Sia’s singles are strong, Frank Ocean’s Blonde is still the top album downloaded, and people still love Harry Potter and self-help books. It’s all part of a piracy market that is still exists despite surging streaming platforms.
Perhaps ‘streaming killed piracy’ is a prevailing sentiment in the music industry. But repeated research has shown considerable strength across torrenting and illegal download channels, not to mention stream-ripping. And monitoring piracy networks gives us a clue as to what is actually popular today here in the States.
Accordingly, these are the most downloaded albums on piracy networks. We’re not providing any links to actual content. The data we’re providing is merely for informational and possibly educational references only.
These are the most popular downloaded albums and MP3 Singles.
Let’s start with albums. Frank Ocean’s Blonde still takes the top spot, right above 2 compilations: Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles for July 2, and NJR 300% Hits 2016. Kanye West and Beyoncé are still showing up strong, with Metallica and Ed Sheeran round up the bottom.
The Most Pirated Albums - October 4th, 2016
|Position||Artist||Album Name||Current seeders||Current leechers|
|2.||Various Artists||Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart - July 2, 2016||616||54|
|3.||Various Artists||NRJ 300% Hits 2016||576||61|
|4.||Kanye West||The Life of Pablo||540||25|
|6.||Various Artists||The Official UK Top 40 Singles Chart - July 17, 2016||349||18|
|7.||Bon Iver||22, A Million||321||9|
|8.||Enigma||Love Sensuality Devotion: Greatest Hits and Remixes||230||18|
|9.||Metallica||Wired in One Note||179||8|
In the singles side, The Chainsmokers are still ranking high, with two of their singles making a strong appearance. Sia continues to be a fan favorite, taking both third and ninth place.
The Most Pirated MP3 Singles - October 4th, 2016
|Position||Artist||Title||Current seeders||Current leechers|
|1.||The Chainsmokers (ft. Hasley)||Closer||667||7|
|2.||Calvin Harris (ft. Rihanna)||This Is What You Came For||491||4|
|3.||Sia (ft. Sean Paul)||Cheap Thrills||354||3|
|4.||The Chainsmokers (ft. Daya)||Don't Let Me Down||261||2|
|5.||Major Lazer (ft. Justin Bieber)||Cold Water||233||3|
|6.||Charlie Puth (ft. Selena Gomez)||We Don't Talk Anymore||222||2|
|7.||Shawn Mendes||Treat You Better||210||4|
|8.||Martin Garrix (ft. Bebe Rexha)||In The Name of Love||206||2|
|9.||Sia (ft. Kendrick Lamar)||The Greatest||197||4|
|10.||Adele||Send My Love (To Your New Lover)||162||12|
For audiobooks, we’ve decided to add which Audiobooks have been reigning supreme among audiobook aficionados. This came after Tom Clancy and W.E.B. Smith’s audiobooks posted strong gains in the past 48 hours, rivaling top music albums and even singles in terms of seeders and leechers. People are still searching for how to be productive, and Harry Potter doesn’t appear to be in danger of being forgotten soon. Stephen King is still the king among horror fans, with other downloaders in the mood to listen to comic book fantasies from English author Terry Pratchett. A true surprise is Swedish criminologist and novelist Leif GW Persson showing up strong on this list, beating out King’s entire collection.
Most Pirated Audiobooks - October 4th, 2016
|Position||Author||Title||Current seeders||Current seeders|
|1.||Charles Duhigg||Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive||101||5|
|2.||J.K. Rowling||The Harry Potter Audiobook Collection (Read by Stephen Fry)||64||14|
|3.||Edward W. Robertson||The Cycle of Arwan: The Complete Trilogy||0||66|
|4.||Robert B. Cialdini||Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion||65||0|
|5.||Paula Hawkins||The Girl on the Train||60||5|
|6.||Leif GW Persson||Kan man dö||55||4|
|7.||Stephen King||The Stephen King Collection||28||31|
|9.||Tom Clancy||Command Authority||38||7|
|10.||W.E.B. Griffin||The Vigilantes||26||1|