Top Ten Rock and Pop Stars Who Hate Digital Music Downloading
Some artists have simply accepted free downloads as an inevitability, trying to make up for lost profit with live performances and non-music merchandise. Others meet pirates halfway with extras-laden official releases or name-your-own-price gimmicks.
There are some musicians, however, who just can't adjust and have a zero-tolerance policy for even the slightest intellectual property theft. After the jump, meet Crossfade's top ten rock and pop stars who hate digital music downloading.
The Who guitarist and singer recently railed against iTunes, calling the download service a "digital vampire." His suggestions for improvement? Employing talent scouts, giving bands space to stream their music, and paying smaller artists directly.
Lilly Allen hates illegal downloading so much that she even got into a fight with Shakira over it.
James Blunt is against illegal downloading. Hey Jay, know what else is illegal? Getting "fucking hiiigh."
When the Supreme Court sucked the wind out of file sharing service GROKSTER's sails, Sheryl Crow was foaming at the mouth for these pirates to walk the plank.
WTF dude? You make millions of dollars from dingling your dangle around all day, writing like six album's worth of songs about it, spending your evenings getting flashed by teenage girls, and you still expect every single acne'd chronic masturbator to shell out however much Take Off Your Pants And Jacket goes for these days?
"Hotel California" sucked the first 150,000 times we heard it. At this point we just long for death until it's over. Fuck Yacht Rock and fuck you too.
In the wake of Lily Allen's outcries against England's Featured Artists Coalition, singer/songwriter/pianist Elton John wrote his own letter to the U.K.'s business secretary.
While suing eBay, YouTube, The Pirate Bay, your grandma's Tumblr, etc, is certainly extreme, that degree of intense micromanaging is par for the course when it comes to Prince.
What the hell happened to Dr. Dre? He went from founding N.W.A. and helping launch Death Row Records, to hanging out with Eminem and bitching about teeny-boppers downloading low bit-rate copies of The Chronic.
Metallica's legacy for the past decade (or two?) has been nothing but unrelenting embarrassment. Really, dude, I don't think you need to worry about anyone downloading that sonic flatulence of an album you forced Lou Reed to sing on.