Miley Cyrus, Arias murder trial top Yahoo’s 2013 searches
Los Angeles: Pop singer Miley Cyrus and the trial of boyfriend-killer Jodi Arias dominated Yahoo’s online searches in 2013, the web search engine said on Tuesday, while rapper-producer duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis dominated music streams on Spotify.
Cyrus, 21, generated the most overall searches on Yahoo this year, overtaking reality television personality Kim Kardashian, who topped the list last year.
Cyrus has had an attention-filled 2013, in which she grabbed headlines for her breakup with actor-fiance Liam Hemsworth, danced provocatively on stage at the MTVVideo Music Awards in August, and released her new album “Bangerz” in October.
The murder trial of 33-year-old Arias, who was found guilty in May of killing her boyfriend Travis Alexander at his Phoenix-area home, captivated the public over five months with bizarre testimony and graphic sexual evidence, helping it become the most searched news item on Yahoo.
Arias’ trial was followed on Yahoo by the Affordable CareAct and its common name “Obamacare,” which were counted as one search term, as the second most-searchednews story, while the Boston Marathon bombing in April came in third.
President Barack Obama was the top-searched political figure, topping ailing Nelson Mandela, the former South African president, at No. 2, and former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin at No. 3.
Online music-streaming site Spotify also released its 2013year in review on Tuesday and named Seattle’s rapper-producer duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis as the year’s most-streamed artist.