And the most pirated artist in the EU is…

A new report from the EU’s Intellectual Property Office details which films, TV shows, and musicians have been pirated the most. At the top of the list is Ed Sheeran, who has been ripped off with illegal downloads at least 7.46 million times in 2019, the last year for which data is available.

Here’s the entire top ten and their piracy numbers in millions.

  1. Ed Sheeran, 7.46
  2. Luis Fonsi, 6.29
  3. Ricky Martin, 4.29
  4. Charlie Puth, 4.07
  5. Bruno Mars, 3.61
  6. Taylor Swift, 2.39
  7. Arcade Fire, 1.93
  8. Shakira, 1.85
  9. Neil Young, 1.66
  10. Justin Timberlake, 1.64

The only other Canadian in the top 30 is the weekend with a ripoff number of 1.01 million.

The entire report can be found here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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