The Colombian singer Shakira insists that illegal music downloading actually makes her feel closer to her fans and supported those who used internet file-sharing after Lily Allen publicly declared her support for the Government's plans to crack down on the illegal practice.

Shakira told UK's Daily Mail, "I like what's going on because I feel closer to the fans and the people who appreciate the music... It's the democratization of music in a way. And music is a gift. That's what it should be, a gift."