Shakira "feels closer" to fans to download her music illegally.

The 'Hips Don't Lie' singer has spoken out about the British Government's plans to crack down on file-sharing and claims she supports those who access her tracks without paying for them.

She said: "I like what's going on because I feel closer to the fans and the people who appreciate the music.

"It's the democratisation of music in a way. And music is a gift. That's what it should be, a gift."

'Smile' singer Lily Allen recently blasted Radiohead for their views on illegal downloading.

She attacked the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) - whose members include the band's guitarist Ed O'Brien - for not considering new artists when voicing their opinion on file sharing.

Lily said: "I think music piracy is having a dangerous effect on British music, but some really rich and successful artists like Nick Mason from Pink Floyd and Ed O'Brien from Radiohead don't seem to think so."