Tuesday, 17 December 2013
Google on Tuesday December 17th
2013 released its list of the top-trending
searches of 2013, which showed that two
year-end deaths resonated most in a year
packed with news events, product releases
and well-traveled memes.
“Nelson Mandela” and “Paul Walker” were
the top two trending search terms on
Google’s global list, which this year
surveyed the results of 72 countries — the
largest sample Google has ever taken.
Searches for Apple’s iPhone 5s took the No.
3 spot, followed by a third late celebrity:
“Glee” star Cory Monteith, who died of an
accidental drug overdose in July.
Searches for the Harlem Shake – a song
that inspired a precession of amusing dance
videos – which Google revealed last
week generated 1.7 million videos, came in
fifth. Queries for the Boston Marathon,
“Royal Baby” Prince George, Samsung
Galaxy S4, PlayStation 4, and North Korea
rounded out the top 10 list for all of Google.
See the list arranged from top to bottom:
1. Nelson Mandela
2. Paul Walker
3. iPhone 5s
4. Cory Monteith
5. Harlem Shake
6. Boston Marathon
7. Royal Baby
8. Samsung Galaxy S4
9. PlayStation 4
10. North Korea
Beyonce’s fifth studio album, Beyoncé, which
was released exclusively on iTunes on Friday
without any promotional marketing, has sold
828,773 copies in three days, Apple announced
The unconventional release, featuring 14 songs
and an unprecedented 17 videos, sparked an
impressive 1.2 million tweets about the album in
24 hours after premiering. And now, it has
become iTunes’ fast-selling album.
Domestically, the iTunes Store has already sold
617,213 copies, breaking the store’s first-week
album sales record.
The previous record holders were Justin
Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience, which sold
580,000 worldwide on iTunes (U.S. number
aren’t available) and Taylor
Swift’s Red (465,000, U.S.).
Apple also reports that the album topped iTunes
album charts in 104 countries (out of 119
countries where iTunes is available). For now,
iTunes users can only buy the full album
($15.99) — not individual songs — which helped
the album reach No. 1 across the world. The
album’s songs can be purchased separately
starting Dec. 20.
Despite only being sold on iTunes, the sales total
for Beyoncé is the artist’s biggest sales week
Beyoncé bypassed traditional distribution
methods, including not making the album
available on streaming services and not
releasing a lead music video on Vevo or
Meanwhile, Columbia Records started
producing physical copies for retail stores on the
day the album was released on iTunes, meaning
it will be in stores in time for the holidays.
Beyoncé managed to keep the album release a
secret (read: no online leaks surfaced), in a year
when music somehow kept repeatedly leaking
before artists’ official release dates. The 32-year-
old and her legion of well-known directors shot
music videos for each song during her world tour
in New York City, Paris, Sydney and Rio de
Janeiro, among other places.
“I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve
done it. I am bored with that,” Beyoncé said. “I
feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans.
There’s so much that gets between the music,
the artist and the fans. I felt like I didn’t want
anybody to give the message when my record is
coming out. I just want this to come out when
it’s ready and from me to my fans.”
The approach resonated around the globe. On
Facebook, mentions of “Beyoncé” spiked more
than 1,300% in the hours after the album
dropped, a Facebook spokesperson
told Mashable. And the reception on Twitter was
just as furious; Twitter detailed how buzz about
the album spread in an animated map, released
The popular Mile 1 market located in Diobu,Port Harcourt in Rivers State was gutted by fire early this morning, destroying goods worth millions of naira.It was disclosed that the fire started around 2:45am. Some traders who were said to havecollapsed as they watched their shops and goods burn, were rushed to hospitals for medical
attention.The cause of the fire is still unknown.
The Banky and Tiwa Show debuts on Africa's First Global Black Entertainment Network, EbonyLife TV, Channel 165 on DSTV, on Tuesday December 17, 2013, at 09:30 WAT.
The Banky & Tiwa Show is a brand new, star-driven talk show, propelled by the multiple-award winning African pop singer, the ever-charming Banky W and Nigeria’s first lady of pop, the beautiful Tiwa Savage.
On this show, topical and controversial social issues that border on the way we live our lives as Africans are discussed in a mature, non-judgmental and non-preachy manner. Some of these engaging social issues will include: addictions, homosexuality, broken marriages, infidelity, Pastors and Private Jets, Transactional Sex and many more. Continue to see photos from the launch...