Madonna Blacklisted From Radio Station For Being “Too Old”

February 16 2015, 1:23 pm

"Living For Love" has been available for radio since December 20 but has only been played once(!) on the BBC station by DJ Annie Mac, but this was after 7PM when songs not included on the weekly playlist can also be played.

In comparison, rival radio station Capital FM have played the song 64 times since December and its target audience is 15-34 year olds.

This isn't the first time Radio 1 have came under fire for seemingly being ageist against artists. In 2012 they omitted one of the UK's biggest stars Robbie Williams' comeback single "Candy" because of his age - he was 38 at the time - but the single consequently debuted at #1 and spent two weeks at the top.

However, a Radio 1 spokesman has responded to these claims and said Madonna's age is not the reason that "Living For Love" isn't getting their love: "Tracks are chosen on musical merit, and while around 40 per cent of the country’s 15 to 29-year-olds tune into Radio 1 each week, an artist’s age is never a factor."

'Musical merit'? Have they heard the song? "Living For Love" is undoubtedly Madonna's best single since "Hung Up" and totally trumps "4 Minutes," which was her last UK number one back in 2008.

Even without pitting 2015 Madonna against 2008 Madonna, I do not buy the 'musical merit' excuse when this week's playlist features Avicii's horrendously dated and generic "The Nights" in its "A list" section.

It'll be interesting to see if this affects the song's success when it's released in the UK on February 25 or if they'll retract their statements after her highly-anticipated performance at the BRIT Awards next week.

In the meantime, here's what Madonna has to say:

Long live the Queen.