Daft Punk, Eminem and Linkin Park Ranked Among Most Pirated Artists of 2013

artist: Misc date: 01/07/2014 category: industry news

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Daft Punk, Eminem and Linkin Park Ranked Among Most Pirated Artists of 2013

Bruno Mars has been revealed as the most pirated artist of 2013.

The ranking, published by Billboard (via Musicmetric) has revealed that Mars finished the year with 5.8 million illegal downloads.

He was followed by Rihanna with 5.2 million, and Daft Punk with 4.2 million. The numbers represent albums and tracks downloaded using BitTorrent. Reportedly, the typical breakdown of BitTorrent traffic for musicians is 70% albums and 30% tracks.

Here's the full rating of the most pirated artists of 2013:

1 Bruno Mars (5 783 556)
2 Rihanna (5 414 166)
3 Daft Punk (4 212 361)
4 Justin Timberlake (3 930 185)
5 Flo Rida (3 470 825)
6 Kanye West (3 199 969)
7 Eminem (3 176 122)
8 Jay Z (3 171 358)
9 Drake (3 139 408)
10 Pitbull (3 138 308)
11 One Direction (2 920 445)
12 Maroon 5 (2 857 652)
13 Zedd (2 828 764)
14 Nicki Minaj (2 681 177)
15 Adele (2 594 275)
16 Avicii (2 562 151)
17 David Guetta (2 441 235)
18 Linkin Park (2 352 385)
19 Pharrell Williams (2 336 996)
20 Katy Perry (2 318 740)

While internet piracy is still present, BitTorrent piracy is reportedly in decline.

Musicmetric EVP Daniel Savage notes that "the increased availability of music via streaming is a contributing factor."

What do you think about piracy? Do you pirate music, or do you think that it is harming the industry? Let us know in the comments.

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