Ed Sheeran and Plan B share their views on file-sharing
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- According to a new report Ed Sheeran’s debut album + was the most pirated album of the first half of 2012. But the singer says he’s found a “decent balance” between people downloading his music for free and selling concert tickets.
- Brighton duo Rizzle Kicks had the second most torrented album of the first half of 2012. Jordan from the band said: "It's adapt or die in the music industry. I'm not earning the money, but we are earning the coverage. It's morally bad."
- Rapper and singer Plan B says all the music on his personal music devices has been paid for. “I feel like someone in my position really needs to support rather than thinking, ‘What can I get for free?’” he says.
- Pixie Lott says she thinks file-sharing is "terrible". She reckons: "The music industry is getting worse - I don't know where it's going to end. I personally love going and buying the CD and playing it around the house."
- Keyboard player with Leeds band Alt-J, Gus Unger-Hamilton says: "You see your album as a calling card. Hopefully people will torrent the album but then come to a show. You can survive as a band even in the age of pirating."
- Jessie Ware, whose debut album Devotion nominated for this year’s Mercury Prize, says she “doesn’t condone” file-sharing. She added: “The people who were going to download it were never going to buy it anyway.”
- “I think music is something which should be appreciated,” says guitarist Felix White from indie-rockers The Maccabees. “Even if it’s a tiny amount - it’s worth paying for.”