The Top Canadian 2011 Searches from Bing Show a Year of Breakthroughs and Heartbreaks

According to Canadian Bing searches, 2011 was the year of continued celebrity fascination, concern for human tragedy and new royalty. From rising stars and weddings to divorces and natural disasters, Bing has captured history through the searches that mark the year's most important people and moments in time. (CNW Group/Microsoft Canada Co.)

Kim Kardashian's reality reign continues; royal wedding takes the cake in celebrity events; Pippa surpasses Kate; Hockey tragedy captures Canadian interest

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - According to Canadian Bing searches, 2011 was the year of continued celebrity fascination, concern for human tragedy and new royalty. From rising stars and weddings to divorces and natural disasters, Bing has captured history through the searches that mark the year's most important people and moments in time.

To coincide with the release of the U.S. search results for Bing (available at http://www.BingTrends.com), here are the top Canadian search queries conducted on Bing, resulting in Canada's top 10 lists for the most searched people, news stories, celebrity events, and consumer electronics.

Most-Searched Person of the Year

While Bieber Fever moved south this year taking the U.S.'s top spot, Canadians were enamoured with U.S. export and reality TV star Kim Kardashian, who topped the list as the person most searched by Canadians on Bing in 2011. Bieber's popularity remains strong here in Canada - the young superstar secured ninth place in Canadian searches as the only Canadian in the top 10 list for both countries. While all things royal made a strong showing in 2011 across celebrity events and news stories, it was Pippa Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister, who cracked the Canadian top ten, coming in at number four on the most-searched person list. Her royal sister just missed the cut, coming in at number 12. Other Canadian celebrities of note included Shania Twain and Jack Layton who both made the top 50.

Most Searched People

Rank Canada U.S.
1 Kim Kardashian Justin Bieber
2 Lindsay Lohan Kim Kardashian
3 Britney Spears Jennifer Aniston
4 Pippa Middleton Lindsay Lohan
5 Jennifer Aniston Jennifer Lopez
6 Lady Gaga Britney Spears
7 Megan Fox Katy Perry
8 Jennifer Lopez Megan Fox
9 Justin Bieber Lady Gaga
10 Kanye West Miley Cyrus

According to Bing, Canadians were preoccupied with weddings, divorces and babies in 2011. Starting the trend of extravagant weddings the top 10 celebrity events kicks off with the royal wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton. Right behind was the celebrity version - Kim Kardashian's fairy-tale wedding. Just outside of the top 10 was also Kim Kardashian's divorce to her husband of 72 days. Keeping with the domestic theme, the top three couples based on Canadian Bing searches all have a little Canadian content - the future King of Canada, William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge topped the list. Canadian hockey star Mike Fisher and country music artist Carrie Underwood, and Canadian heartthrob Justin Bieber and actress/singer Selena Gomez followed in second and third place respectively.

Top News Stories

Rank Canada U.S.
1 William and Kate's Royal Wedding Casey Anthony trial
2 Japan earthquake and tsunami Osama Bin Laden death
3 Osama Bin Laden death Hurricane Irene
4 Hurricane Irene Japan earthquake and tsunami
5 Wade Belak death Amy Winehouse death
6 Vancouver Riots Joplin Tornado
7 Deaths of hockey players Rick Rypien & Derek Boogaard Michael Jackson-Conrad Murray trial
8 Haiti Anniversary 9/11 10th anniversary
9 Stanley Cup Final Republican primaries-Herman Cain, Rick Perry
10 9/11 10th anniversary Haiti anniversary

Top Celebrity Events

Rank Canada U.S.
1 Royal wedding Royal wedding
2 Kim Kardashian wedding Final "Harry Potter"
3 Toronto International Film Festival Kim Kardashian wedding
4 Beyoncé baby bump Beyoncé baby bump
5 Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's divorce Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson dating
6 Royal visit to Canada Demi Moore-Ashton Kutcher scandal
7 Mariah Carey pregnancy Kate Hudson baby bump
8 Amy Winehouse death Lady Gaga coming out in the egg
9 Victoria Beckham pregnancy Lindsay Lohan arrested
10 Giuliana Rancic cancer diagnosis Russell Armstrong suicide

Top Consumer Electronics

Rank Canada U.S.
1 iPhone 5 Xbox and Kinect
2 Xbox and Kinect Kindle
3 iPad PlayStation
4 PS3 iPhone 5
5 Wii iPad
6 iPhone 4s Wii
7 PlayStation iPad 2
8 Windows Phone 7 Nook
9 3D TV Windows Phone 7
10 MacBook Pro MacBook Pro

For the latest on all things Bing, please visit http://www.bing.com/community, http://www.facebook.com/Bing and twitter.com/Bing.

About Bing

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About Microsoft Canada

Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq "MSFT") the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support services in both French and English. Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has nine regional offices across the country dedicated to empowering people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. For more information on Microsoft Canada, please visit www.microsoft.ca.

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