With new single 'Violet Hill'...
Jason Gregory

10:29 2nd May 2008

Dirty Pretty Things frontman Carl Barat has accused Coldplay of “jumping on the bandwagon” by allowing fans to download their new single for free.

‘Violet Hill’ was released as a free download via the bands website on Tuesday (April 29th) and accumulated 600,000 downloads in the first 24 hours.

However, Barat said that by allowing people free access to their music the band were hurting smaller groups.

“You can't escape the fact that big name, big money bands who release their stuff for free are harming the scene,” Barat said, in an interview with YahooMusic.

"The industry is struggling financially and this is like missile after missile. How do new bands compete?" 

Coldplay are the latest big name band to give away their music for free.

Last year, Radiohead allowed fans to name what price they paid for their latest album, ‘In Rainbows’.

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