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 1 month 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 1 month 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."

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Lana Del Rey - Nfr!

Lana Del Rey - Nfr!

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Xeynep T 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago

Hey what did Deadpool do??!!😄

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#8

Mxmtoon - The Masquerade

Mxmtoon - The Masquerade

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Jenn Unicorn Popping 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago

yep. imagine indeed

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#18

Marina - Love Fear

Marina - Love Fear

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Sarah Lipp 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago

They deleted even the man...

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#21

Camila Cabello - Liar

Camila Cabello - Liar

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AzKhaleesi 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago

The photoshop isn't that great...

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#24

Ariana Grande - Boyfriend

Ariana Grande - Boyfriend

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BusLady 1 month 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 1 month ago

Chilli con Courage?

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#26

Beyonce - Homecoming

Beyonce - Homecoming

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Mira Maier 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago

i like that song...

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#29

Taylor Swift - Lover

Taylor Swift - Lover

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Reagan James 1 month ago

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

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#30

Saweetie - Icy

Saweetie - Icy

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Tifferooski 1 month ago

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

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#31

Jennifer Lopez And French Montana - Medicine

Jennifer Lopez And French Montana - Medicine

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MagicalUnicorn 1 month ago

thats actually an improvement

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#32

Taylor Swift - You Need To Calm Down

Taylor Swift - You Need To Calm Down

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Falcon 1 month ago

I'm surprised the whole song isn't banned there.

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#33

Twice - Fee Special

Twice - Fee Special

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Annemarie Mattheyse 1 month ago

Not that special, clearly...

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#34

Ariana Grande - Sweetener

Ariana Grande - Sweetener

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Pudgecat 1 month ago

And then... nothinggg!

#35

Madonna - Madame X

Madonna - Madame X

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#36

Lady Gaga - Joanne

Lady Gaga - Joanne

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TheBlackPanda 1 month ago

They fucked up the horse 😂

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#37

Mariah Carey - A No No

Mariah Carey - A No No

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SacredPistachio 1 month ago

oh dear god...

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#38

Tove Lo - Sunshine Kitty

Tove Lo - Sunshine Kitty

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Night Owl 1 month ago

The kitty looks to be a female too

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#39

Hailee Steinfeld - Afterlife

Hailee Steinfeld - Afterlife

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#40

Bruno Mars - Please Me Cover

Bruno Mars - Please Me Cover

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TheBlackPanda 1 month ago

This one's very funny to me for some reason😂😂

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#41

Shakira And Maluma - Clandestino

Shakira And Maluma - Clandestino

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Natali Salinas 1 month ago

Shakira and Maluma, he is a boy and he got erased!! hahaha

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#42

Summer Walker - Over It Cover

Summer Walker - Over It Cover

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WillemPenn 1 month ago

I'm sure she is over it. I would be too.

#43

Nicki Minaj - Megatron

Nicki Minaj - Megatron

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BusLady 1 month ago

What? What's wrong with the car?

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#44

Alicia Keys And Miguel Released - Show Me Love

Alicia Keys And Miguel Released - Show Me Love

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Pudgecat 1 month ago

Don’t spread stuff like that out on the floor kids... you’ll slip and look like, um, that....

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#45

Little Mix - Bounce Back

Little Mix - Bounce Back

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#46

Iggy Azalea - In My Defense

Iggy Azalea - In My Defense

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Bettina Jansen 1 month ago

Because even a corpse is a sexual object, if it's female... -_-

#47

Normani — Motivation

Normani — Motivation

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#48

Ava Max - Sweet But Psycho

Ava Max - Sweet But Psycho

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Kaisu 1 month ago

I'm not a big fan of the glorification of mental illnesses in this either

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#49

Madonna - Future

Madonna - Future

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#50

Madonna And Maluma - Medellín

Madonna And Maluma - Medellín

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Gosiulka Bloem 1 month ago

Seems like they are not sure about Maluma...

#51

Fat Joe, Cardi B, Anuel Aa - Yes

Fat Joe, Cardi B, Anuel Aa - Yes

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Lemon Garnished Potato 1 month ago

Not even lineart is safe...

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#52

Celine Dion - Flying On My Own + Dave Audé Remix

Celine Dion - Flying On My Own + Dave Audé Remix

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HempFairy 1 month ago

Seriously? But it's just a water-y, smoke-y kinda image!! Well... i guess Iranian men see vaginas everywhere.

#53

Jennifer Lopez And Bad Bunny - Te Guste

Jennifer Lopez And Bad Bunny - Te Guste

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TheBlackPanda 1 month ago (edited)

Wooooow😂 they didn't even try

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#54

Madonna Swae Lee - Crave

Madonna Swae Lee - Crave

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#55

Madonna - I Rise

Madonna - I Rise

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#56

Nicki Minaj - Queen

Nicki Minaj - Queen

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Annemarie Mattheyse 1 month ago

Okay, I get why this one was censored. But is obliteration really the answer?? This is some next-level misogyny.

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#57

Katy Perry - Never Really Over Cover

Katy Perry - Never Really Over Cover

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#58

Mariah Carey - Caution

Mariah Carey - Caution

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#59

Jennifer Lopez, Dj Khaled And Cardi B - Dinero (Cade Remix)

Jennifer Lopez, Dj Khaled And Cardi B - Dinero (Cade Remix)

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Night Owl 1 month ago

Oh, come on! You don't even see the hair here!

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#60

Ciara - Beauty Marks

Ciara - Beauty Marks

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#61

Halsey - Nightmare

Halsey - Nightmare

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#62

Mariah Carey - Gtfo

Mariah Carey - Gtfo

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BusLady 1 month ago

Don't they know what GTFO means? They would have censored that, too.

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#63

Megan Thee Stallion - Fever

Megan Thee Stallion - Fever

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#64

Charli Xcx - Charli

Charli Xcx - Charli

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EA 1 month ago

Women fight so hard to be taken seriously in the workplace, we fight sexual harassment, some of us on a daily basis, and just want to be treated fairly, based on merit. And then women like this ruin all of that and belittle the struggles we face every day. I feel bad for some of the ladies in this post being censored, it’s being done for the wrong reasons but for goodness sake let your music and talent speak for itself. If you have to take your clothes off to sell your work then what is the point!

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