BBC Radio 1 has responded to reports
that it has banned Madonna from its playlists.
Over the weekend, the Mail on Sunday reported that the 56-year-old has been deemed too old to be played on the station, adding that her new single 'Living for Love' has been played just once since its debut in December.
Posting on Facebook, the station commented: "Radio 1 does not ban anyone - please don't believe the papers.
"The tracks played on Radio 1 are chosen on musical merit and their relevance to our young audience on a case-by-case basis, and whilst around 40% of the country's 15 to 29-year-olds tune into Radio 1 each week, an artist's age is never a factor.
"In fact, Paul McCartney currently has two tracks - 'FourFiveSeconds' and 'Only One' - on the Radio 1 playlist."
This isn't the first time that the station has come under fire for its apparent reluctance to play songs by older artists.
Breakfast presenter Nick Grimshaw previously claimed that Robbie Williams was "not relevant" to the 13 and 14-year-olds who listen to the station.
However, Radio 1 DJ Matt Edmondson denied that age is a factor - pointing out that Pharrell Williams has had many tracks playlisted recently, and is the same age as Robbie.
Madonna fans urge BBC Radio 1
to play 'Living for Love'
Madonna fans have rallied together to get the star's new single playlisted on BBC Radio 1.
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 criticising 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.
From Madonna's Instagram
"Mr. Ross we meet. again...........see you next week! I might be wearing a different hat! @jrossshow. #livingforlove" -Madonna