Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — A planned concert by U.S. pop singer Ke$ha has been banned in Muslim-majority Malaysia after authorities decided it would hurt cultural and religious sensitivities.
The show was to be held at Kuala Lumpur stadium on Saturday, but concert organizer Livescape received a letter informing them about the decision Friday.
The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia said it was rejecting the application for Ke$ha to perform for reasons of religion and culture. The ministry’s statement gave no further details, according to reports.
Ke$ha, however, has songs that make explicit reference to sex and liquor. Her hits include “Tik Tok” and “Die Young”.
Last month Malaysia banned a scheduled concert by the American metal band Lamb of God, saying the Grammy-nominated group’s work was blasphemous.
Ke$ha and her team had already agreed to modify the show in Malaysia, making changes to song lyrics and the wardrobe to comply with the government’s guidelines for performers, said Livescape in a statement.
Livescape also said it was losing over 1.1 million ringgit ($350,000) because of the ban. It urged the government of Malaysia to “engage in a productive dialogue” with concert promoters to prevent similar incidents from happening.