Radio

Madonna Blasts Radio Stations For Ageism Against Women

Madonna has blasted radio stations for only playing the music of younger musicians, explaining in her no-holds-barred fashion, 'It's bullsh*t - but that's the way it is.'

The singer, currently in the middle of her successful Rebel Heart tour, tells journalist Cameron Adams for Australia's Daily Telegraph that 'Radio is ageist. If you’re not in your twenties they won’t play you on the radio. It’s bullsh - but that’s the way it is. It is disappointing. We live in an ageist society. I’ve tried my hardest to do whatever I can to change peoples’ perception of women, of age, of what is possible and why should any of us limit ourselves in any way, shape or form regardless of our sex, our sexual preference, our age, our religious beliefs, our race etc. So for me it’s shocking in this day and age where we’re now accepting gay marriages that we still treat women in a very sexist way. That’s one frontier that has not been conquered. Because if I was a man, things would be different....'

Madonna also used the interview to set the record straight on rumours that she and ex-husband Sean Penn had rekindled their romance, following his split from actress Charlize Theron.

'We’ve been friends for ages,' Madonna clarifies. As for the rumours....'Yeah, but we're friends.'

Madonna, who still has a didgeridoo in her London home as a souvenir of her 1993 tour Down Under, also explains why she will never be tempted by a Greatest Hits tour.

'I don’t want to just sing all my hits, that’s so boring. There needs to be a thread that connects them all, they have to flow from one to the other seamlessly, and for me it’s always a challenge to make that happen.'

Madonna impressed her fans last night with a spontaneous concert in Paris's Place de la Republique, the main site for tributes for victims of the recent attacks on the city.

Following her concert on Wednesday evening in the French capital, she tweeted that she would be heading to the square for a further appearance. Once she'd arrived, she launched into moving renditions of her song 'Ghosttown', John Lennon's 'Imagine' and her own 'Like a Prayer'.

The star told the crowd: “Everybody knows why we’re here....we just want to sing a few songs about peace, just to spread love and joy, and to pay our honour and respect to the people who died almost four weeks ago. And to spread light....we all need it.'

From www.huffingtonpost.co.uk


Madonna interview on BBC Radio 2 tonight

Madonna has given an interview over the telephone to Jo Wiley on BBC Radio 2.

Madonna talks to Jo about her new album, family life and that fall at The Brit Awards! It is her first UK radio interview in a long time ahead of her tour in late summer.

The interview will be broadcast tonight (Tuesday 31 March) at 8.00pm, and will be available later on the BBC iplayer.

For more information visit: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes


Madonna Radio 1 move 'nothing personal'

Radio 1 boss Ben Cooper has insisted there was 'nothing personal' in the decision not to include Madonna's latest single on the station's playlist.

Fans of t he Material Girl singer, 56, who has repeatedly reinvented herself over the last 30 years, said the station snubbed her by not putting Living For Love on the playlist, which rates songs on musical merit and relevance to its listeners.

Mr Cooper said: "We do not ban artists. There's nothing personal about Madonna. I think it's just about the merit of the music that the artist is creating at the time.'

'We have one of the most democratic playlist committees in the world and it's worked for Madonna for the last 20 odd years but it just means that this current record, when it's a choice between that and say Wolf Alice or a new up-and-coming artist, then you say 'which is more relevant to a young audience?''

Living For Love was released ahead of schedule due to internet leaks and was the track she was performing at the Brits when she tumbled in front of millions of viewers after getting caught up in her cape.

Sir Paul McCartney, who at 72 is 16 years older than Madonna, has been on the playlist recently and presenter Annie Nightingale, 74, is significantly older than Madonna. She is on air every Tuesday between 1am and 4am.

From Press Association Via Yahoo! News


Request Madonna on US radio

madonnalicious reader Fernando is urging all Madonna fans and Rebel Hearts to keep Living For Love and Ghosttown ALIVE on US radio.

Z100 New York is the largest radio station broadcast nationwide.

