So it seems that one of our legendary Malaysian singer of yesteryears, Saloma, has had some of her songs labelled as explicit in the iTunes store. The late Saloma, the wife of Malaysia’s acting legend the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee, was a well-known singer and actress in the 1950s and 1960s.
Some of her famous her famous songs include Bunga Tanjong, Pandang Kasih and the evergreen Selamat Hari Raya. You’d figure that most of the songs from that era would be pretty tame compared to what we get these days, but somehow or rather, the iTunes store managed to label some of her songs explicit. Funny right?
We first got wind of the issue via a thread on Reddit Malaysia that was submitted by user no_hope_no_future. In it, he said that all Saloma songs were labelled as explicit. We figured we’d check it out and it was partially true. Not all of Saloma’s songs were labelled as explicit but one whole album was. This album is the Saloma Pilihan Khas album which contains some of the most popular songs from the singer, and that also includes the aforementioned Bunga Tanjong
Exactly how explicit is it? According to Recording Industry Association of Ameria, any music labelled explicit might contain strong language, or depictions of violence, sex and substance abuse with parental discretion advised. While we’re not familiar with the majority of the late singer’s works, we do know that they can’t be that bad to be labelled as explicit songs. If those songs are explicit, then what should we be calling every song played on the radio?
We’re contacting Apple to see if there was some mislabeling issue for the album and maybe they’ll get back to us. As of the publishing of this article, the explicit label is still up. it’s pretty funny to see such classic songs share the same warning label as hardcore metal and rap album.
Source: Reddit Malaysia