If Madonna fancies getting herself back on the Radio 1 playlist, the station’s boss has got something of a solution: She just needs to make a ‘more relevant’ pop song. SIMPLES.
Yep, after all the drama over whether Madge was actually BANNED from their playlist (something they strongly deny), and whether her age was a factor in her exclusion, Radio 1′s boss Ben Cooper has tried to clear the whole thing up.
Oh, and he is actually a Madonna fan, just FYI.
He’s just not living to put her on the playlist. But at least he can justify his (lack of) love.
Expressing himself and his reasons for not putting Madonna on the playlist, Ben explained that the decision was ‘nothing personal’ and was based on the ‘merit of the music’, adding that they haven’t banned her.
The 45-year-old revealed: “I love Madonna. I’ve been to see her concerts several times, and I’ve bought several of her records.
“I’ve even got a signed front cover of The Face magazine that she was on, on my wall.
“There’s nothing personal about Madonna. It’s just about the merit of the music an artist is creating at the time. We haven’t banned Madonna. If she comes back with another track…
“We have one of the most democratic playlist committees in the world. It has worked for Madonna for the last 20-odd years.
“But with this current record – when it’s a choice between that and, say, Wolf Alice [a 20-something British band] or a new up-and-coming artist, you go, ‘Which is more relevant to a young audience?’”
So there you go. Don’t get too hung up on it, Madonna.
Earlier this month, Madonna spoke to The Sun about the reported age snub.
The 56-year-old ranted: “When I heard, I was shocked. I was like, ‘Wait a second. Shouldn’t it be to do with whether you wrote a good, catchy pop song?’
“I thought it was so discriminatory and unfair.
“We’ve made so many advances in other areas — civil rights, gay rights — but ageism is still an area that’s taboo and not talked about and dealt with.”
In fact, the Queen of Vogue-ing herself reckons it’s ruddy difficult for anyone older than 30 to get their songs on the radio these days.
She continued: “My manager said to me, ‘If you’re not in your twenties, it’s hard.
“You might get your record played in your thirties. There’s a handful of people who do — Pharrell got lucky. But if you’re in your fifties, you can forget it’.
“Really? Is that how it’s broken down? I’m so stupid. I didn’t know it was anything to do with my age. I just do my work.”
Don’t be so harsh on yourself, love.
We guess we’ll have to see which of Madonna’s new songs Radio 1 will deem ‘relevant’ enough.
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