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Top 20 List Of 2013′s of Most-Pirated Music Artists


According to figures released by data analysis firm Musicmetric, Bruno Mars edged out Rihanna as the most pirated artist of 2013. Mars finished the year with nearly 5.8 million downloads to Rihanna’s 5.4 million. See Where your favorite artists landed on the Top20 List.

Following is the top 20 BitTorrent artists in 2013, as tracked by Musicmetric.

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

Although these year-end numbers show piracy is alive and well, BitTorrent piracy has been in decline in recent years, Musicmetric EVP Daniel Savage tells Billboard. “Previous research that we’ve done indicates that the increased availability of music via streaming is a contributing factor.” Sandvine has also seen a downward trend in BitTorrent traffic. In a report covering the first half of 2013, the networking equipment company noted that BitTorrent’s share of total daily traffic in North America had fallen to 11.1% from 18.9% in the second half of 2011.

Musicmetric’s numbers represent albums and tracks downloaded using BitTorrent, a protocol for peer-to-peer file sharing that enables the transfer of large files. The company says a typical breakdown of BitTorrent traffic for musicians is 70% albums and 30% tracks. While piracy is rampant on BitTorrent, it’s worth noting that not all music traded using BitTorrent is pirated. Some artists, notably Death Grips and Pretty Lights, make their music available for free using BitTorrent.

We spoke to MM Satish, Piracy crusader and founder of I Hate Fake. He made it pretty clear that the problem has become a major issue and doesn’t only stop in Entertainment but in consumable products that we may not know we purchasing.

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