Recent data from the monitoring service Musicmetric has named Southampton as third highest in terms of illegal downloads per person, after Manchester and Nottingham. The data concludes that over 40 million files were shared in the UK in 2012, which is approximately 80 every minute.
In a debate that fiercely divides opinions about the state of the music industry, the release comes as discussion is renewed about controlling the extent of illegal music downloading worldwide.
Southampton’s most downloaded artist is Ed Sheeran, who has been shared an average of 644 times in the past month, while in the city, hip-hop group N-Dubz are in people’s music libraries considerably more than the national average. The majority of the top ten piracy rankings tend to be places with a high student proportion, and with a greater knowledge of how to conduct piracy as well as the ease and free nature of illegal downloading, it is easy to see what attracts so many.
Other popular artists that have been heavily pirated include Ben Howard, Emeli Sandé and Rizzle Kicks.