British pop star Lily Allen has blasted fans who download music illegally - insisting internet piracy is depriving the music industry of new talent.
The Smile singer insists consumers need to pay for music in order to provide record labels with the cash to sign upcoming bands.
And Allen is convinced the industry will suffer if record sales continue to fall, because talented young stars won't be given the chance to prove themselves.
She tells Britain's NME magazine, "If what the consumer wants is good music, then they are going to have to start paying for it. The music industry is run by a bunch of f**king idiots and if you're giving those people less money they are going to invest in bands that aren't very good. The more money there is in the industry, the more they are going to have to invest in quality bands.
"There are people really struggling to make their way, they're getting dropped much quicker, not being given the opportunity to make second albums. The only people responsible are those who are downloading music illegally, because there is no money going towards the bands anymore."