Please vote for Living For Love and Ghosttown via their website, text or phone line:

- Go to www.z100.com and select On AIR tab and click request a song. You can only make a request ONCE every 24 hours from the same computer.

- Text 'request Madonna Living For Love / Ghosttown' to 55100

- Phone request line 800-242-0100

C'mon Rebel Hearts! WE CAN UNITE AND DO THIS!


Revelations From the Material Girl's Howard Stern Interview

She's one of the most famous women in the world, but even Madonna has her secrets.

Luckily for listeners, the 'Living for Love' singer was in a sharing mood when she appeared on Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show Wednesday. At one point during their 83-minute conversation, Madonna revealed that she once dated rapper Tupac Shakur. 'I was mad at [David Letterman] when I said the F-word a lot. I was in a weird mood that day. I was dating Tupac Shakur at the time and the thing is he got me all riled up on life in general. So when I went on the show I was feeling very gangsta,' she explained.

Madonna was referring to a 1994 appearance on CBS' The Late Show With David Letterman. Shakur, sadly, was shot and killed on Sept. 7, 1996, after attending a Mike Tyson boxing match in Las Vegas.

Stern had never heard about their romance, while Madonna said she thought it was public knowledge. An unauthorized 2007 biography called Madonna: Like an Icon claimed the two briefly dated one year before Shakur's death. In 2014, Rosie Perez told Wendy Williams she played a role in introducing them.

Here are five more revelations from her interview:

1. She was never jealous of Warren Beatty's famous exes.
'Yes, he was [an incredible lover]. I'm not going to lie,' Madonna said of her ex. Though Beatty dated the likes of Brigitte Bardot, Julie Christie and Elle Macpherson, she said, 'I have confidence in my skills.' Beatty also inspired Madonna's 1990 'Vogue,' which she wrote in just a few hours. ''I had seen people voguing. Warren asked me to write a song for Dick Tracy and I was thinking about all of the movie stars," the 'Ghosttown' singer recalled. "Warren grew up in that era and he dated all of Hollywood, basically.''

2. She felt a kinship with Michael Jackson.
Madonna brought the King of Pop as her date to the Academy Awards in 1991, and they stayed in touch over the years. 'I could certainly relate to him on many levels, but he was also a very shy person,' she said. 'He was famous since he was a child and didn't really have a childhood. He was painfully shy.' They were able to bond over their unusual lives, she recalled. 'We didn't really have a relationship about me revealing myself to him, but making fun of the crazy world we were living and working in. We didn't talk about our childhoods....I think he felt eternally tortured. It was hard for him to look into people's eyes.'

3. She was told her career was 'over' after performing 'Like a Virgin' for the first time.
When her shoe fell off during the show, she tried to get it back. 'I just dove for [my shoe] on the ground, my dress went up and my butt was showing....and I didn't know my skirt was up. So I proceeded to sing the song laying down on the ground. I was just making the best of a situation, which is what I do,' Madonna said. 'After I got off stage, my manager was white as a ghost. He looked at me and he said, 'Do you know what you just did?' I looked at him and I said, 'Yeah, I lost my shoe onstage.' And he was like, 'No, your butt was showing for the entire song.' And he looked at me and he said, 'Your career is over.''

4. She dumped artist Jean-Michel Basquiat beause of his heroin addiction.
Recalling her relationship with the late artist in the '80s, Madonna said, 'We always think we can fix people and we can't....just change yourself.' After the pop singer ended their relationship, Basquiat demanded his ex return all the paintings he'd given to her as gifts. 'I loved him,' she recalled. 'When I broke up with him he made me give them all back to him, and then he painted over all of them black.'

5. She no longer does drugs.
'I tried some ecstasy in the '80s, but I felt so ill for so many days after taking it. It wasn't worth it,' she explained. Madonna doesn't smoke marijuana, either, saying she's not an 'herbalist' and never will be. She does drink alcohol on occasion, however. 'I'm pretty fun when I'm drunk,' the Grammy winner said.

From E! Online

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BBC Radio 1 comment on Madonna's 'Living for Love'

There's been a bit of a media storm surrounding Madonna over the last couple of days, and it's not down to the outfit she wore at this year's Grammy awards.

