Apparently the top pirated artist in the Philippines is Maroon 5 with 8.4 million downloads. This is according to the Digital Music Index report by Musicmetric, a data and analytics company that maps music trends around the world.
The DMI report spans through 2011-2012, but the BitTorrent portion only covers the first half of 2012. The company tracked a total of 750,000 artists and discovered 405 million music releases downloaded in the first six months. Not surprisingly the Philippines is one of the top ten torrent countries considering how lax piracy laws here are.
The following list are the numbers and top downloaded artists in each of the top ten torrenting countries, with Drake being the most torrented.
- United States – 96.7 million downloads – Drake (most torrented artist)
- United Kingdom – 43.3 million downloads – Ed Sheeran
- Italy – 33.2 million downloads – Laura Pausini
- Canada – 24 million downloads – Kanye West
- Brazil – 19.7 million downloads – Billy Van
- Australia – 19.2 million downloads – Hilltop Hoods
- Spain – 10.3 million downloads – Pablo Alboran
- India – 9 million downloads – Billy Van
- France – 8.4 million downloads – Sexion d’assaut
- Philippines – 8.4 million downloads – Maroon 5