By Miranda Johnson
Amongst the many wins for Drake, Rihanna, Jay-Z, and Kanye West this year, the superstars also seem to be topping another chart, the “most pirated." Ironically, all of their albums have been certified platinum but a recent poll reveals that the three acts also claim the slots for “most illegally downloaded single," “most illegally downloaded LP," and “most illegally downloaded LP worldwide."
Spin reports that during their study's six month tracking period Drake, Rihanna, and the Throne ranked the highest on their lists. With Drizzy’s “The Motto” being illegally downloaded 458,038 times in the U.S, that made the Y.O.L.O advocate a shoe-in for the most illegally downloaded single in the States.
That was followed by the 71,132 illegal downloads Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne scored, resulting in their spot as the number one most downloaded LP in the US. Rihanna’s Talk That Talk grabbed a whopping 1,228,313 illegal downloads, making her latest album the most illegally downloaded LP worldwide.
The study also showed that the United States tops the list for most pirated countries, downloading 96.6 million illegal music files in the first half of 2012. Dropping to about half that of the U.S., the United Kingdom claims the second slot on the list with 43.3 million downloads.