The amazing statistics come from a new study revealed by the BBC today, with Lana Del Rey, Adele and Emeli Sande also proving popular amongst torrent users.
According to the statistics, UK music fans were responsible for 43,263,582 illegal downloads in the first six months of 2012 alone. Ed Sheeran proved the most popular artist with Rizzle Kicks and Rihanna closely following him.
The numbers, deduced from a company named MusicMetric monitoring the activity on BitTorrent, a popular illegal download site, showed that Manchester is the ciy downloading the most illegal material with Nottingham and Southampton also figuring highly.
The UK was second behind the USA in download figures with the Americans downloading 96,681,133 albums between January - June 2012. The most pirated album worldwide was Rihanna's "Talk That Talk" with over a million copies illegally downloaded.
Thanks for the report to Gigwise.com.