Madonna has spoken out after reports claimed the singer and her new track ‘Living For Love’ were banned from Radio 1′s playlist last month because she’s supposedly ‘old and irrelevant’.
Launching something of an attack on the station, Madge has revealed that the whole situation, which she called ‘discriminatory and unfair’, left her understandably angry.
Forget ‘Justify My Love’, Madge would probably quite like the radio station to justify their playlist decision thanks.
Speaking 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.
Madonna’s latest album, Rebel Heart, is on track to become the number one album this Sunday, despite her track being ‘banned’ from the airwaves.
However, a spokesman for the BBC has denied all of this, saying: “Radio 1 does not ever ban artists.
“Tracks are chosen on musical merit and their relevance to our young audience on a case-by-case basis and while around 40 per cent of the country’s 15 to 29-year-olds tune in to Radio 1 each week, an artist’s age is never a factor.”
Madonna also defended her decision to have convicted rapist Mike Tyson featuring on her album track ‘Ironic’, which sparked outrage from some.
She explained: He’s gone through a lot. I think his evolution is quite interesting. I knew him when he was married to Robin Givens.
“I’ve seen all the trials and tribulations he’s been through. He’s a changed man. He’s been through a lot. He’s suffered a lot. He’s made other people suffer. But I think he’s a truly remarkable human being.
“I think he’s a role model. He’s the perfect example of how you can come from a very bleak upbringing, with no education, make mistakes and turn your life around.
“I saw his one-man show that Spike Lee directed for HBO. I was really impressed with his honesty, his wit and charm. He seemed to be very remorseful. I thought, ‘That’s a man’.”
Here’s hoping Madonna finds her way back onto the radio soon.
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