Reports emerged over the weekend suggesting that the radio station has put a ban on playlisting any new music by the 56-year-old singer, as it deems her irrelevant for its younger demographic.
However, the BBC has since refuted the claims, stating that it decides its Radio 1 playlist on the merit of the song in question and not an artist’s age.
That said, Madonna’s fans have continued to bombard Radio 1 with requests to play her new single ‘Living for Love’.
After putting a call out for their Ten Minute Takeover feature on Facebook, hundreds of fans asked for Madonna’s new single.
“I’m 17. I’m not old. I want to listen to MADONNA!!” one Facebook user commented, while numerous others posted YouTube embeds of the star’s new music video.
BBC Radio 1 has played ‘Living for Love’ just once since its debut in December, while the single has been added to rival station Capital FM’s main playlist.
What’s more, producer Diplo has waged into the debate, tweeting: “Tell @BBCR1 that age and nothing but a # and support @NICKIMINAJ @Madonna.”
Coincidentally, footage of Madonna criticizing the problem of ageism in popular music during an interview with Jonathan Ross 20 years ago is being shared, as the chat show host announced a new one-off special with the star for next month.
Madonna’s new album Rebel Heart will be released on March 9.
It includes new single ‘Living for Love’, as well as promotional tracks ‘Unapologetic Bitch’, ‘Iconic’, ‘Ghosttown’ and ‘Bitch I’m Madonna’ featuring Nicki Minaj.