Robbie Williams to Radio 1: ‘Play Madonna and I’ll break your legs’

Singer responds to his new single being banned from airplay

Robbie Williams is magnanimous about Radio 1’s decision not to play his new single ‘Candy’, which reached Number One on Sunday (November 4), but he has joked he will head down to the station and “break their legs” if they play Coldplay or Madonna.

Yesterday (November 5), a spokesperson for Radio 1 told The Sun: “Radio 1 see it not as a question of age, but of relevance. They think there are acts more appropriate to their target audience of 15-29.”

Yesterday evening, Williams was switching on the Christmas lights on London’s Oxford Street. Speaking to Metro, the singer said he was not looking to get revenge on the station. “It’s not really about having the last laugh. Radio 1 goes through the government. The government’s given them a remit to appeal to 17- to 24-year-olds, obviously I don’t fit in to that and that’s OK,” he said, going on to praise the station for their support through the years.

He then joked: “Nothing’s personal, it’s not a vendetta against Robbie Williams, but they better not play Coldplay or Madonna or I’ll break their legs.”

Meanwhile, Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw has spoken out in support of the station’s decision. “To 13- and 14-year-olds he’s not relevant… they’ve got One Direction. I liked Take That when I was little but I’m not little any more,” Grimshaw told Channel 5 News.