It may not come as a surprise to you, but Justin Bieber is very popular. The latest evidence of this is the just-released Google “Zeitgeist” chart, which aggregated the billions of queries the search engine received in 2010 and compiled them into one list of the most-searched topics of the year. And Bieber came out on top.
JB edged out Katy Perry, Selena Gomez and the omnipresent Kim Kardashian to claim the #1 spot on Google’s “Fastest Rising People” list, which took the most popular people searches of the year and compared them to data from 2009. Eminem came in at #5, followed by Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Lautner, Megan Fox and Robert Pattinson.
Bieber was also #1 on the “Fastest Rising in Entertainment” list (ahead of Shakira, Eminem and, uh, Netflix), and landed at #3 on the general “Fastest Rising” list — bested only by Chatroulette and Apple’s iPad — making him the highest actual human being on the list.
And that’s using data from the entire world; if you narrow the list to include only searches done in the U.S., Bieber is #1 once again — by an even larger margin. The teen star’s total searches more than doubled those of Ke$ha, who comes in at #2, followed by Wiz Khalifa, Nicki Minaj and “Mad Men” star Christina Hendricks. Heidi Montag, Katy Perry, Kid Cudi, Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan round out the rest of the Top 10.
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