The ‘Power List‘ (1Xtra’s Power List’ – The Top 20 Most Important UK Artists In The Scene) was created with suggestions from the station’s listeners, before a panel of BBC 1Xtra DJs and “industry experts” voted and came up with the final 20 below .
The full BBC Radio 1Xtra Power List is as follows:
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
20. Dizzee Rascal
First of all the HMV website has now “amended” the article’s title.
The original title was:
Spot the difference.
Anyway, what is the motive behind creating a list of this nature?
There seems to be this active push to change the face of black music and to totally erase black artists from a genre that they are responsible for creating (especially within the UK music industry).
Then you have black people working behind the scenes who should be part of the solution but actually, SURPRISE SURPRISE, become part of the problem when they too actively encourage the “facelift”.
Read: Is Black Music Being Erased? No It’s Just Evolving by Austin Daboh, music manager at BBC Radio 1Xtra.
So that is what we are calling the shift now “evolving?” Nonsense!
Admittedly I have liked some of Ed Sheeran’s past work which fuses the genres of Folk, Rock, Pop and Hip Hop together. But in no way does this mean he is the most important in the black music scene. That is bordering on offensive.
Furthermore how did Disclosure make it on to this list? What is so great and important about two middle class 90s babies from Surrey, rehashing the exact sounds (in particular Garage music) from the late 1990s and early noughties? I fail to understand why this would be considered ‘important’.
Sorry, but anyone born around or after the time I sat my GCSE exams should not have been allowed/invited to discuss such a controversial matter.
In conclusion, those of us who are clued up and refuse to walk around with our eyes closed saw this coming years ago.
Good question Ed, what does this all mean???
Your thoughts please….