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Dizzee Rascal track removed from official coronation playlist due to assault conviction

By | Published on Tuesday 7 February 2023

Dizzee Rascal

A Dizzee Rascal track has been removed from a Spotify playlist put together by the British government due to the rapper’s conviction last year for assault. The playlist has been created by the Department For Digital, Culture, Media And Sport to mark the upcoming coronation of King Charles.

When published yesterday, the Coronation Celebration Playlist included ‘Dance Wiv Me’, Dizzee Rascal’s 2008 collaboration with Calvin Harris. However, the DCMS has now said that the song was included “in error” and has been removed.

“The playlist has been created to celebrate British and Commonwealth artists ahead of the upcoming coronation”, says a spokesperson for DCMS in a statement. “A track featuring Dizzee Rascal was included in error and as soon as this was identified it was removed”.

Dizzee Rascal – real name Dylan Mills – was convicted in March last year of assaulting his former fiancée Cassandra Jones. He then lost an appeal against that decision last week.

With ‘Dance Wiv Me’ removed, having apparently been added entirely by accident, the inclusion of the remaining 27 songs on the playlist is seemingly less controversial (depending on your personal view of some of the artists, I guess).

It is a very confusing collection of songs though, with no obvious indication for why many of them have been chosen to celebrate the crowning of a new king.

The coronation isn’t due to take place until May, so perhaps if we all listen to the playlist enough before then, one of us will work out the thematic link. Or maybe spot other as yet unnoticed controversies that could get the whole thing ultimately reduced to no tracks.

Listen to the Coronation Celebration Playlist here: