Nottingham has been named the second-biggest music piracy city in the UK, according to monitoring service Musicmetric.
In what is believed to be the largest analysis of its kind, their survey shows that there are more illegal downloads per person in Manchester than any other city in the country, with Nottingham second and Southampton third.
The data was obtained by monitoring the global activity of BitTorrent files and shows that in the first half of 2012, people in the UK illegally shared over 40 million album and singles, with the three most pirated acts being Ed Sheeran, Rizzle Kicks and Rihanna.
Nottingham’s monthly downloading hit stands at 246,655, around 149,000 less than Manchester, with the data showing Ed Sheeran’s music was illegally shared on average 812 times per month in Nottingham. It also shows J.Cole is widely shared in the city compared to the UK average.
The UK sits second in the worldwide illegal download chart, it’s 43,263,582 BitTorrent downloads far below the US, who sit top with 96,681,133.
Simon Paice – Head of News