Late Thursday, Lady Gaga's official YouTube channel, which was briefly " suspended due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube's Copyright Policy,"Ã¢Â€Â¨ was restored. At press time, reps for Gaga and Google/YouTube had not responded to Billboard.biz's requests for comment on the matter.
According to Time Out Tokyo, the channel - which has racked up more than a billion views -- was suspended because it hosted footage from Gaga's recent appearance on the Japan's Fuji TV show "SMAP x SMAP." The 10-minute performance finds Gaga performing a medley of songs from "Born This Way," laced with "Japan-themed ad-libs," according to the report, and was taken down overnight on July 12 following a copyright-infringement claim from Media Interactive, Inc.
Only Gaga's official YouTube channel was suspended. Her Vevo channel, also available at YouTube, remained active.
On the 11th, Gaga tweeted from Australia: "My performance+cooking show appearance on SMAP SMAP is airing now in Japan. Kawaii Monsters! Tonight running around Sydney in my OXFORDs. X."
According to MTV News, the video - which had been removed from many sites by Thursday morning -- features Gaga performing with the popular Japanese boy band SMAP, who join her dancers and sing some backing vocals. She sings "The Edge of Glory" before taking to a piano placed in a large hand sculpture to perform solo versions of "You and I" and "Born This Way."