Madonna SNUBBED by BBC as Radio 1 and Radio 2 blank comeback track

The Maluma collaboration received its debut play on Apple Music’s Beats 1, with former BBC DJ Zane Lowe introducing the track by gushing: “There are icons and then there is Madonna.”

However, while the 45-year-old may be loving the superstar, his former employer is not.

Daily Star Online can reveal that Madonna and Maluma‘s new track has been snubbed from all of Radio 1’s playlists.

In fact, as well as the song not appearing on the A, B, or C playlist for the station, even Radio 2 have decided to give the track a swerve.

A source told Daily Star Online: “Madonna will no doubt be annoyed at the snub but it’s hardly surprising.

“Radio 1 failed to support her in 2014 when she released her last lead single so for her to make the playlists over half a decade later would be all but impossible”


“Radio 1 failed to support her in 2014 when she released her last lead single so for her to make the playlists over half a decade later would be all but impossible.

“Radio 1’s target audience is 15 to 29-year-olds meaning some of their target listeners were only born in 2005.”

The music insider added: “Some listeners wouldn’t have even been alive when Madonna released Britney collaboration Me Against The Music or Hung Up.


SUPERSTAR: Madonna is one of the biggest selling artists of all time (Pic: MADONNA)


SNUBBED: Madonna’s comeback track won’t be played on Radio 1 (Pic: APPLEMUSIC)


COMING SOON: Madame X is released on June 14 (Pic: MADONNA)

“While the song of the week is yet to be announced on Radio 1 or Radio 2 it would be unheard of for a single to win that title without even making the playlist.”

In a statement to Daily Star Online, the BBC said: “Individual stations make their own decisions on the songs they play, based on what the audience expects to hear, with no other criteria taken into consideration.”

Madonna’s previous lead single, Living For Love, was also snubbed by the BBC when she released it in December 2014.

Letting rip at the decision, Madonna accused the station of ageism in a feisty interview to promote her 13th studio album Rebel Heart.


CATCHY: Madonna has teamed up with Maluma for her new single (Pic: MADONNA)

The Die Another Die singer raged: “I was like, ‘Wait a second. Shouldn’t it have to do with whether you wrote a good, catchy pop song?’

“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.”

Speaking earlier that same year, Radio 1’s head of music George Ergatoudis – who left the position in 2016 – said: “We’ve got to concentrate on [people aged] 15 to 30.

“We have to bring our average age down. That’s something we’re very conscious of.


FLASHBACK: Madonna performing Living For Love in 2015 (Pic: GETTY)


AWKWARD: Madonna appears to have fallen out of favour with Radio 1 (Pic: GETTY)

“The vast majority of people who like Madonna, who like her music now, are over 30 and frankly, we’ve moved on from Madonna.”

Medellin is taken from Madonna’s upcoming album Madame X.

The record, which is released on June 14, has been inspired by Madge’s new life in Portugal.

Chatting about her new music, Madonna, 60, said: “Lisbon is where my record was born.

Madonna Radio 1

FLASHBACK: Madonna headlined Radio 1’s Big Weekend in 2008 (Pic: GETTY)


TEAM WORK: Madonna met Maluma at the 2018 VMAs (Pic: GETTY)

“I found my tribe there and a magical world of incredible musicians that reinforced my belief that music across the world is truly all connected and is the soul of the universe.”

The material girl continued: “I met Maluma backstage at the Video Music Awards and the next day he sent me flowers and said what an honour it was to meet me.

“He has a great work ethic – he doesn’t leave the studio until it is done.”


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