Singer Ed Sheeran was the most pirated music act in the UK in the first half of 2012, according to the BBC.
Statistics seen by the BBC from monitoring service Musicmetric showed that UK users have illegally shared over 40 million singles and albums in the first six months of this year.
The data also showed that Sheeran's album + (Plus) was downloaded on average 55,512 times every month. Hip hop act Rizzle Kicks and Rihanna completed the top three most popular pirated acts in the UK.
Manchester was the piracy capital in the UK, with more downloads per person than any other city in the UK, followed by Nottingham and Southampton.
Research by monitoring service Musicmetric shows that people in the UK illegally shared more than 40 million albums and singles on the Internet in the first half of this year.
Ed Sheeran's 2011 album +(Plus) is downloaded an average of 55,512 times each month.
The study also found that Manchester is the piracy capital of the UK.