Instead it's been about her music, her age and whether she's been banned from the Radio 1 playlist.

The singer, 56, has a new album out, Rebel Heart, and the first official single is called Living for Love.

But Radio 1 says age has nothing to do with tracks not being playlisted.

Earlier this week, the station's Facebook page was flooded with messages urging the network to play Living for Love as part of the station's 10-Minute Takeover feature.

The fans, many from South America, accused the network of being 'discriminatory'.

Jordan, 24 and from Manchester, got in touch with Newsbeat to say he loves radio and "can't believe that Radio 1 has snubbed a song like 'Living for Love'.

'I think there's a massive problem when it comes to radio playing, particularly, female singers over a certain age,' he says.

'If this song had been recorded by someone younger, it would have had a lot more airplay by now. Madonna's a musical icon and as shown by her recent Grammy performance, she's just as relevant as any other recording artist out there right now.'

There are several playlists run by Radio 1, including In New Music We Trust, and the tracks on it are published every week on the station's website.

In a statement, Radio 1 says: 'The tracks are chosen on musical merit and their relevance to our young audience on a case-by-case basis, and while 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.'

But Radio 1 bosses say this track didn't make the cut.

Newsbeat has occasionally been invited to sit in on the Radio 1 playlist meeting, which comprises the music team, production teams and of course - lunch.

It's a meeting that can go on for up to four hours, with in-depth discussions about songs, the audience and 'musical merit'.

From BBC Newsbeat


'Living For Love' Finally off to good start at U.S. Radio!

Thanks to a big Valentine’s Day push, Madonna’s 'Living for Love' now registers as one of the fifty most-played songs at pop radio.

The song, which made an underwhelming pop radio impact last week, registers at #49 on Monday’s edition of the rolling Mediabase pop radio chart.

That #49 position is attributable to the 427 spins 'Living for Love' received between February 9 and 15. Reports indicate that 205 of those spins came on Valentine’s Day.

Whether this weekend’s airplay represents an anomaly or the beginning of a momentum swing remains to be seen, but it certainly breeds some optimism for those discouraged by previous status reports.

Per last week’s Mediabase add board, only fifteen monitored stations added 'Living for Love' in conjunction with its official radio impact (and on the heels of its Grammy Awards showcase).

That it had gained virtually no traction ahead of its official impact date - Mediabase says it only received 10 pop radio spins during the week between February 2 and 8 despite its weeks of pre-impact buzz and availability–provided further reason to doubt the extent to which radio programmers were 'Living for Love.'

If audiences reacted favorably to the song they started to hear more frequently over Valentine’s Day weekend, that could change.

From HeadlinePlanet.com - thanks to Micheal


Request Madonna's Luvin' on US Radio

Madonna’s Give Me All Your Luvin’ is currently at #3 on Top 5 at 9 with Ryan Seacrest on both i-Heart Radio Stations Z100 (XM Station 12) and KIIS FM (XM Station 11).

Here is the link to request for the song on i-Heart Radio. Your vote will count towards both stations. Please spread the word to other fans so the song will get more airplay: www.z100.com/pages/info/request

Thanks to Didier


Fun Radio to become the Madonna station in France

Yesterday Fun Radio announced that they will become the radio partner of Madonna in France. An interview with Madonna will air on the station on Friday 04 December at 18:00. They will also launch a web radio station entirely dedicated to Madonna as of Monday 07 December.

Fun Radio will be promoting Celebration by putting the new Celebration remix by Akon and Revolver remix by David Guetta on rotation.
Madonna has made a television spot to announce the new partnership (see screen captures below) which can be viewed online at www.ozap.com/madonna


Radio: 30 at 50

Fans who missed the broadcast of the BBC Radio 2 show 30 at 50 have until tomorrow (Tuesday 06 January) to catch up with the show on the BBC iPlayer via www.bbc.co.uk/radio2

madonnalicious reader Mandi caught the show and had this to say about it:

Just thought I'd mention that I listened to this show which was actually very good. The programme featured interviews with other stars talking (postively) about Madonna, archive news footage and interesting archive interviews with the lady herself (including Madonna reading some Winnie The Pooh in 1995).

