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Interview: Radio 1’s Scott Mills talks ageing, Madonna and his new book.

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  1. I’m 23 years old and I’ve never understood ageism. To be honest I think Madonna is defying her age the best anybody can and looks fit and healthy doing it. Actually I know several people of my age and younger who love the music of Madonna and Michael Jackson, the other day I saw a teenager wearing an AC/DC t-shirt so I don’t agree with Scott Mills’ sweeping generalisation that all young people “don’t care” about Madonna. Maybe if Madonna had released better singles she would be getting more airplay. Give Me All Your Luvin’ was awful by her standards. To be honest I think it’s just another example of ageism rearing it’s ugly head.

    1. Suddenly Last Bummer 24 Sep 2012, 1:28pm

      I think the AC/DC t-shirt is a fashion statement rather than a musical statement. Topman is full of t-shirts of retro band imagery, I saw a Roxy Music t-shirt in there a while back (the Flesh & Blood album cover). I doubt any twink under 26 shopping in Topman knows who Roxy Music are. Likewise Nirvana and Guns’N’Roses t-shirts are ripe for appropriation at the moment. A quick peek at any of Madonna’s recent concert dvds will show an audience made up predominantly of men in their 30s and older and more than likely gay.

      1. Perhaps you have a point there but the fact remains that many young people listen to Michael Jackson, that is a fact. Who will be listening to Rihanna or Lady Gaga in ten years? Not a lot of people I bet. I think perhaps the fact that Madonna is alive doesn’t help, after all plenty of people who weren’t even alive when John Lennon and Kurt Cobain were at their peak claim to be fans of theirs..

        1. Suddenly Last Bummer 24 Sep 2012, 5:03pm

          I’m in total agreement re Gaga and Rihanna. Jacko dying when he did will secure his place as a legend. Madonna needs to either retire or be more selective about what she’s producing. She’s in danger of becoming like Cher.

  2. “Aging”? Really?

    he’s 37, for god’s sake. he’s still got more than half his life ahead of him. He’s barely been legal half of his life so far.

    And besides, honestly, who cares what the “all important 17 yr old” demographic wants/likes/cares about?

    To 17 yr olds, a 30 yr old is “old”.

    honestly, how superficial can one get?

  3. Why did the interviewer not ask Scot Millls about allegations of institutional homophobia at the BBC (as evidenced by its repeated defence of the homophobic DJ Chris Moyles).

    Why did the interviewer not ask Scott Mills whether he thought the LGBT audience gets value for money from their license fee?

    1. because we all know he wouldn’t be allowed to answer those questions and the fact that they were asked would be edited out of the interview.

  4. That There Other David 24 Sep 2012, 12:39pm

    37 “aging” now is it? Christ.

    1. Suddenly Last Bummer 24 Sep 2012, 1:29pm

      ……..”old man river, he just keep rollin’ along”…..

  5. Madonna is at the top of the world as her last album is the 6th world best selling album of 2012 and her tour the most popular of 2012 with 2.5 millions tickets sold and USD 300 millions of revenues.
    Above all, Madonna is hotter than hell.

  6. Madonna is actually bloody fantastic! im 17 i love her! her new stuff is as good as her old stuff she should recieve more air time and a whole lot more credit! why has everyone had to start putting down the most female singer on the planet!

    People should be pleased that at her age she is defying everybodys peoples beliefs about being ‘past it’ so why not be happy for her.

    I WENT TOO SEE THE MDNA WORL TOUR and it was the best night of my life!

  7. “If you ask a 17-year-old about [Madonna], they go ‘don’t care’… things change, it’s a generational thing. I like Madonna, does a 17-year-old?” – BBC Radio DJ

    You know what else 17 year olds don’t listen to: the radio.

  8. Any publicity to sell a book….

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