Looking back on 2013, billions of searches on Bing from around the world reveal it was a year of American songs, superhero movies, Facebook love, high-end designer brands, controversial sports stars, European getaways and fierce women.
Bing search trends indicate what has most captivated people around the world in 2013, and this year the trend report includes search data from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Spain, the UK and the US.
Ladies appeared to rule 2013, since a woman was the most-searched person of the year in eight of the 12 participating countries around the world – Beyoncé reigned in the US, while Miley Cyrus’ highly publicised twerking made her the top-searched person in both Australia and Canada.
Former flames Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez were the most-searched people in the UK and Germany, respectively. Actress and actors Bruna Marquezine, Wen Zhang and Salman Khan were the most-searched people in Brazil, China and India, while singers Rihanna and David Bisbal ranked at the top for France and Spain, and TV personalities Danmitsu and Belen Rodriguez were favourites in Japan and Italy.
With an amazing Super Bowl performance – including a reunion with Destiny’s Child – as well as a successful world tour and famous family, Beyoncé captivated Americans this year and was the most-searched person on Bing in the US.
She earned not only the title of most-searched person, but received the most-searched musician nod as well. Fellow musician Rihanna also came out near the top for 2013, earning both the number three spot as most-searched person and number two for most-searched musician.
Newcomers to the top 10 this year include Amanda Bynes, Madonna and President Barack Obama. Taylor Swift’s busy year in the public eye helped her make the biggest jump in rankings, going from number 10 in 2012 to number four this year.
Beyoncé Knowles topped the list of the most-searched for people in the US in 2013, taking the top spot from 2012’s most searched, Kim Kardashian.
Kardashian is now at number two, followed by Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Madonna, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Amanda Bynes, Miley Cyrus and Barack Obama. Lindsay Lohan, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez and Jennifer Aniston (number five, six, seven and eight respectively in 2012) have fallen off the top 10.
The most-searched for movies in the US were:
* Iron Man 3;
* Fast & Furious 6;
* Despicable Me 2;
* The Conjuring;
* The Wolverine;
* 2 Guns;
* The Great Gatsby;
* Oz: The Great and Powerful;
* Snitch; and
* Man of Steel.
The most-searched for sports stars in the US in 2013 were:
* Tim Tebow;
* Lindsey Vonn;
* Tiger Woods;
* Kevin Ware;
* Ray Lewis;
* Lebron James;
* Danica Patrick;
* Dwight Howard;
* Derek Jeter; and
* Maria Sharapova.
Additional top Bing search results from the US and around the world are available from the Bing Trends Web site.