BBC Radio 1Xtra Reveals Power List 2014

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BBC Radio 1Xtra Reveals Power List 2014

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BBC Radio 1Xtra has revealed their 2014 power list of the most influencial UK urban musicians during the last year.

1Xtra DJ’s and music industry experts helped put together the top twenty list, which will no doubt leave the public debating as to how accurate it truly is…

The full list is as followed,

  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

As to why Ed Sheeran is number one, presenter Yasmin Evans commented saying…

”Having JUST his music in mind and disregarding anything else that we may have considered for other artists there is SO much power in what he produces & writes that this alone holds so much power.”

Ed Sheeran’s latest album ‘x‘ is currently enjoying its third week at number in the UK album charts.

However as a radio station that majority supports urban music, Ed’s placing has caused controversy with both the public and fellow UK musicians.

Rapper Wiley (who is number sixteen on the list) quickly took to Twitter with a number of tweets saying,

“We influence a man and all of a sudden it turns he has influenced us… Lol (laugh out loud)… England music industry is backwards. God bless those who try tho (sic)… People think i am mad. I am not mad i can just see skull duggery from miles away… We have been bumped basically. Not taking anything away from ed… he is sick. but black artist in england we are getting bumped.

However I believe we should all look at the bigger picture regarding this list.

So many of these musicians have become internationally acclaimed and well known artists that it is no surprise that 1Xtra have included them on their list.

They are all in one way or another proudly representing the UK music scene on both a national and international scale.

In many ways we should look at this list as a celebration and not try to focus too much on issues of race and what/who is representing UK urban music in todays ever changing industry.

What do you think? Tell us in the comment box below

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Article By:  Grant Savage

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