Must See: Most Illegally Downloaded Artists Of 2013 Revealed In New List

Published: Monday 30th Dec 2013 by David

One day before the world parts ways with 2013, Gregory Mead‘s ‘Musicmetric‘ have used data pulled from BitTorrent to compile a list made of the year’s most illegally downloaded entertainers.

Featuring appearances from Justin Timberlake, Flo Rida (pictured above) and ‘Thug In My Life’ performer Rihanna, the list sheds fresh light on industry’s ever-present ‘piracy problem‘, and reveals which of Pop’s contributors is deemed most popular by ‘illegal downloaders.’

Surprising statistics below…


Downloaded over 64.5 million times when their individual figures are grouped together, the acts on the tally above were led by Bruno Mars & Rihanna, whose material found itself ‘pulled without purchase’ nearly 6 million times within the last year.

Interesting, as both entertainers got through the year without birthing new albums, but were still downloaded more times than Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and Kanye West, three acts who did release new LPs this year.


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  1. Amanda Bynes December 30, 2013

    I thought Thiefyonce’s new album was the most illegally downloaded. Can’t find her name on that list tho. No one even cares about T***** Caca’s ARTFLOP. HAHAHA #NoShade

  2. cake like lady gaga December 30, 2013

    I downloaded everything this year. I only bought Artpop and Love & War..

  3. Super Cisus December 30, 2013

    People only want Riherps singles kii what a failure

  4. Super Cisus December 30, 2013

    Wrong email forgot the m on com 🙂

  5. Hivy December 30, 2013

    @Amanda bynes Seems like you can’t read.

    LOL Anyways this list goes to show people have better things to spend their hard earned coins on.

  6. DIGGER BEY December 30, 2013

    So nobody wanted to buy or download Artflop lmaoooooooooooooooooo. #THE STRUGGLES

  7. SLAY_HIVE December 30, 2013

    Of course Rihject is HIGH on the list! People would rather download her albums and pay 1.29 for her singles! kiii

  8. Lolz December 30, 2013

    When did they say Beyonce was the most illegally downloaded? But the fact her album is selling for $16 and there wasn’t a higher rate of illegal downloads is good.

  9. SLAY_HIVE December 30, 2013

    Chile, Nobody wanted Artflop for free either! kii

    R.I.P t*****

  10. Super Cisus December 30, 2013

    Riherp is such a joke kii and you have a*** @slay_hive you ugly s***** b*** b****

  11. just…me December 30, 2013

    It is amazing how according to the beyhives,
    beyonce was illegally downloaded over 340,000 times means she is winning and shows how popular she is and how people are checking for her, blah, blah, blah
    but when it is rihanna…
    She is a loser and people prefer to illegally download her album than buy it blah, blah, blah

  12. DIGGER BEY December 30, 2013


  13. SLAY_HIVE December 30, 2013

    Just me

    It’s not a double standard. It’s the truth. Rihanna has MORE albums and #1 singles than all of her contemporaries, YET her album sales are behind everyone’s.


  14. ENOUGH ONIKA (NEW & IMPROVED) December 30, 2013

    And THAT is why Rihanna can’t sell albums. Probably her own die hard fans doing the most stealing since an album cost more than $1.29….

  15. DIGGER BEY December 30, 2013

    Over 1MILLION ALBUMS SOLD n a lil over 2weeks means people are checking for u! And R**** has never move those numbers. Not even n 5 months. #THAT’S WINNING

  16. ABC (the ORIGINAL) December 30, 2013

    Super Cisus the jokes write themselves! No one purchased or illegally downloaded C-Error’s album! Rihanna should be the last thing on your mind troll!!

  17. yasss December 30, 2013

    yas at nicki minaj making the list… i am a fan, and thought the general public was over her… but i guess its just cool to make fun of her,while downloading her music on the low… real cute.

  18. onika the illegal download queen December 30, 2013

    wheres lady gager? didnt she a release a mixtape or whatever

  19. Aisha December 30, 2013

    Bwahahaha Sam, B ain’t anywhere!

  20. FreeBreezy December 30, 2013

    I am not surprised. Rihanna is the biggest pop star in the world and the industry knows that. Her reign >

  21. FreeBreezy December 30, 2013

    Laugh at the list all you want but its THIS list that the music industry is looking at. If an artist cant even get illegal free downloads then that shows who really is struggling!

  22. Mark111 December 30, 2013


    Is that’s MC at her best? Is that the artist ya’ll compared to Whitney? Then I was right, studio vocalist. Nice try on trying to compare that to Rihanna’s talent show video. Now let’s compare that to Beyonce, Whitney, CA and Dion. You know, true vocalists that sing LIVE. Thank you for finally proving my point, MC was never a strong vocalist nor could never execute her notes outside os a studio.

  23. Mark111 December 30, 2013

    I get it now, I know why the pot belly pigs are mad. Almost every fanbase got an album from their fave this year. The billy goats felt ok knowing that the HIVE didn’t get their album, but pitty on them, the HIVE got theirs while the cows fave pushed back her album. It’s ok though, we did get a much better MC album, it was called Yours Truly. (that actually came out.)

  24. JOHNVIDAL December 30, 2013

    Physical copies I bought this year from albums that deserved it:
    Exile – Hurts
    Janelle Monae – Electric Lady
    John Legend – Love in the future
    Celine Dion – Loved me back to life
    Lady Gaga – Artpop
    I only purchased 5 this year, but I´m sure it´s more than 95% of the people in here wasting their lives hating.

  25. Marcus December 30, 2013

    Ya’ll Know This Is NOT Good To Brag About, Right?

    Being On This List Means People Are Willing To Download Your Music For Free Than Actually Paying For It.

    Smh, That’s Sad.

  26. Navy Commander December 30, 2013

    Lol at the Ciara Stan trying to drag when it’s fave can’t make if onto the most purchased OR illegally downloaded music! Oops

  27. HOWYOULIKEIT December 30, 2013

    Beyonce has a solid fanbase. Her fans actually purchase her albums. Winning

  28. FutureCIARA December 30, 2013

    I only purchased Ciara, and a couple of records that you cant download illegally…

    Everybody else, DOWNLOADED #Bootz!

    I love Dropbox

  29. Lana Del Bey December 31, 2013

    I contributed to some of those downloads. I purchased ‘BEYONCÈ’ by Beyoncè and Born To Die regular and Paradise Edition by Lana Del fuxking Rey

  30. JOHNVIDAL December 31, 2013

    @lana del Bey
    If you are such a big Lana del Rey fan how didn´t you purchase it in 2012????? When both editions were released? lol I think half of the people on here are fake and just use some artists to hate on others, without really enjoying the music (not saying it is your case but…)

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