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Elton John, 69, says American radio stations are 'ageist'  Elton John, 69, says American radio stations are 'ageist' 
  •  British rock star Elton John says his latest album did not get any airtime in US
  •  In new biography, Captain Fantastic, he accused radio stations of being 'ageist'

Elton John has criticized American radio stations for not playing his music, claiming they are 'ageist'.

The British singer, who turns 70 later this month, brought out an album, Wonderful Crazy Night, last year but he said it was never played on the radio described it getting good reviews and being listed in Rolling Stone's 50 best albums of 2016.

The star had his first US number one in 1972 with Crocodile Rock but four years later he came out as bisexual to Rolling Stone magazine in an interview which temporarily resulted in him being dropped by some radio stations at the height of his career. 

But he bounced back and got a lot of airtime in the 1980s with songs like I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues, which reached number 4 in the US charts. 

 Elton John (pictured performing at the Apple Music Festival in London last year) said his music was ignored by most American radio stations

Elton John (pictured performing at the Apple Music Festival in London last year) said his music was ignored by most American radio stations

Heatstreet reported that in a new biography, Captain Fantastic by Tom Doyle, the star says: 'There comes a point where you have to admit that you're not gonna get played on the radio in America because it's ageist.

'There's a whole stream of different music come along now. And you have to face up to it.'

His last big hit in the US was the single Candle In The Wind, which surfed a wave of sentiment after the death of Princess Diana in 1997.

 Generation gap: Elton John (pictured, centre) with rapper Big Sean and model Karrueche Tran at his traditional post-Oscars party in Hollywood earlier this week

Generation gap: Elton John (pictured, centre) with rapper Big Sean and model Karrueche Tran at his traditional post-Oscars party in Hollywood earlier this week

He has released five albums since then - Songs from the West Coast, Peachtree Road, The Captain & the Kid, The Diving Board and Wonderful Crazy Night - but although he retains a small and devoted following, he bemoans the lack of airtime he gets.

The singer, whose official title is Sir Elton John, said his classics - I'm Still Standing and Your Song - still get played on the radio but he thinks it is a shame his newer music is overlooked.

Two years ago Madonna similarly cried foul over 'ageism', saying British radio stations were snubbing her new music. 


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