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Ed Sheeran performs for Afghanistan troops

Ed Sheeran performs for British troops in Afghanistan Credit: MoD/Crown Copyright/PA Wire

Pop star Ed Sheeran has performed at two special concerts for British troops at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.

Sheeran, who has scored several top ten hits, also boarded Apache and Chinook helicopters on the trip, which was organised by the British Forces Foundation charity.

Ed Sheeran was on a charity trip to Afghanistan. Credit: MoD/Crown Copyright/PA Wire

Read: British troops reach Helmand withdrawal milestone

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Report: Ed Sheeran most pirated act in UK

Singer Ed Sheeran was the most pirated music act in the UK in the first half of 2012, according to the BBC.

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Ed Sheeran at Radio 1's Hackney Weekend. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

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.

Study: Ed Sheeran most pirated artist in UK

Ed Sheeran performs at the iTunes Festival Credit: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment

The singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is the most illegally downloaded artist in the UK, according to a study seen by the BBC.

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.

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