Ed Sheeran Album Most Popular Amongst Illegal Downloaders In UK

Ed Sheeran's BRIT Award winning album "+" has been proved to be the most popular album to download among illegal piraters in the UK.

Ed Sheeran Album Most Popular Amongst Illegal Downloaders In UK
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Ed Sheeran's BRIT Award winning album "+" has been proved to be the most popular album to download among illegal piraters in the UK, with around 55,000 copies per month being stolen.

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.

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    the_last_shadow
    Ha! So much for Ed Sheeran and Rihanna's fans being the "best fans ever". If you were a fan, you'd buy the music your favourite artists make and support them.
    MuscleBoy7568
    I'm the same. I torrent new music first to see if I like it, then if I do like it I will then buy it. But I will only buy it as a CD because I prefer the physical aspects and better sound quality of having a CD rather than just downloading it.
    JMZ08
    What's with all the hate on Ed Sheeran? Got nothing against the guy personally haha, beats the absolute arsesnot out of the shit being played on the radio nowadays.
    AcdcTXfan
    "Ed Sheeran's BRIT Award winning album "+" has been proved to be the most popular album to download among illegal piraters in the UK, with around 55,000 copies per month being stolen." I didn't know there was a such thing as "legal" pirates.
    Lapidus
    "with around 55,000 copies per month being stolen. " sigh...UG...