Robbie Williams 'gutted' Radio 1 won't play his singles
The singer was declared irrelevant to Radio 1's young audience earlier this year
Robbie Williams has said he is "gutted" that Radio 1 no longer plays his records.
The singer said: "I'm very ambitious. So when Radio 1 is taken away from you, a huge bit of your arsenal goes. It's your main oxygen to get your stuff out there."
His comments follow Radio 1's decision to pull his number one single "Candy" from its playlist last year.
Williams' latest single with Dizzee Rascal "Goin' Crazy", however, was played on the station.
Radio 1 breakfast DJ Nick Grimshaw previously said Williams, 39, was "not relevant" to the station's target audience of 15-29 year-olds.
Grimshaw told Five News: "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 anymore."
Williams, who is no stranger to controversy, later hit out at Radio 1's snub at the Sony Radio Awards.
He said on stage: "I did the Brits and started singing, 'Hey-ho, here we go' to a bunch of industry people and they were all like, f*** off, you're fat and you're old. And Radio 1 don't play you no more [sic] – you're fat and you're old."
Speaking today on Radio 4's Mastertapes programme, Williams admitted he was jealous of younger stars who are guaranteed airplay, including One Direction's Harry Styles.
"He's talented, he's good looking. He could have it away. And I'll be sat here saying 'damn him,'" he said.
He continued: "Everybody who's anybody has been competitive and over-sensitive and a bit silly.
"Look at Paul McCartney, look at Elton John. They're jealous of Justin Timberlake. I'm sure they were jealous of me when I was in my imperial phase."
Ben Cooper, Radio 1 controller, appointed Grimshaw as breakfast DJ last September in a bid to regain the station's appeal to 15-29 year olds, after the average age of its audience rose to 32.
Review: A panoramic account of the hacking scandalbooks
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Mystery of the Siberian holes at the end of the world 'solved': Scientists offer explanation
- 2 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness
- 3 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 4 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
- 5 Sean Hannity reacts to Russell Brand's Israel-Gaza criticism: 'You're a dumb actor known for your failed marriage to Katy Perry'
New Netflix releases: Films and TV shows coming in August 2014
The Walking Dead season 5 will see deaths of 'favourite characters', suggests Andrew Lincoln
Best movies on Netflix UK and US: 32 films that will end your endless scrolling
Coolio has sold his soul to Pornhub
Secret Cinema Back to the Future, review: Interactive cinema experience finally arrives
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
- < Previous
- Next >