An album isn't just about the music. Yes, the sounds are without a doubt its most essential element, but we must acknowledge the role of cover art in making it whole. Be it the fold-out gatefolds of the vinyl era, the pull-out liner notes in CD cases or the icon on a digital player, these visuals have an important role in defining how we look at a particular release. However, one Iranian streaming site, Melovaz, isn't happy with how some of them look. In fact, they're so worried these album covers might be a bad influence on their listeners, they're censoring them. What devil seeds are these pictures featuring, you ask? Women.

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Lady Gaga - Joanne

Lady Gaga - Joanne

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Mihran Hovnanian 2 months ago

Subtle!

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"I was casually scrolling through Reddit when a user there submitted a photo of Taylor Swift's new album cover without herself, just the album title," Izzi, the Twitter user who spread the message, told Bored Panda. "In the comment section, someone linked to that Iranian music streaming site so I went there and discovered the huge collection of photoshopped music covers specifically involving women."

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Lady Gaga - A Star Is Born

Lady Gaga - A Star Is Born

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Just Tina 2 months ago

That looks scary

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At first, he was surprised and in disbelief, however, due to the ridiculousness of the situation, Izzi couldn't help but laugh at some of the horrible jobs they did to remove the female artists from their covers. "That was when I felt like I should share this on my Twitter."

#3

Lana Del Rey - Nfr!

Lana Del Rey - Nfr!

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Xeynep T 2 months ago

this album is called norman fucking rockwell

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"The editing for A Star Is Born's song Shallow by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper infuriated me the most. They completely censored and removed Gaga but not Brad, and even did a terrible job at it. That was so unnecessary."

"I would like to add that I know for a fact that some countries in the Middle East would censor its female images by adding clothes and hijabs, I'm not okay with that, but this Iranian streaming site takes it to a whole new level by erasing every trace of them," Izzi said. "I hope this brings some awareness to the world that some women still face this kind of discrimination even in the 21st century."

#4

Avril Lavigne - Head Above Water Cover

Avril Lavigne - Head Above Water Cover

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razan youssef 2 months ago

honestly, the second one actually looks pretty cool, it just needs a different title

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#5

Beyoncé - Spirit

Beyoncé - Spirit

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TheBlackPanda 2 months ago

Lol they don't know the lion is female

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#6

Little Mix Ft. Nicki Minaj - Woman Like Me

Little Mix Ft. Nicki Minaj - Woman Like Me

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Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch 2 months ago

Why? These are just head shots while wearing black turtlenecks.

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#7

Céline Dion - Ashes Steve Aoki Deadpool Demix

Céline Dion - Ashes Steve Aoki Deadpool Demix

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TheBlackPanda 2 months ago

Hey what did Deadpool do??!!😄

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#8

Mxmtoon - The Masquerade

Mxmtoon - The Masquerade

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Jenn Unicorn Popping 2 months ago

Ya that pink one middle row is skeptical ;(

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#9

Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep

Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep

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Blueplanet 2 months ago

and it's not even done properly

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#10

Billie Eilish - When I Was Older

Billie Eilish - When I Was Older

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Jenn Unicorn Popping 2 months ago

"ghost prints in the sand"

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#11

Lizzo, Dababy - Truth Hurts

Lizzo, Dababy - Truth Hurts

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chi-wei shen 2 months ago

Oh. My. God. I can see a little bit of female skin in the bottom left! What a scandal, the censors didn't do a good job.

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#12

Katy Perry - Small Talk

Katy Perry - Small Talk

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Kristy P 2 months ago

That's some bad photoshop right there...

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#13

Pnb Rock, Nicki Minaj, Murda Beatz - Fendi

Pnb Rock, Nicki Minaj, Murda Beatz - Fendi

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Dave Walker 2 months ago

Wow, even drawings aren't ok?

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#14

Dua Lipa - Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa - Dua Lipa

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Marcellus the Third 2 months ago

Oooh, edgy! No total deletion!

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#15

Melanie Martinez - K-12

Melanie Martinez - K-12

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Ivy Ruonakoski 1 month ago

They also erased half of the flower pot. Like, what did it do wrong?

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#16

Ariana Grande - Thank U, Next

Ariana Grande - Thank U, Next

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Silverfish_13 2 months ago

wow, can't even notice the change. So subtle

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#17

Ariana Grande - Imagine

Ariana Grande - Imagine

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Kath Leen 2 months ago

yep. imagine indeed

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#18

Marina - Love Fear

Marina - Love Fear

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Sarah Lipp 2 months ago

Feels very "handmaids tale" how easily women are erased here.

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#19

Kygo And Whitney Houston - Higher Love

Kygo And Whitney Houston - Higher Love

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Andrew Wildman 2 months ago

Could have at least scooted his head over to be more centered...

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#20

Afro B - Afrowave 3

Afro B - Afrowave 3

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ADHORTATOR 2 months ago

They deleted even the man...

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#21

Camila Cabello - Liar

Camila Cabello - Liar

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AzKhaleesi 2 months ago

Yes you are .... there used to be an angel on the cover

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#22

Meghan Trainor - Badass Woman

Meghan Trainor - Badass Woman

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Analyn Lahr 2 months ago

Even the car?

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#23

Lana Del Rey - Doin' Time Album

Lana Del Rey - Doin' Time Album

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CookieNeerrrrd 2 months ago

The photoshop isn't that great...

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#24

Ariana Grande - Boyfriend

Ariana Grande - Boyfriend

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BusLady 2 months ago

Gee, they even removed the men from this one.

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#25

Celine Dion - Courage

Celine Dion - Courage

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Amy Smith 2 months ago

Chilli con Courage?

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#26

Beyonce - Homecoming

Beyonce - Homecoming

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Mira Maier 2 months ago

Didn't know this album cover, but as a greek I just read "ithmscthming".

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#27

Miley Cyrus - She Is Coming

Miley Cyrus - She Is Coming

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C 2 months ago

Not in Iran she's not

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#28

Bebe Rexha - Last Hurrah

Bebe Rexha - Last Hurrah

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CookieNeerrrrd 2 months ago

i like that song...

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#29

Taylor Swift - Lover

Taylor Swift - Lover

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Reagan James 2 months ago

Lover!!! Oh my gosh, I love that song!

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#30

Saweetie - Icy

Saweetie - Icy

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Tifferooski 2 months ago

This is like the only one I remotely understand the purpose for censoring.

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