Nelly Furtado, Norah Jones and Shakira not on Lily Allen’s side in download debate

Singers muscle in on file-sharing issue

Three of the world’s biggest female popstars have joined in on the Lily Allen-instigated debate surrounding illegally downloading music.

While Allen has been vocal in her stance against illegal downloads, Shakira, Nelly Furtado and Norah Jones have suggested to Sky News that they do not share the same view-point.

“I like what’s going on because I feel closer to the fans and the people who appreciate the music,” said Shakira.”It’s the democratisation of music in a way, and music is a gift. That’s what it should be, a gift.”


Norah Jones added: “If people hear it I’m happy. I’m not going to say go and steal my album, but you know I think its great that young people who don’t have a lot of money can listen to music and be exposed to new things.”

Although Jones did add that there may be a slight downside to illegal downloading.

She stated: “I also understand it’s not ideal for the record industry, and a lot of young artists who wont make any music off their album sales, but at least they can tour.”

However Nelly Furtado said she thought while musicians may not get rich from their work, they can still earn a living.

“You’ll find an audience, and you may not make like millions of dollars but you’ll make enough to have a house and a family and a car,” she suggested. “I don’t know though, maybe the clock is ticking.”