It's not a good day if you're a Lady Gaga fan in China - the American pop star and her music have been banned by the communist country's propaganda department.

The ban stems from Gaga's recent meeting with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in Indianapolis the other day, where they discussed mental health and meditation amongst other topics.

China's relationship with the Dalai Lama is fractious since he campaigns for Tibetan independence from China, and they have also previously banned other artists who have met or spoke out in favour of the leader in the past - including Bjork and Oasis.

That said, Gaga has been 'banned' in China in the past because of her alleged 'vulgarity', and The Guardian reports that her songs were still available to download yesterday afternoon, despite sites being ordered to stop uploading and distributing her music.