Kylie Minogue in New York over the weekend
The BBC has had something of a change of heart when it comes to playlisting Kylie Minogue’s latest hit single.
Kylie is currently riding a wave of her success thanks to her song Padam Padam, which last week became her first solo top 10 in over a decade.
Despite its high chart placement, and its popularity with both fans and critics, Radio 1 had previously declined to playlist the track, playing it on air only a handful of times compared to other mainstream stations in the UK.
Many music fans have suggested this is due to the fact the Grammy-winning singer is now in her mid-50s, with the BBC clarifying how its playlists were put together over the weekend.
However, on Tuesday evening it was revealed that Padam Padam would be added to the Radio 1 C-List this Friday, which Kylie herself celebrated on Twitter.
— Kylie Minogue (@kylieminogue) June 20, 2023
And fans were every bit as excited as the chart-topping singer to hear the news:
🚨 WE WON! 🚨
This is Kylie Minogue's first single to be playlisted on BBC Radio 1 since 'Get Outta My Way' in 2010. https://t.co/vpb22Nahwz
— Kylie.TWST | fan account (@KylieTWST) June 20, 2023
We are in a new golden age: Kylie, Shania, and Madonna are all on the Radio 1 playlist
— 10 years, no geomancer, how come yoshi p? (@RyneIsMean) June 20, 2023
FINALLY they wake up! 🙌🏻
— ADRIAN CLARKSON (@adrianclarkson) June 20, 2023
— Dan Orszewski (@dan2die4) June 20, 2023
About Padam time!
— David (@TheAloofPoof) June 20, 2023
Radio 1 have playlisted Kylie Minogue ❤️ Padam Padam ❤️ pic.twitter.com/eQWHeVrvos
— Andrew McBride (@andrewmcb) June 20, 2023
Everyone: “But Radio 1 never playlists female artists over…”
Kylie Ann Minogue: “Hold my glass of Kylie prosecco rosé…” https://t.co/dvvxrRtTWR
— Nick Levine (@mrnicklevine) June 20, 2023
— Dannii Minogue (@DanniiMinogue) June 21, 2023
HuffPost UK has contacted the BBC for comment.
A Radio 1 spokesperson previously 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.”
Kylie Minogue performing at KTUphoria over the weekend
They said at the time: “Tracks are chosen on musical merit and their relevance to our young audience on a case-by-case basis and while around 40 per cent of the country’s 15 to 29-year-olds tune in to Radio 1 each week, an artist’s age is never a factor.”