Word of Whitney Houston’s Death Spreads ‘Round the World

The world was shocked when news of musical superstar Whitney Houston’s death at 48 broke last night.  Online activity spiked as people looked for details  of what was first announced on Twitter and later verified by mainstream media. Interest in the singer who had 11 number one hits in the 80s and 90s spiked at nearly 1M% over normal activity.

The loss was felt worldwide. Interest in the US star was greatest in North America, and folks in Australia, the UK and Brazil were actively interested, as well.

In fact, most frequent searches related to the incident were in English, French, German and Italian. This word cloud shows the most frequently searches just after the incident.

Tragic though her death may be at such a young age, it’s clear the woman behind “I Want to Dance with Somebody” and “I Will Always Love You” affected hearts (and ears) internationally.

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