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    Posted: Jul 14 2014 at 7:38am

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

By Steph Cockroft

Published: 03:23 GMT, 14 July 2014 | Updated: 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.

The 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 1Xtras power list as the most important act in the black and urban music scene
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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 industry experts.

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'.

He said: 'We have been bumped basically. Not taking anything away from ed... he is sick. But black artist in england we are getting bumped. (sic)'

THE 'SADDEST LIST IN MUSIC HISTORY'?

1. Ed Sheeran
2. Disclosure
3. Tinie Tempah
4. Sam Smith
5. Rudimental
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
16. Wiley
17. Giggs
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 skin'.

Wiley’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 mainstream hits.

In an 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.

A 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.

'The 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.

'Artists 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.

'Whilst 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.'

1Xtra 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
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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

Wiley was critical of the list and called it the 'saddest list in music history'

'The list itself is not about race at all.

'It 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.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2691077/Ed-Sheeran-influential-man-black-urban-music-BBC-faces-ridicule-singer-tops-poll-1Xtra-station.html#ixzz37RiGVYDV
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ThoughtCouture Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul 14 2014 at 7:42am
are yt artist really that influential in "black"/urban music over there?????
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ThoughtCouture Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul 14 2014 at 7:45am
lmaoooooooo cherry!!!!!! btw i've never heard of any of those people. you all should start a uk urban music thread so we can be up on whats hot in the uk streets lol

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WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?!
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I don't know any of those people Ouch
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Ive heard of Tinie Tempah.
Thats it.
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I know a few but yeah
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I'm just shaking my head
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i know a couple of those names and out og the ones i know Ed Sheeran is the best of them all ....*shrugs*
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote Sang Froid Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul 14 2014 at 8:38am
Okay so I just listened to two Ed Sheeran songs....ummmm....what's black/urban about him?
He sounds like every other white dude with a guitar. 

I know three of the black people on that list. 
Come on now yall gotta know who Emeli Sande is. 
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