If you can't listen to the whole show here's Madonna's Top 30 Best Selling singles in the UK based on official figures as featured on the show (in reverse order):

#30 - Dress You Up
#29 - Hanky Panky
#28 - Justify My Love
#27 - Causing A Commotion
#26 - Dear Jessie
#25 - Ray Of Light
#24 - This Used To Be My Playground
#23 - Erotica
#22 - Live To Tell
#21 - Gambler
#20 - Borderline
#19 - You'll See
#18 - Don't Cry For Me Argentina
#17 - Who's That Girl
#16 - American Pie
#15 - Material Girl
#14 - Music
#13 - 4 Minutes
#12 - La Isla Bonita
#11 - Vogue
#10 - Frozen
#9 - Beautiful Stranger
#8 - Like A Prayer
#7 - Hung Up
#6 - True Blue
#5 - Papa Don't Preach
#4 - Crazy For You
#3 - Holiday
#2 - Like A Virgin
#1 - Into The Groove


UK Radio: 30 at 50

UK radio station BBC Radio 2 is featuring Madonna in the 30 at 50 series - the show will be broadcast tomorrow (Tuesday 30 December) at 2:00pm.

Madonna is now 50 years old. Simon Mayo counts down her 30 biggest selling singles in the UK and other music stars discuss her enduring appeal and their favourite Madonna songs.

International fans can listen online tomorrow at www.bbc.co.uk/radio2

Thanks to Mandi


Madonna on the Top 250 of CKOI

Canadian radio station CKOI have compiled their Top 250 songs of all time and Madonna is featured seven times on the chart.

#35 - Vogue
#56 - Holiday
#71 - Like A Prayer
#76 - Hung Up
#103 - 4 Minutes
#151 - La Isla Bonita
#197 - Music

To read the full Top 250 chart visit www.ckoi.com/top250 - and don't forget fans can still vote for Miles Away on CKOI at www.ckoi.com/6a6

Thanks to Pascal


Madonna Top 20 on Phoenix FM

The results of an online poll by Phoenix FM to find the Madonna Top 20 were revealed on the radio last Saturday but a full list of the songs voted for (156 in total) are listed online at www.phoenixfm.com/top20-madonna

#1 - Vogue - 1327 pts
#2 - Like A Prayer - 1219 pts
#3 - Hung Up - 854 pts
#4 - Into The Groove - 744 pts
#5 - Express Yourself - 680 pts
#6 - Frozen - 650 pts
#7 - Give It 2 Me - 563 pts
#8 - Ray Of Light - 538 pts
#9 - 4 Minutes - 463 pts
#10 - Holiday - 458 pts
#11 - Music - 454 pts
#12 - La Isla Bonita - 448 pts
#13 - Live To Tell - 442 pts
#14 - Deeper And Deeper - 440 pts
#15 - Erotica - 435 pts
#16 - Get Together - 395 pts
#17 - Borderline - 388 pts
#18 - Like A Virgin - 376 pts
#19 - Papa Don't Preach - 331 pts
#20 - Beat Goes On - 296 pts


World record smashed....all for Madonna!

Australian radio station Nova 919's pseudo-German Hans is a devoted Madonna fan and will do anything to get a personal birthday wish to the Queen of Pop. That 'anything' culminated in him breaking the Guinness World Record for Marathon Accordion playing last Thursday. Not only that, but he broke it by playing Madonna songs ONLY.
That was no mean feat as he was not allowed to repeat a song a four hour time block and he played for 29 hours 30 minutes and 17 seconds! Let's just say, Madonna's full catalogue of work was explored. Hans' attempt to break the record and grab Madonna's attention even made it as a story on to Today Tonight.
Nova 919 know that Madonna is an outrageously busy woman, but they are doing everything they can to make her aware of this story in the hopes of an acknowledgement from her - even just a sentence - it would answer Hans' (and everyone at Nova 919) prayers!

