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Monday, September 17, 2012
Ed Sheeran, Rizzle Kicks and Rihanna are the most pirated artists during the first half of 2012, according to a new study.
Musicmetric carried out the study of the first ever UK-based BitTorrent consumption. Torrents can be legal as well as containing illegal files, but the majority of albums listed in the first-ever Digital Music Index (DMI) are not legally available via BitTorrent, which is a distributed file-sharing network.
According to Musicmetric, the most popular pirated albums in the UK were Ed Sheeran’s +, Rizzle Kicks’ Stereo Typical and Rihanna’s Talk That Talk for the first half of 2012.
Musicmetric also tracked which areas of the country downloaded most using BitTorrent, with Manchester coming top, and London coming in 20th.
Matt Mason, executive director at BitTorrent, said: “Musicmetric’s findings offer a fascinating insight into the realities of the market which are essential if we want to see the music industry get back to its peak.
“These figures show for the first time that blocking the Pirate Bay had zero effect on piracy. It’s short-sighted to think that we can simply tell people to stop and they will.”