Rita Ora praises Madonna for taking on Radio 1

'The Voice' judge takes to Instagram to hail the Queen Of Pop

Rita Ora has praised Madonna for going on the offensive against Radio 1 after the singer accused the station of ageism.

The Queen Of Pop became embroiled in a war of words with the station earlier this year.

The station has not playlisted her current single ‘Living For Love’, a move that saw the singer criticise the station.


Radio 1 have consistently denied refusing to playlist artists on the grounds of age, but Madonna has said the decision not to give airtime to the song is “discriminatory.”

Ora has now taken to Instagram to applaud the singer. She wrote:


Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills backed the station’s decision to not playlist the single.

Speaking to The Mirror, 40 year old Mills said: “I don’t actually mind the new single. But do I think Radio 1 should play it? Probably not.”

Explaining his reasoning, Mills said that the age of Madonna fans – as opposed to the singer herself – were behind the decision: “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.”


Mills response comes after Radio 1 issued its own reply to Madonna’s ageism claims. The station recently said that they “do not ever ban artists” and that “Tracks are chosen on musical merit and relevance to our young audience. An artist’s age is never a factor.”