Ed Sheeran tops 1Xtra power list by industry experts

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran has topped BBC Radio 1Xtra's power list.

The list features a top 20 of some of the most important UK artists on the current black and urban music scene.

Rita Ora, Lethal Bizzle, Jessie J and Dizzee Rascal all feature alongside artists including DJ Fresh, Wiley and Naughty Boy.

1Xtra listeners submitted suggestions via Twitter and Facebook over who should make the final list.

The final order was the decided by a panel of 1Xtra DJs and industry experts, chaired by 1Xtra breakfast presenters Twin B and Yasmin Evans.

Disclosure
Image caption Disclosure's debut album Settle was nominated for the 2013 Mercury Prize

Disclosure came second in the list.

The pair, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, grew up in Reigate in Surrey.

The electro-dance duo have been releasing music since late 2010 but it wasn't until 18 months ago when their work picked up significant interest.

Tinie Tempah was third on the power list.

Tinie Tempah
Image caption Tinie Tempah's real name is Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu

In November 2013 he released his second album called Demonstration.

The singles Trampoline and Children of the Sun debuted at number three and six in the UK singles chart.

He recently played the Wireless festival in London and Birmingham.

Sam Smith
Image caption Sam Smith was named the 2014 Brits Critics' Choice Award winner and topped the BBC Sound of 2014 poll

Fourth on the list was Sam Smith. He first featured on Disclosure's breakthrough single Latch in October 2012 which peaked at number eleven on the UK chart.

His subsequent feature on Naughty Boy's La La La earned him his first number one single on the singles chart in May 2013.

Rudimental were fifth on the 1Xtra power list and are one of four groups to be named
Image caption Rudimental were fifth on the 1Xtra power list and are one of four groups to be named

The top 10 also includes Emeli Sande and Katy B, whose second album Little Red went to number one.

Emeli Sande
Image caption Emeli Sande, who came sixth on the list, is the highest placing female act on the list

Over all the list is made up of eleven males artists, five females and four groups.

1Xtra's Power List top 20:

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

The BBC Radio 1Xtra Breakfast Show is on-air between 0600 and 1000 Monday-Friday.

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