Rebel Heart, released on March 6 via Interscope Records, is Pop legend Madonna’s latest addition to her extensive discography. Gaining international success, peaking at #2 in the UK albums chart and the US Billboard 200, and reaching #1 spots in Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland, among other countries. With her album release, Madonna also extended her lead as the biggest selling female artist of the 21st century in UK.
Despite these accomplishments, BBC Radio 1 didn’t include Madonna’s latest single “Living For Love” on its playlist, during the run up to Madonna’s album release, sparking a dispute on ‘ageism’ in the media between the two. Madonna has been quoted as saying, “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“.
DJ Scott Mills has backed Radio 1’s decision, telling The Mirror, “I don’t actually mind the new single, But do I think Radio 1 should play it? Probably not. They’re trying to get the average age of the listener down and, to be honest, most Madonna fans are in their 30s and 40s. When you’ve got more relevant up-and-coming artists and bands and there’s a space on the playlist, then it’s in the BBC Radio 1 remit that it should go to a British artist anyway“.