On Nov. 27, executives from Microsoft revealed the top 2012 searches on Bing and Kim Kardashian topped the list and trumped Justin Bieber, who took the title in 2011. The Biebs, however, remained the top searched musician in 2012. The famous Kardashian also beat out Psy, the Korean rapper who continues to take America by storm.
This year’s most-searched people on Bing in 2012 includes:
- Kim Kardashian
- Justin Bieber
- Miley Cyrus
- Lindsay Lohan
- Katy Perry
- Selena Gomez
- Jennifer Aniston
- Nicki Minaj
- Taylor Swift
Compared to last year’s search results, Rihanna, Selena, Nicki and Taylor are all newcomers, while Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Megan Fox, and Lady Gaga were bumped from the top 10 list. All of the 2012 most-searched people have appeared on TV this year, some on numerous occasions. Kim Kardashian continues to star in “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “Kourtney & Kim Take Miami,” which premieres in Jan. 2013. Nicki Minaj is one of “American Idol’s” newest judges and Selena and Justin’s on and off again relationship has been spotlighted on almost every news magazine TV show. Taylor Swift chose “Good Morning America” to debut her newest album “Red,” and played a packed concert in the Plaza in NYC.
Despite the fact that 2012 was an election year, Bing search results reflected the public’s interest focused more on pop culture than on the presidential candidates. President Barack Obama came in as the 46th most searched person for the year, while Mitt Romney came in just ahead at 43rd place.
Hurricane Sandy had a huge impact on many lives, and ranked high on the Bing search engine in 2012. The natural disaster quickly became the fourth most-searched news story in 2012, with the iPhone 5 topping the list at #1.
Other top 2012 searches on Bing include:
- Peyton Manning as the most-searched athlete
- “American Idol” as most-searched TV show
- “The Avengers” as most-searched movie
- Serena Williams as most-searched Olympic athlete
- Michael Kors as the most-searched fashion designer
- Ellen DeGeneres as the most-searched daytime talk show
- Psy’s “Gangnam Style” as the most-searched song (over “Call Me Maybe”)
- The birth of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s baby Blue Ivy as the most-searched celebrity event
Other than Kim Kardashian, the other big winners from the world of television were “American Idol” (which topped “DWTS,” “The Voice” and “The X Factor”) and Ellen DeGeneres. Korean rapper Psy was also a big 2012 hit on Bing. He splashed onto the scene this year when his video of “Gangnam Style” went viral. It’s currently the #1 YouTube video of all-time and its views stand at 833,499,683, as of Nov. 27.
In 2012, Psy debuted at the MTV VMA Awards, and then moved on to CNN International, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Nightline,” “Today,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Chelsea Lately,” The MTV EMAs, and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Plus, he performed in Las Vegas at the 2012 iHeart Radio Show and partied with superstars Miley Cyrus and Ryan Lochte.
To view the full list of searches, visit www.BingTrends.com.
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