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The 20 Most Pirated Musicians of 2013

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    Daft Punk, Kanye WestJay Z, and Drake were among the artists whose music was most illegally downloaded in 2013, according to new statistics released from music analytics firm Musicmetric.

    Bruno Mars and Rihanna topped this year’s list: Mars’ singles were downloaded via BitTorrent 5,783,556 times, while Rihanna’s were jacked 5,414,166 times.

    Daft Punk was the third most pirated act with over a million fewer downloads than RiRi. Justin Timberlake and – wait for it – Flo Rida round out the top five with over 3.4 million downloads each. Kanye West, Eminem, Jay Z, and Drake (in that order) fill up the next four spots ahead of Pitbull at number 10, each with between 3.1 and 3.2 million downloads.

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    It’s interesting to note that half of the acts on the list, including Mars and Rihanna, didn’t release records in 2013. (Linkin Park, #18, released a remix collection; if you exclude that from contention, it’s more than half.) Singles, guest spots, and feature appearances all get tallied in Musicmetric’s data collection, however, which goes some length in explaining the phenomenon. Pharrell Williams, for example, likely rode the wave of “Get Lucky” and “Blurred Lines” into the number 19 spot.

    Whatever the case, Musicmetric CEO/cofounder Gregory Mead sees value in the data, despite its illegal origins. “Of course we don’t condone piracy, but what is clear is that Bit Torrent data offers a granular insight into a band’s fan engagement,” Mead said. “You can see where people live and if you know where your fans are, you can plan a tour and engage with them.”

    We already know Iron Maiden has parlayed that advice into some profitable tours, so who on this list is next?

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    Most Pirated Acts of 2013 (number of downloads):
    01. Bruno Mars – 5,783,556
    02. Rihanna – 5,414,166
    03. Daft Punk – 4,212,361
    04. Justin Timberlake – 3,930,185
    05. Flo Rida – 3,470,825
    06. Kanye West – 3,199,969
    07. Eminem – 3,176,122
    08. Jay Z – 3,171,358
    09. 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

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