Blondie’s Debbie Harry: ‘The internet has ruined the music industry’

Singer says that downloading songs has killed 'everything artists used to work for'

Blondie‘s Debbie Harry has said that the internet has ruined the music industry.

In an interview with BANG Showbiz, the singer claimed that downloading songs had destroyed “everything artists used to work for”, and also suggested that the industry had been in decline ever since people began to purchase audio cassettes instead of vinyl records.

Harry, who recently revealed that she would like to have achieved a similar level of superstardom to Beyonce, said:

The music industry is already ruined. Computers and the internet and downloading songs completely ruined the music industry and everything artists used to work for.

She went on to add: “I remember when vinyl was corrupted by cassettes and the whole industry went crazy thinking nobody would sell any records, so it’s really been heading this way for quite some time.”

Harry’s comments come shortly after The Who’s Pete Townshend called technology giant Apple a “digital vampire”.

The legendary guitarist said that he believed the internet was “destroying copyright as we know it” and was damaging the growth of new music at the first John Peel Lecture in Salford last week (October 31).

Earlier today, meanwhile, it was revealed that digital album sales for this year had already broken 2010’s record with two months to spare.

Blondie released their ninth studio album ‘Panic Of Girls’ earlier this year, their first LP since 2003’s ‘The Curse Of Blondie’.