UK Antics: Ed Sheeran Tops BBC 1Xtra ‘Power List’ (Video)

Most influential in black music Ed Sheeran

So according to HMV.comBBC 1Xtra singer Ed Sheeran is the ‘most influential artist in contemporary urban music’

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
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
20. Dizzee Rascal

First of all the HMV website has now “amended” the article’s title.

The original title was:

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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.

Hahahahahahaha.

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….

11 replies »

  1. Just like you said, not surprised by all this and people should not be surprised if they had been looking at the discussion around Choice FM last year properly.

    But what is funny is looking at some of the people who were on the panel who are angry with the negative reaction on social media, i am sure 2 years ago they would of been the ones vex with the list before they became the chosen ones in all things “urban”?

  2. such a f”cking shame

    sad thing is tho, if we look at who has a big influence on young urban males n females, a lot of it is coming from chiraq, rihanna, beyonce etc

    where are the uk figureheads??????

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    F*CK ED SHEEERAN

    F*CK SAM SMITH

    TERRIBLE MUSIC… LOADS OF BLACK PEEPS OUT THERE DOING/CAN DO/HAVE DONE WHAT THEY DO

    BUT WONT GET A CHANCE AT THE RECORD DEALS OFFERED TO THESE F*CKING CULTURE VULTURES

    BLACK PEOPLE NEED TO F*CKING TAKE PRIDE IN OUR CULTURE AND BOMBARD THESE F*CKING STATIONS

    OR COLLECTIVELY PUT OUR MONEY TOGETHER AND FORM STATIONS THAT PLAY OUR MUSIC AND DONT UNDERVALUE THE ARTISTS WE HAVE

    NOT EVEN A RACE THING SPECIFICALY, SOMEONE LIKE KATY B IS EVIDENTLY FROM OUR CULTURE SO SHE GETS A PASS STRAIGHT AWAY

  3. Ladies and Gentleman, Nonsense like this makes me want to burn something down! WTF am I reading!!! For the confused, read the article and full twitter trail below, Michelle

    Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:02:24 +0000 To: michellebrooksdirect@hotmail.co.uk

  4. I have nothing against Ed Sheeran, but check this quote from one of the so called industry experts about him – “..there is SO much power in what he produces & writes that this alone holds so much power” – what a load of bullsh*t. I mean what kind of arbitrary reasoning is that

  5. In other words a new born baby influences it’s mother about life skills measured by how much cow & gate it’s got in the cupboard, what she helped purchase in the first place! DJ’s actually sat down and discussed this. The title shouldve been questioned and understood before they even formed an opinion. Ed hasn’t influenced black kids to look, talk, change attitude, act, make similar music like him on any level. Neither has he achieved this to urban music culture as they put it.

    Should be titled artists most influenced by black and urban music.

    or artists most successful due to black and urban support.

  6. Honestly, you’ think the BBC would have learned some lessons by now! I remember not that long ago they included a panda in a list of most influential women. http://www.theguardian.com/media/2011/dec/29/panda-row-bbc-top-women
    Janice
    From: Michelle Brooks Date: Saturday, 12 July 2014 15:13 To: MAD NEWS Cc: Avril Evans , Janice Turner , “ian.noah@firstlightsl.com” , “chester@cyfilmproductions.com” , Sharon Elliott Subject: RE: [New post] UK Antics: BBC 1Xtra Crowns Ed Sheeran The Most Influential Artist In Black Music
    Ladies and Gentleman,
    Nonsense like this makes me want to burn something down!
    WTF am I reading!!!
    For the confused, read the article and full twitter trail below,
    Michelle
    Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:02:24 +0000 To: michellebrooksdirect@hotmail.co.uk

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