The Piracy Charts: What Are People Still Stealing?

The Piracy Charts: What Are People Still Stealing?
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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.



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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.


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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 remains an in-demand classic.

Meanwhile, Stephen King is still the king among horror fans.  Other downloaders are in the mood to listen to comic book fantasies from English author Terry Pratchett.  A true surprise is a strong showing by Swedish criminologist and novelist Leif GW Persson, beating out King’s entire collection.



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6 Responses

  1. James

    super odd that Chaos Is Me is in the top 10, very esoteric album.

    • Paul Resnikoff

      Would be interesting to see how that impacts Orchid.

  2. D/L Man

    I don’t know where you’re getting these stats from but these charts are wrong.

    Example: The Frank Ocean album has hundreds of seeders at the moment, multiples more than Norah Jones, yet it doesn’t even appear in your list.

  3. Gabriel.

    These stats are totally incorrect. Big fan of DMN but for a topic as big as this to have not had sufficient research makes me question the brand.