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To keep you informed about the P2P file sharing environment, we publish articles about analyses and statistics based on our data on a regular bases. In this section, you find the full list of articles.
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- Ed Sheeran - comeback kid of 2017
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Movies and series
Tracking 'The Walking Dead', a four-part series:
- TWD Part 4 - behind the scenes in fan libraries
- TWD Part 3 - United States Special
- TWD Part 2 - top rankings
- TWD Part 1 - worldwide popularity
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The release of “The Fate of the Furious” on April 14, 2017 saw a jump two days later in the number of fans sharing the car racing action movie – up to 489,400 daily file sharers. Since then, file sharing activity has remained steady, with an average of 420,000 on the days that followed. Seen on their own, the numbers seem impressively high, but fall short when compared to what the film franchise’s previous installment, “Furious 7”, was able to achieve within the same period of time. After the U.S. theatrical release of “Furious 7”, P2P activity rose to more than 939,000 file sharers on the second day – even climbing up at to an average of over 1.05 million per day during the full week after its release. As a result, “Furious 7” was, with a total of 4.74 million fans, shared by more than twice as much P2P users within the first week after its release than the most recent installment.
Let’s see how “The Fate of the Furious” will perform over the time – we’ll be sure to keep you updated on the results!
In April, American rapper Kendrick Lamar successfully swept away the rankings of some of the most popular global musicians, rising up from rank 38 in March to being crowned king. After the April 14 release of his album “Damn”, the number of fans who shared his music shot up from an average of 23,000 daily P2P users to 175,620 on the day of release. This significantly outperformed both his past releases of “To Pimp a Butterfly” on March 16, 2015, and “Untitled Unmastered” on March 4, 2016 (see infographic). Unsurprisingly, the countries seeing the most activity in April were the United States, followed by Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Australia, all of which make up Kendrick Lamar’s fan base. Looking at the top-ranking countries, Lamar’s music has primarily attracted English-speaking file sharers. Among these countries’ charts, the UK was the only country where Kendrick Lamar didn’t reach the top rank. There, hometown hero Ed Sheeran and hip-hop superstar Drake successfully defended their top spots, leaving Kendrick Lamar with third place.
Update: The Chainsmokers
Thanks to their steadily growing fan base, which really began to take off at the beginning of 2016, The Chainsmokers are now enjoying an increasing popularity among file sharers worldwide. Their fan base recently got a boost through the successful debut performance of “Something Just Like This” at the BRIT awards on February 22. The next day, 30,000 P2P users were sharing their music. As soon as The Chainsmokers dropped their debut album “Memories…Do Not Open” on April 7, 2017, the number of file sharers spiked to an all-time high: 53,100 file sharers. With that, the duo beat out every other previous performance or release. In worldwide chart rankings, The Chainsmokers moved to spot No. 15 in February, which they managed to hold during March before moving up to spot No. 7 in April to date.
Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Luis Fonsi is celebrating a comeback, almost a decade after his first No. 1 on the Latin Airplay chart “Aqui Estoy Yo” in 2009, with two new single releases this year: “Despacito” on January 13 and “Wave your Flag,” on February 24. Reenergizing his fan base in South America, Fonsi’s two singles brought him up in the South American file-sharing charts from No. 20 to No. 1 during March. Unsurprisingly, the highest activity globally took place in South American countries such as Argentina (No. 1, with 68,820 file shares) and Venezuela (No. 3, with 51,317 file shares). Nevertheless, Spain achieved spot No. 2, right after Argentina, with a total of 58,854 file shares. These numbers might seem insignificant in comparison with those of global stars like Ed Sheeran, but while other European file sharers don’t currently seem as interested in Luis Fonsi’s music, the latest upward trend and fan-base growth in Spain might be the first indicator of a potential European summer hit.
Until March 17, only cam rips had been released and P2P activity was steady over the last weeks.
But the number of daily P2P users exploded after 57 new torrents with a Korean 1080p source and hardcoded subtitles were released. English subtitles were produced right after.
Since early January a daily average of 100,000 P2P users shared the movie. When the 1080p source hit, the numbers multiplied times eight on March 18, with 808,800 per day.
The totals since January are: 5,326,507 P2P User
Most popular in: Russia, China, Spain, United States and South Korea
One day after Lady Gaga's last album was officially released, the number of file sharers increased in most countries around the world. The strongest impact and highest peaks were seen in the U.S. with 6,400, Brazil with 4,000, China with 3,300 and Russia with 2,900 on October 22, 2016. After that, numbers decreased continuously. In the U.S., they went down to about 1,600 per day. Her performance at the Super Bowl again had an immediate effect on the number of file sharers in the U.S., which increased to 5,600 the day after February 6, 2017. Nevertheless, the numbers in all other countries around the world remained steady. Between Jan.1, 2016, and February 14, 2017 we counted a total of 2,943,981 peers, that shared Lady Gaga files.
Fans of Tamil movies were waiting for the official release of Bairavaa. It premiered on January 12 in countries like India, United Arab Emirates, France, UK and Norway. First torrents of the movie were already being released the same day. Within the first – not even – 48 hours, the movie files were shared by 226,186 peers around the world. Not surprisingly, most sharers were located in India (187,872), almost one-third of them from one particular city: Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu.
Underworld was first released in countries like Russia and Ukraine on November 24, major countries followed December 1-3 and that’s when piracy kicked off. Within the last three days, the sum of daily sharers jumped to 350,000 worldwide (26% from India). As a comparison, “Arrival” had first official releases November 10, Piracy kicked off November 12, and had 237,437 sharers after 8 days (until November 18). Until today, December 6, there have been 1,039,501 sharers of the Arrival, the highest number comes from Russia with over 280,000 sharers in about three weeks.
"The walking dead" kicked off 7 with 600,544 piracy transactions in first 24 hours.
In comparison, last year's first episode of season 6 had 569,772 piracy transactions in the first 24 hours after its initial release.
The movie "Scientology" was leaked five days before premiere.
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