Award Winning & Nominated Music Albums P2P Piracy
Report Dated: January 29, 2014
CEG TEK International measured activity occurring on the BitTorrent® peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing network from January 10, 2014 thru January 26, 2014.
Utilizing CEG TEK's proprietary detection software, designed with several unique abilities, including tracking without actively participating in peer-to-peer networks, unique peers (users) were measured over a span of 16 days from January 10, 2014 thru January 26, 2014. The albums monitored were based on a list of 68 Award Winning & Nominated Music Albums.
Over 5.7 Million unique peers (users) Worldwide shared 68 Award Winning & Nominated Music Albums using the BitTorrent® peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing network. The United States led the way in overall P2P piracy with over 1.9 Million unique peers (users) during the tracking period.
The album Nothing Was The Same by Drake was the most heavily pirated, with over 460,000 unique peers sharing his album during the 16-day monitoring period. Drake's Nothing Was The Same was also the most heavily pirated album in his home country of Canada.
The native country of many artists played a key role in piracy terms. Daft Punk's Random Access Memories was most pirated in their home country of France, Lorde's Pure Heroine was top in Australia and her native New Zealand, and UK natives Calvin Harris (18 months) and One Direction (Midnight Memories) were both the most heavily pirated in the UK.
Exhibit 1 - Worldwide & United States Gross Unique P2P Users by Album
|Gross Unique Peers (Users) Worldwide||Gross Unique Peers (Users) United States|
|1||Drake, Nothing Was the Same||466,111||244,813|
|2||Eminem, The Marshall Mathers||455,027||134,024|
|3||Daft Punk, Random Access Memories||408,899||58,800|
|4||Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience||301,634||98,454|
|5||Jay Z, Magna Carta...Holy Grail||301,552||148,911|
|6||Lorde, Pure Heroine||288,659||76,117|
|7||Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City||202,849||109,378|
|8||One Direction, Midnight Memories||182,071||25,442|
|9||J. Cole, Born Sinner||173,301||107,924|
|10||Taylor Swift, Red||159,742||41,881|
Exhibit 2 - Top P2P Album by Country
|Country||Artist, Album||Gross Unique Peers (Users)|
|Afghanistan||Florida Georgia Line, Here's To The Good Times||20|
|Aland Islands||Avicii, TRUE||19|
|Albania||Eminem, The Marshall Mathers||151|
|Algeria||Daft Punk, Random Access Memories||1,773|
|American Samoa||Miguel, Kaleidoscope Dream||105|
|Andorra||Robin Thicke, Blurred Lines||15|
|Angola||Drake, Nothing Was the Same||429|
|Anguilla||Drake, Nothing Was the Same||28|
|Antigua and Barbuda||Drake, Nothing Was the Same||350|
|Argentina||Daft Punk, Random Access Memories||11,894|
|Armenia||Eminem, The Marshall Mathers||99|
Exhibit 3 - Gross Unique P2P Users by Country
|Rank||Country||Gross Unique Peers (Users)|
Exhibit 4 - Album Specific Statistics
The report, highlights the staggering effect piracy has on recording artists and clearly shows specific geographic interests for certain artists. It also indicates that while we've seen a significant shift in the way music is consumed online, over the past decade the peer-to-peer networks still play a key role in the illicit spread of music worldwide.
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