Allegations that former Today Show host Matt Lauer sexually harassed female colleagues may have left NBC reeling this year, but the scandal — and Lauer's subsequent ouster — was good for Google. According to the search giant's annual "Year in Search Data," released on Tuesday, Lauer was the most-searched person and the second-most-searched word of the year.Lauer lost the title of No. 1 search query to Hurricane Irma, which caused $200 billion in damage after it devastated Texas in August. Meghan Markle and Harvey Weinstein were the second and third most-searched figures behind Lauer. Tom Petty, Aaron Hernandez, Chris Cornell and Bill Paxton drove Google traffic most upon their deaths.Google's annual list ranks the queries that prompted the biggest traffic spikes on the search engine that year, even as it leaves out sexually explicit subjects. In 2016, Powerball and Prince, who died in 2016, topped the annual list of searches, while Hillary Clinton was the No. 1 … [Read more...] about Matt Lauer, ‘It’ and Meghan Markle Top Google’s 2017 Year in Search
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If you’re part of one of America’s bestselling country bands, you might not think that the ideal place to launch your solo career is a few thousand miles east of the Mason-Dixon line. But Europe is just where Sugarland’s Kristian Bush ended up kicking off his side vocation as a solo artist. And it happened in a pretty roundabout way that his reinvention took place in the land of roundabouts.Bush’s first solo single, “Love or Money,” has only officially been released in England so far. A full album could follow, he says, because “people who are hearing the song are going ‘Wow, are there more?’ I’m like, ‘What do you mean? Truckloads!’”Six weeks ago, he was just cutting songwriting demos and had no intention of putting anything out commercially. But then fate and the UK intervened.Bush’s more visible partner in Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles, has been on baby leave, putting the multi-platinum duo on … [Read more...] about Kristian Bush Talks Solo Work, Sugarland’s Future
Taylor Swift, fun. and Maroon 5 lead the finalists for the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, which will air live May 19 beginning at 8 p.m. EST on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.While all three artists are finalists in a whopping 11 categories this year, Swift and Maroon 5 also will compete for the coveted Top Artist prize at this year's ceremony. Swift is coming off of another blockbuster year in which her album Red notched the biggest debut sales week of any album in 2013, while Maroon 5 added more hits to its arsenal with songs like "Payphone," "One More Night" and "Daylight." fun., which scored its first No. 1 single with the anthem "We Are Young," will contend in the Top Hot 100 Artist and Top Duo/Group categories, among others.After scoring 18 category appearances in 2011 and 13 more in 2012, "Diamonds" superstar Rihanna once again lands double-digit finalist slots by competing in 10 categories this year, including Top Artist. Meanwhile, Carly Rae Jepsen's breakout … [Read more...] about Taylor Swift, fun., Maroon 5 Lead 2013 Billboard Music Awards Finalists
This story first appeared in the Feb. 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.Pop quiz: What do The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Aerosmith and Metallica have in common? Each of them has been enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, each has announced or is expected to announce major tours for 2013 and each was among the 10 highest-grossing acts in the U.S. -- in 2003.This critical mass of such "legacy acts" might push 2013's totals beyond 2012's record sales numbers, estimated at $4.7 billion. That figure was boosted by sold-out tours from very familiar faces, with the three top-grossing performers -- Madonna, Roger Waters and Springsteen -- all card-carrying members of the Rock Hall and long since qualified for AARP membership as well. In fact, six of the top 10 touring acts in 2012 were age 54 or older, and they took in 67 percent of the box office among the industry's leaders.But here's the rub. While North American grosses hit an all-time … [Read more...] about Can the Concert Industry Survive After Mick Jagger and Madonna Retire?