The BBC, using data collected by monitoring firm musicmetric.com, has created an online tool to work out the most pirated artist in a given area. It reveals that, in the City of London (and nationwide), Ed Sheeran’s album ‘Plus’ is by far the most popular illegal download. The supposedly trendy residents of Hoxton have been downloading chart-smashing rent-a-rapper Pitbull. Round the corner from the Time Out offices, the people of Bloomsbury have been busy downloading Lady Gaga, while – worse still – in Fulham they’ve been pilfering tracks by Scottish 500-mile-walkers The Proclaimers! (It’s only about 400 miles by foot from Leith to Fulham Broadway, so the Reid twins have still got a way to go.) The app has also analysed the results to rank the most piratical cities in the UK, with Manchester coming in at number one. London doesn’t feature, but that’s probably only because, unlike other cities, its statistics have been divided between different districts.
Discover the most pirated artist near you at the BBC website by typing in your postcode underneath Ed Sheeran’s chin.