Justin Bieber’s new album, Purpose, has yet to be released, but is already getting banned by a number of predominately Muslim countries, as its cover photo has been deemed provocative for referencing Jesus.
The upcoming album, which shows the 21-year-old pop singer shirtless and flaunting a tattoo of a cross on his chest, has been banned by a number of countries in the Middle East, along with Indonesia, according to TMZ.
Indonesia is home to the world’s largest Muslim population.
Check out the cover artwork:
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As a result of the backlash, Bieber’s team is now said to be working on alternate cover for albums sold in Islamic regions, however no details have been released as to what a new cover photo might look like.
Bieber has been laying relatively low since the release of his 2012 album Believe.
Purpose will officially drop in November, however the single “What Do You Mean?” from the album topped Billboard’s Hot 100 Monday.
Bieber recently opened up about his Christian faith during a feature interview with Complex.