The full story detailing his 29 hours 30 minute on the accordion can be found at: www.nova919.com.au


Request Give It 2 Me on Open House Party

Open House Party is a national radio show in the USA that airs on more than 155 radio stations simultaneously every weekend.
Getting Give It 2 Me played on this show would give the song huge radio exposure and might be the extra push that the song needs to become a hit and get played by Clear Channel and all of the stations that are still playing 'wait and see' with it.

Requests for Open House Party need to be emailed to requests@openhouseparty.com and/or people can call them in at 1-800-669-1010.

Thanks to Chad


Austrian Fans Wanted!

Rayna from Austrian radio has sent out this plea for Austrian Madonna fans:

Got an altar devoted to madonna in your bedroom/living room? Posters on the walls? You own each and every CD, DVD, video? You'd spend a small fortune and fly hundreds of kilometres just to see Madonna live (except for this year, since madonna's coming to Austria)! You would name your first born 'Madonna' even if it was a boy? Got a Madonna tattoo on your chest, arm or no-no place? You think madonna's the greatest artist ever?

Please contact us - even if you're not as extreme as described above ;-) We're doing a radio story and are looking for (male and female) hardcore Madonna fans in Austria who are not afraid to talk into a microphone! What's in it for you? No money, I'm afraid, but the chance to let the whole world know how grand Madonna is - and isn't that something? We're looking forward to hearing from you! Email us at rayna@chello.at


Requesting 4 Minutes on Sirius Satellite Radio

Fans can request 4 Minutes on USA Sirius Satellite Radio, and here is how everyone can easily request the song:

Call 877-337-4748
Press 1 when Sirius answers.
Press 1 when it asks for the channel you want (Channel 1 is the Top 40 channel).
When it asks, press 1 again to make a request.
Enter 623 to request Madonna.
Press 1 to confirm and then leave them a nice message if you want.

Thanks to Jason


Madonna on Washington D.C Radio

Madonna called into Washington D.C.'s WPGC 95.5 R&B/Hip-Hop radio station this morning just after 8:00am in a 10-minute interview with Donnie Simpson during his morning show to discuss the new album Hard Candy, her children, and her work with Malawi.
Madonna, who interviewed as she ate lunch in London, was not shy as she talked during some portions with a mouth full of food. She was very vibrant as she discussed her discontent with the media continuously calling every album effort as another 're-invention' when, as she put it, 'I'm just doing me.'
Madonna also gave praise to Timbaland and Pharrell on their work with the new album, and how she knew that 4 Minutes was going to be an instant hit, although Miles Away was the first collaboration she did, and how she hoped that it would also be a future single.
On Lourdes, she described her as being '11 going on 19' and that she's 'finally discovered boys.' When asked if she planned on touring, Madonna confirmed 'late summer' and joked, 'I guess that means we should start rehearsing now?' and made mention of her thoughts on how she will top herself with the next tour.

The interview can be streamed online at www.wpgc955.com

Thanks to CHARMAR


More radio interviews for Madonna

On Friday Madonna was featured on more US syndicated radio stations being interviewed about her upcoming Hard Candy album.

From Jason:
Madonna did a great radio interview with Kidd Kraddick this morning. Kidd is based in Dallas, TX but syndicated all over the US in 100 or so markets. You can listen to the audio by going to: www.kiddlive.com and clicking on 'Listen in the kPod'.

From Ryan:
Madonna interviewed on a Phoenix radio station, a link to the station site is: www.1047kissfm.com - it's on the big screen immediately on the left on the page, wait for it to go to her, or click on the 5th little box on the bottom.

From Trina:
Fernando and Greg interviewed Madonna this morning on San Francisco's Energy 92.7. To hear the interview in full you can go to their MySpace page at www.myspace.com/fernandoandgreg and click on Madonna interview.


4 Minutes US Radio Update

At b104 FM in Allentown, Pa, 4 Minutes is featured in a 'love it or leave it' section with 88% of the listeners voting Love It!

