Madonna Is Not Banned Just Irrelevant Claims BBC Radio Boss

Alan Ewart

Fans of pop icon Madonna will be well aware of the recent furore over BBC Radio 1's refusal to play Madonna's latest release on the station. Madonna was infuriated when she learned that her latest single, "Living For Love," would not be on the radio station's play list. The 56-year-old star accused the BBC of age discrimination over the issue.

According to Yahoo! Celebrity Madonna told The Sun how "shocked" and upset she was about the BBC's stance.

"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."
"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."

Cooper went on to say that, if Madonna wanted airplay on the station, she simply needed to come up with "better material." The Belfast Telegraph pointed out that Paul McCartney, who is Madonna's senior by 16 years has recently been on the stations play list and that 74-year-old presenter Annie Nightingale still has a weekly show.

What do Inquisitr readers think of Madonna's new music? Is Madonna still relevant or should Madonna be relegated to the classic rock music stations?

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