Ed Sheeran, the most influential man in black and urban music: BBC faces ridicule after singer tops poll for 1Xtra station
- BBC list named the 'most important UK artists in black and urban music'
- Three of the chosen top four are white, including Disclosure and Sam Smith
- Rapper Wiley said it showed black artists in England were being 'bumped'
- BBC said 1XtraPowerList chosen on quality of music and not colour of skin
03:23 GMT, 14 July 2014
10:36 GMT, 14 July 2014
A BBC power list has named white singer Ed Sheeran as the most important act in black and urban music.
1XtraPowerList - which has been called the 'saddest list in history' by
one black artist - put 23-year-old Sheeran in the top spot, while
another two white acts were placed in the top four.
The highest-placed black artist in the list - which was billed by the BBC as showcasing 'the most important UK artists in the black and urban music scene' - was rapper Tinie Tempah.
The BBC has been criticised after singer Ed
Sheeran was named in radio station 1Xtra's power list as the most
important act in the black and urban music scene
He came third below white brothers
Guy and Howard Lawrence, from the band Disclosure, while Sam Smith, a
middle-class white singer, was put in fourth place by the panel of
Other white artists in the list include Jessie J and Katy B.
Rapper Wiley, who was placed
16th out of 20 on the list, tweeted afterwards that the list showed
black artists in England were getting 'bumped'.
said: 'We have been bumped basically. Not taking anything away from
ed... he is sick. But black artist in england we are getting bumped.
THE 'SADDEST LIST IN MUSIC HISTORY'?
1. Ed Sheeran
3. Tinie Tempah
4. Sam Smith
6. Emeli Sande
7. Naughty Boy
8. Katy B
9. Krept & Konan
10. Fuse ODG
11. Boy Better Know
12. Rita Ora
13. Lethal Bizzle
14. DJ Fresh
15. Jessie J
18. Laura Mvula
19. Wretch 32
20. Dizzee Rascal
But the BBC told The Independent
the list was chosen on the artists' 'quality of music' and 'impact
across the wider industry', and was 'not about the colour of someone's
critical tweet comes after claims by the frontman of indie band Bloc
Party that 1Xtra and other radio stations - which were originally
created to showcase black music - were instead switching to more
article for Vice website, Kele Okereke criticised 1Xtra for axing DJs
Robbo Ranks and CJ Beatz, while keeping more club-oriented presenters
due to 'budget cuts'.
He said the UK had 'an issue with racism that we are unwilling to address'.
He said that was reflected in black British culture in general but also in negative attitudes towards black British music.
But a BBC spokesman defended the order of the list and said it was not compiled based on skin colour.
spokesman said: 'The purpose of ‘1Xtra’s Power List’ was to compile a
top 20 list of the most important UK artists from the last 12 months
relevant to the 1Xtra audience.
1Xtra audience were invited to submit their suggestions for the list,
and a panel consisting of industry experts and 1Xtra DJs met last week
to discuss who should make it to the top 20.
were considered on a number of variables such as sales statistics, plus
more subjective areas like the quality of music and impact across the
wider industry - it is not about the colour of someone’s skin.
we know that every list is open to discussion, Radio 1Xtra is a station
that cares deeply about black and urban music and has always been
committed to supporting new and developing artists, especially those
from the UK.'
Breakfast host Twin B, added: 'This is the first year of 1Xtra’s Power
List -which was about celebrating and finding out the top 20 most
successful & important UK artists from the last 12 months relevant
to the 1Xtra audience.
Rapper Wiley - who was number 16 in the list - said it showed showed black artists in England were getting 'bumped'
Wiley was critical of the list and called it the 'saddest list in music history'
'The list itself is not about race at all.
just so happens that Ed, an artist I’ve supported on 1Xtra since 2011
has topped the list in the first year due to his current phenomenal
success and popularity with our audience.
'If the list had existed over
the past three years I think the likes of Wretch 32, Emeli Sande and
Tinie Tempah would have easily topped the bill.'
Austin Daboh, music manager at 1Xtra, told the Independent: 'We are a station that cares very deeply about black music.
'From Stylo G to Fekky these are all acts that were played, supported and guided by 1Xtra, often before anyone else cared.'
Other artists in the list included Emeli Sande, Rita Ora, Dizzee Rascal and Laura Mvula.
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