The most-searched subject on Google for 2011 was not Steve Jobs, nor Casey Anthony. Occupy Wall Street? Psh. Didn't even make the list.
According to the Google Zeitgeist, the device that tracks how often something is searched and how fast the search catches speed, the OC's very own Rebecca Black ranks number one for 2011.
Black recorded the song “Friday,” written by Los Angeles' vanity label ARK Music Factory, and released the accompanying video on Youtube in February. It received around a 1,000 hits in the first month. But a month later, it exploded.
On March 11, the video went viral, racking up millions of views. Within a few weeks, Black had received death threats and appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to discuss the negative reaction to the video.
Despite having more than 3 million “dislikes” on Youtube, Billboard reported the first-week sales of her digital single to be around 40,000. She appears in Katy Perry's video “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)” as herself, and her single “Friday” was performed on a May episode of Glee.
Ryan Seacrest reportedly helped sign Black to a management company. This summer, she announced she was starting her own independent record label, called RB Records. She self-produced her second single, “My Moment,” which was released in July and currently has over 30 million views on Youtube.
In other words, Rebecca Black is having the best year ever.
To see who filled out the rest of the list, visit the OC Register's slide show.