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Beyonce Busts up Kim Kardashian

December 3, 2013

Pretoria News (South Africa)

Pop diva Beyonce outrated Kim Kardashian for search terms on Bing (file photo)

LOS ANGELES: Singer Beyoncé was named the most-searched person in 2013 on Bing, the online search engine said yesterday, edging out 2012's list-topper reality television star Kim Kardashian, who came in second.

Beyoncé, 32, topped the list in a year in which she made a carefully choreographed return to the musical spotlight after taking time out to give birth to her first child, daughter Blue Ivy, with rapper husband Jay Z.

The singer performed at President Barack Obama's inauguration in January, at the Super Bowl in February and kicked off a worldwide tour, The Mrs Carter Show World Tour, in April. The notoriously private singer also revealed glimpses of her life with Jay Z and their baby in a February HBO documentary.

Kardashian, 33, dropped to second place after a big year in which she gave birth to daughter North West, and got engaged to rapper Kanye West, the father of her child. The Keeping Up With The Kardashians personality also topped the list in 2010.

Women continued to dominate the most-searched list for a second year running, as singers Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Madonna rounded out the top five. Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, who ranked second last year, dropped to sixth place this year.

Rapper Nicki Minaj and pop singer Miley Cyrus were in the top 10 this year, joined by troubled actress Amanda Bynes, who came in at No 8.

Pop culture continued to lead web searches, but Obama cracked the list at No 10 as the only politician in the top 10, faring better than last year, when he was |ranked 46th.

The birth of Prince William's and Kate Middleton's first child in July topped the most searched news stories this year, followed by the Boston Marathon bombings in April. - Reuters

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