December 1, 2009
Posted: 02:11 PM ET
By Jonathan Spicer via Reuters
Michael Jackson's death thrust the singer to the top of yahoo.com Internet searches in 2009, putting an end to Britney Spears' four-year reign and helping bump PresidentBarack Obama from the top 10 list.
Although the year was dominated by recession, the most clicks still went to what distracts Web surfers. NASCAR, actress Megan Fox, reality star Kim Kardashian, and the film "Twilight" replaced four actresses on last year's top list.
Until June, when Jackson died of a drug overdose, Obama's inauguration garnered the most Web traffic, said Vera Chan, Web trend analyst at Yahoo Inc.
"When the news of Michael Jackson's death came out the traffic was overwhelming, and surpassed that," she said.
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