Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Scherzinger left off Radio 1 again

Nicole Scherzinger has been left off BBC Radio 1's playlist for the second time in just over a year, despite her new single vying for the top spot in this week's charts.

The former X Factor judge, 36, is battling boyband Rixton to reach number one with Your Love, but according to the Daily Mirror, the 20-somethings, who fit into the station's demographic, are 12,000 sales ahead of her.

She also missed out on being playlisted with her last release, Boomerang, which also did well in the charts - in fact it was so successful, Capital FM reversed their earlier decision not to playlist it.

Previously, Radio 1 refused to playlist Robbie Williams' hit, Candy, which he released when he was 38, claiming it wasn't relevant to their target audience who are aged between 15 and 24.

A BBC Radio 1 spokesman said: "Each track is considered for the playlist based on its musical merit and whether it is right for our target audience, with decisions made on a case-by-case basis."

A source told the paper: "Nicole's single was discussed at the playlist meeting, but it wasn't considered a priority track.

"It's not personal against her - she has been a guest on Radio 1 and the track has been played - just not playlisted. Radio 1 plays a much wider range of artists than commercial radio - they largely concentrate on playing hits."

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