Wiley hits out at BBC 1Xtra power list topped by Ed Sheeran Get Tickets

Rapper says UK music industry is backwards and black artists are being 'bumped'

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Wiley has criticised BBC 1Xtra's power list, which placed Ed Sheeran as the most-influential artist in contemporary and urban music.

The list was compiled by a panel of DJs on the station, which cites itself as "the UK's leading black music station", as well as other industry experts and was chaired by breakfast show presenters Twin B and Yasmin Evans, with initial suggestions made by 1Xtra listeners on social media sites.

Sheeran, whose second album 'X' is so far this year's biggest-selling album, topped the list, and was respectively followed by Disclosure, Tinie Tempah, Sam Smith and Rudimental in the top five. Wiley, who appears on the list at Number 16, claims it represents a "backwards" music industry in England. With regard to Sheeran, he tweeted: "We influence a man and all of a sudden it turns he has influenced us… Lol"

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