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Lily red with rage

Lily Allen has had a rant at some of the biggest names in music for giving their backing to illegal downloading, saying that if things carry on the way they are young talent won’t come through, and that only the super-rich will get anything out of it.

Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason and Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien recently wrote an article for The Times in which they put their support behind those who download music for free, but Allen was incensed by it, and launched into a very eloquent rant at the pair on her MySpace page.

‘These guys from huge bands said file-sharing music is fine. It probably is fine for them. They do sell-out arena tours and have the biggest Ferrari collections in the world,’ she said. ‘For new talent though, file-sharing is a disaster as it's making it harder and harder for new acts to emerge.

‘You don't start out in music with the Ferraris. Instead you get a huge debt from your record company, which you spend years working your a*** off to repay. When you manage to get a contract, all those pretty videos and posters advertising your album have to be paid for and, as the artist, you have to pay for them.

‘I've only just finished paying off all the money I owe my record company. I'm lucky that I've been successful and managed to pay it back, but not everyone's so lucky. The more difficult it is for new artists to make it, the less new artists you'll see and the more British music will be nothing but puppets paid for by Simon Cowell.’

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