Ed Sheeran Named ‘Most Important Act In Black And Urban Music’, Wiley Goes Into Meltdown

Wiley is calling this the ‘saddest list in music history’.

Wiley has accused the BBC of producing ‘the saddest list in music history’ after their urban radio station 1Xtra revealed a ‘power list’ in which three of the top four acts were white.

The 1XtraPowerList promised to promote “the most important UK artists in the black and urban music scene”, and then listed Ed Sheeran (the son of an art lecturer who grew up in Framlingham, Suffolk) as its #1 pick.

Second place were white brothers Disclosure, fourth was white dude Sam Smith (the son of a City banker), and third was the highest-placed black artist on the list — Tinie Tempah.

Wiley was not pleased, because he felt that “the UK’s leading black music station” should be promoting actual black artists first and foremost.

What do we think – does Wiley have a point? Or is this just another one of his unnecessary Twitter freak outs? Ed Sheeran is one of the whitest guys who ever existed after all, would the BBC have known people were going to be a little bit baffled by this?

Here’s the full list from 1Xtra:

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


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