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Sean Penn

Madonna and a cruel fact of life

Madonna and a cruel fact of life

Madonna has been dissed, and she is not happy. The 56-year-old proclaimed Queen of Pop, with more record sales than any woman in history, received a distinctly unroyal reception by the British radio station BBC Radio 1, which recently banished her latest single, "Living For Love," from its playlist. Every generation has its own music and its own musical royalty, and the British, above all, are especially protective of the royal line of succession. Apparently Madonna's devoted subjects are too old for BBC 1, which deemed Her Royal Highness "irrelevant" to its audience. Madonna calls the decision "discriminatory and unfair," a clear case of ageism. The...