At Electric 94.9 FM in Bristol, Tn, 4 Minutes is #5 on the interactive 9 at 9 countdown.

At Candy FM in Texas, 4 Minutes has been voted 'favorite new song' with 67% of the votes!

At 103.7 FM in Springfield, Illinois, 4 Minutes is now #1 on the 'most wanted' countdown!

At 100.7 FM in Terra Haute, Indiana, 4 Minutes climbs 3 spots to #4 on the hot 9 at 9. Vote now at www.1007mixfm.com

At b94 FM in Pittsburgh, Pa, 4 Minutes holds steady at #3 on the top 8 at 8. Lets push her to #1 at www.b94.com

At hits106 FM in Kearney, Nebraska, 4 Minutes climbs one spot to #2 on the top 9 at 9. Vote at www.kqky.com

At 104.5 FM in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 4 Minutes is now in the top 10 of that stations actual playlist in it's second week!

4 Minutes is also in the top 10 playlist at wild104 FM in Harlington, Texas.

Madonna's image and/or name appeared on over 30 radio website home pages today. There are references to her recent endorsement deals, her future record breaking 37 top tens, her kiss with Britney, and her recent interviews with certain Radio Personalities as well as links to her new song 4 Minutes. The Queen has rightfully returned to her radio throne!

Thanks to Kevin


Madonna plans to save Britney and tour this fall

Madonna wants the media to leave Britney Spears alone.
'They need to step off,' she told the 'Yo on E!' satellite radio show. 'For real....Let's go save her.'
Madonna, 49, said her daughter, Lourdes, 11, feels the same way.
'She knows Britney, (but) she doesn't really watch TV or read gossip stuff,' the pop star said in the interview. 'I think she sort of gets the drift of what's going on, and I think she feels very protective of Britney.'
Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie have a son, Rocco, 7, and are raising a Malawian boy they want to adopt.
'He's the life of the party,' she said of David, who she brought home from Africa in 2006. 'He loves music, he's an amazing dancer....He's a character.'
She said caring for David is no different from her raising her biological children: 'I thought it was gonna be, but it feels the same to tell you the truth.'
As for speculation that her marriage is on the rocks, Madonna said: 'It is ridiculous....I don't pay much attention to it.'
The singer's spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg recently dismissed media reports that the Ritchies have split up, saying they 'remain happily married.' Rosenberg said that Madonna and filmmaker Ritchie, 39, were 'joyfully back together at home in London' after living in separate countries for work purposes.
Madonna, whose new album 'Hard Candy' arrives April 29, told 'Yo on E!' that she plans to spend the summer in New York, and that she might kick off a tour this fall.

From AP Via Yahoo! News


Highlights of the Z100 radio interview

She may be heading out on tour in the fall – but don't expect to hear Madonna sing some of her biggest hits ever again.
'I'm not sure I can sing 'Holiday' or 'Like A Virgin' ever again,' the singer tells New York's Z100-FM in an interview scheduled to air Friday. 'I just can't – unless somebody paid me like $30 million or something. [Like if] some Russian guy wants me to come to the wedding he's going to have to a 17-year-old, you know it.'
As she prepares to release her latest album, Hard Candy, on April 29, Madonna also opens up about the music business ('Playing live is not something that people focus on very much,' she says) and why she gave Justin Timberlake that now-infamous B-12 shot in the rear end.

On Justin and the Shot:
'First of all, I've seen enough butt....The reason I gave him a B-12 [shot] is because we only had a certain amount of days in the studio and I didn't want him to use that as a lame-ass excuse not to come to work. Okay? It's got nothing to do with butt. I promise you. Listen, I don't need to give him a shot to see his butt. Duh.'
On Britney Spears's New Record:
'I actually love Britney Spears's new album....I usually work out to her record. I do a combination of pilates and dance aerobics.'
On Her Chances If She Were On American Idol:
'I went to a lot of auditions for musical theater and conventional mainstream things - and I always got cut immediately. So I'm pretty sure the same thing would happen to me.'

From People.com - thanks to DanDAN