Recording labels should not refrain from releasing albums with violent material in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. More th

Recording labels should not refrain from releasing albums with violent material in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. More than 68% of 5,433 respondents who weighed in say they support sticking with releases seen by some as violent.

43% said that because of the legal right to free expression in the U.S., restricting the release of albums with violent content would only infringe on the freedom of the artists who recorded the material. Another 25% agreed, stating that violent music does not encourage violence, but can act as a release of tensions felt by fans of such music.

On the other hand, 18% felt that America is still in the early stages of healing, and that violent music could serve to irritate already open wounds. Another 14% believe that violent music can encourage violent acts.

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