Robbie Williams banned from Radio 1

Singer's Number One single 'Candy' not "relevant" for 15-29 target audience, BBC says

Robbie Williams‘ comeback single ‘Candy’ has been banned from BBC Radio 1.

Williams scored his first Number One single in eight years in the UK Official Singles Chart this Sunday (November 4) with his track ‘Candy’. It is his seventh solo Number One, and 14th in total including his efforts with Take That.

However, bosses at Radio 1 have banned it from the radio, with the track not even making the C-list. It will instead be played on Radio 2. A spokesman for the station 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.”

Williams co-wrote ‘Candy’ with his bandmate and X Factor mentor Gary Barlow. Earlier last week, he told Radio 1’s Official Chart Update host, Greg James, that if the track didn’t claim the top spot come he was “going to stay in, look for UFOs and get fat and beardy again”.

The track became the fastest-selling single by a male artist this year after 137,000 copies were snapped up this week, according to the Official Charts Company.