Madonna has urged radio station bosses around the world to include more older artists on their playlists after reports suggested the pop superstar’s music was ditched from a U.K. network because of her age.
The singer’s latest songs were rumoured to have been shunned by leading U.K. station BBC Radio 1, which is aimed at listeners aged between 15 and 29, but bosses at the corporation later spoke out to insist Madonna had not been banned because of her advancing years.
However, the star, 56, is adamant her age is a factor when radio station executives are deciding which records to play, and she is urging them to re-evaluate their playlist policies in the aftermath of the Radio 1 furore.
She tells Britain’s The Sun, “When I heard (the Radio 1 rumour), 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 not dealt with… (After the Radio 1 rumour) my manager said to me, ‘If you’re not in your 20s, it’s hard. You might get your record played in your 30s. There’s a handful of people who do – Pharrell (Williams) got lucky. But it you are in your fifties, forget it’. I’m so stupid. I didn’t know it was anything to do with my age. I just do my work.”