BBC bosses have defended their decision to name singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran the most important artist in Britain's black and urban music scene.
The A Team hitmaker saw off competition from black artists including rapper Tinie Tempah and soul star Emeli Sande to top the Power List, which was compiled by a panel of experts for the BBC Radio 1Xtra station.
The list sparked a backlash among many fans and musicians, with rapper Wiley branding the U.K. music industry "backwards" and accusing the BBC of "skullduggery" for "bumping" black artists from the list.
BBC bosses have now responded to the criticism and defended their decision to pick Sheeran as the leading figure in the black music scene.
Austin Daboh, BBC Radio 1Xtra's music manager, says, "Every single day of the week, every single hour of the day we support black artists and other races that make black music sounds... I think that anyone who wants to bring race into the discussion is probably a little bit misguided."
Ed Sheeran's new album X has broken Spotify's weekly streaming record in Britain.
The British singer/songwriter's sophomore release has overtaken Daft Punk's Random Access Memories to score the highest number of online listens in the U.K. in a seven-day period.
Sheeran's X broke the 6.3 million mark during the first week after its debut on 23 June (14), exceeding Daft Punk's previous record of around 6.2 million.
X also became Britain's fastest selling album of 2014 last week (end28Jun14) after shifting 182,000 copies.
Taylor Swift stunned employees at a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania diner last week (19Jul13) when she handed them a $500 (£330) tip for agreeing to work extra hours for her. The Love Story singer called ahead and asked staff at Ralph's Italian Restaurant to keep the place open for her so she could grab a late bite - and they willingly agreed.
Swift, tour mates Austin Mahone and Ed Sheeran, her band members and entourage spent $800 (£530) on food and then she slapped down a huge tip before posing with waiters and waitresses for pictures.
The generous singer also handed chef Shawn Gallo two tickets for her Philadelphia show the following night (20Jul13).
The thrilled cook took to Twitter.com to share his good fortune, writing, "I called my mom to tell her Swift was there, and she wanted me to take a picture because she is a big fan. My son has autism, and while I'm at work my mom and my son love to listen to her music. He loves her music!"
The restaurant owners also took to Twitter to thank Swift for choosing to dine with them, writing, "Wed (we would) like 2thank @taylorswift13 @edsheeran @AustinMahone 4 coming in 4dinner last night! We hope u enjoyed everything (sic)!"
They also posted a shot of the trio posing with staff on their Twitter.com page.
The nominations for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards are out, and, surprise, Justin Timberlake is leading the pack. He and Macklemore both have the most nominations with six each, including Video of the Year. Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus are also up for a few awards each, and of course familiar faces like Rihanna and Drake are in the mix as well. The full list of nominees is below.
Video of the YearJustin Timberlake, "Mirrors"Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, "Thrift Shop"Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, "Blurred Lines"Taylor Swift, "I Knew You Were Trouble"
Best Hip Hop VideoMacklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, "Can't Hold Us"Drake, "Started From The Bottom"Kendrick Lamar, "Swimming Pools"A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, "F--kin' Problems"J. Cole feat. Miguel, "Power Trip"
Best Male VideoJustin Timberlake, "Mirrors"Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, "Blurred Lines"Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"Ed Sheeran, "Lego House"Kendrick Lamar, "Swimming Pools"
Best Female VideoRihanna feat. Mikky Ekko, "Stay"Taylor Swift, "I Knew You Were Trouble"Miley Cyrus, "We Can't Stop"Pink feat. Nate Ruess, "Just Give Me A Reason"Demi Lovato, "Heart Attack"
Best Pop VideoBruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"Fun., "Carry On"Miley Cyrus, "We Can't Stop"Selena Gomez, "Come and Get It"
Artist To Watch, Presented by Taco BellTwenty One Pilots, "Holding On To You"Zedd feat. Foxes, "Clarity"Austin Mahone, "What About Love"The Weeknd, "Wicked Games"Iggy Azalea, "Work"
Best CollaborationJustin Timberlake, feat. Jay-Z, "Suit & Tie"Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera, "Feel This Moment"Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding, "I Need Your Love"Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, "Blurred Lines"Pink feat. Nate Ruess, "Just Give Me A Reason"
Best Video With A Social MessageKelly Clarkson, "People Like Us"Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Same Love"Snoop Lion, "No Guns Allowed"Miguel, "Candles in the Sun"Beyoncé, "I Was Here"
Best Rock VideoImagine Dragons, "Radioactive"Fall Out Boy, "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)" Mumford & Sons, "I Will Wait"Thirty Seconds To Mars, "Up in the Air"Vampire Weekend, "Diane Young"
Best Art DirectionCapital Cities, "Safe and Sound"Thirty Seconds To Mars, "Up in the Air"Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu, "Q.U.E.E.N"Lana Del Rey, "National Anthem"Alt-J, "Tesselate"
Best ChoreographyChris Brown, "Fine China"Ciara, "Body Party"Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull, "Live It Up"will.i.am feat. Justin Bieber, "#thatPOWER"Bruno Mars, "Treasure"
Best CinematographyThirty Seconds To Mars, "Up in the Air"Lana Del Rey, "Ride"Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Sacrilege"Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, "Can't Hold Us"A-Trak & Tommy Trash, "Tuna Melt"
Best DirectionJustin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z, "Suit & Tie"Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, "Can't Hold Us"Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Sacrilege"Fun., "Carry On"Drake, "Started From The Bottom"
Best EditingPink feat. Nate Ruess, "Just Give Me A Reason"Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch, "Sweet Nothing"Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, "Can't Hold Us"Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"Miley Cyrus, "We Can't Stop"
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