Radio 1 took to Facebook on Tuesday (February 17) to give their take on the apparent Madonna boycott. In efforts to dispel the rumors right off the bat, the opening line of their statement was straight to the point. "Radio 1 does not ban anyone – please don’t believe the papers," the status reads.
As for how they decide what to play, the station offered readers with a breakdown on how their playlist is cumulated.
The tracks played on Radio 1 are chosen on musical merit and their relevance to our young audience on a case-by-case basis, and whilst around 40% of the country's 15 to 29-year-olds tune into Radio 1 each week, an artist's age is never a factor.
They even went the extra mile to convince readers that they do indeed embrace older acts like Paul McCartney, who the station boasted has "two tracks - 'FourFiveSeconds' and 'Only One' - on the Radio 1 playlist."
Um, I'm pretty sure that the only reason those two tracks are in rotating is because they include names like, you know, Kanye West and Rihanna. We'll have to wait and see if things change for the song's success when Madge hits the big stage for her upcoming performance at the BRIT Awards. Until then, let's just appreciate one of M's most recent Instagram post from Tuesday afternoon. #prophet
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