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Cilla Black tops UK Google Search in 2015

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Image caption Cilla Black's career spanned more than 50 years

Cilla Black was the UK's top-trending search term on Google in 2015, according to the tech firm's annual review of its users' activity.

The singer and TV star died in August aged 72 following a stroke.

Lady Colin Campbell was the second most popular term in the UK after the socialite appeared on ITV's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here.

For the world as a whole, basketball player Lamar Odom topped the list followed by Charlie Hebdo.

Mr Odom, the estranged husband of Khloe Kardashian, rose to prominence in October after he fell unconscious during a visit to a brothel, resulting in him being taken to hospital. He later emerged from his coma.

Charlie Hebdo is the French satirical magazine attacked by gunmen in January.

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Image caption Lamar Odom was treated at a Las Vegas hospital after being found unconscious at a Nevada brothel

Google's list of top-trending terms refers to queries that experienced the highest level of traffic over a sustained period of time during 2015 and were not nearly as popular the previous year.

The firm publishes the details as an alternative to simply listing the most requested phrases - such as "Facebook", "internet banking" and "weather forecast".

Belly fat

It does not disclose the number of searches involved.

The top 10 terms searched for by UK-based users were:

  1. Cilla Black
  2. Lady Colin Campbell
  3. Rugby World Cup - which took place between September and October
  4. Jeremy Clarkson - who was dropped from Top Gear in March after punching one of the show's producers
  5. Paris - in relation to November's terror attacks
  6. iPhone 6S - which was released in November
  7. Grand National 2015 - the horse race that occurred in April
  8. Jurassic World - the hugely successful dinosaur movie sequel
  9. Election results - following the UK general election in May
  10. Charlie Hebdo

The search firm also provides topic-specific breakdowns, which reveal:

  • Labour's Jeremy Corbyn was the most searched-for politician
  • "How to lose belly fat" was the most queried "how to" phrase
  • "Who is Lucy the Australopithecus" was the most submitted "who is" request, relating to the three-million-year-old fossil believed to be an ancient ancestor of the human race

Some of the terms that appear within the global top 10 might still be unfamiliar to many people.

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Image caption Ronda Rousey's fame as a fighter guaranteed her a high placing on Google's list

For example, Ronda Rousey was the eighth most popular search. The 28-year-old American is a martial arts star in the Ultimate Fighting Championships who suffered her first defeat in November.

And Agar.io came in third place. It refers to a popular video game in which players control a blob that has to consume other blobs to survive.

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