Musicians Bruno Mars and Rihanna have been revealed as the two most illegally downloaded artists of 2013 according to new data.
Piracy is still a huge problem for most industries including the music and film industries and has been for the past few years.
Recently multiple internet service providers including Sky and Virgin Media have been enforcing new blocks to prevent these sites being accessed.
However people are always sourcing workarounds as the sites in question strive to continue delivering their service regardless of how damaging to the industries.
According to data released by Musicmetric who examined activity on Bit Torrent – a popular file sharing network they could see that Bruno Mars received the most downloads.
Bruno Mars released his latest album ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ in December 2012 and in 2013 had 5.78 million illegal downloads of the album.
Rihanna was in second place as the most pirated artist of 2013 with 5.41 million downloads while in third place were French duo Daft Punk with 4.21 million illegal downloads.
Musicmetric also found that Justin Timberlake, Flo Rida and Eminem were other artists who were also among the most illegally downloaded artists of the past year.
In more positive news however Bruno Mars is set to have a fantastic start to 2014 as he will perform at the halftime show of the 2013 Super Bowl.
The halftime show is seen by millions across the globe and will only boost the level of fame that Bruno Mars has.
He spoke recently to Billboard.com about his performance and joked that because of the cold weather he might wear a beekeeper suit to keep warm.
He said: ”Everyone’s putting the fear of God in me like there’s going to be a blizzard. I’m going to wear a beekeeper suit, I don’t know.”
“I’m not going to know until I get there…I’m not trying to hype myself up too much. I know it’s going to be cold and I just got to face it.”
The annual Super Bowl will take place on February 2nd, 2014, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey
Watch below as Bruno Mars performed at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend Live from Derry, Londonderry.