ‘34+35’ and ‘Positions’. Lil Nas X’s ‘MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)’ and Cardi B’s ‘Up’ are among the most recent singles to be added to the list.
The list has circulated on Twitter since the announcement, with some users expressing shock at the list and others relieved some of their favourite artists were spared.
Dis! Ada list nya ni pic.twitter.com/tWwAqSoWWQ
— AREA JULID (@AREAJULID) June 30, 2021
BLUEBERRY EYES IS FORBIDDEN TO BE PLAYED IN INDONESIA BEFORE 10 PM??? EXCUSE ME????? https://t.co/EZTeEY9v52
— Odre 🐣 (Working on commissions!) (@ParkParkAudrey) July 1, 2021
— jean. (@treaycherous) July 1, 2021
One user even compiled the 42 songs into a Spotify playlist for Indonesian users, even warning in jest against “shar[ing] the playlist to your children”.
KPI (Indonesia Censorship Agency) released list of 42 songs having "bad influence" and banned to play them on radio before 10 PM.
For your convenience, I created a Spotify playlist of such songs: https://t.co/UnSqAsaks9
— Pascal Alfadian N. (@pascalalfadian) June 28, 2021