Torquay pirates love Frank Ocean, Paignton and Brixham favour Ed Sheeran
HIP-HOP singer Frank Ocean is the most illegally shared artist in Torquay, according to figures released today.
The figures show, for the first time, a detailed look at the music downloading habits of the nation.
The first Digital Music Index, produced by monitoring service Musicmetric, has analysed huge swathes of illegal downloads.
It logged the approximate locations of users obtaining music using BitTorrent - a method of getting files by downloading from many users at the same time.
Frank Ocean, whose debut album Channel Orange was released in July, is rivalled in Torquay by pop singer Nicki Minaj, who has an above average illegal download rate in the town.
However, in Paignton and Brixham the singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran is the most popular artist for illegal downloads, with rapper Pitbull getting above average attention. Pitbull is also highly popular in Kingsbridge and the South Hams.
Sheeran is, so far this year, the most illegally downloaded artist in 459 of the 694 cities, towns and villages covered by the research.
In Dartmouth, South Brent and Buckfastleigh veteran American musician Moby is top of the illegal download charts, with an above-average interest in rapper Yelawolf.
Ed Sheeran is back at the top of the list in Teignmouth and Newton Abbot, where drum and bass ace Netsky and singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey are also popular.
"It shows that illegal downloading remains a significant problem," Geoff Taylor, chief executive of UK music industry body the BPI told BBC News.
"It is having a significant effect on investment in new music. That remains our serious concern."