Britney tops noughties web search list

Britney Spears was the subject of more internet searches than anyone else this decade, according to research.

Since 2000, the troubled pop star has racked up more online hits than world leaders, royalty and Hollywood icons.

Osama bin Laden takes second place, with a spate of online searches following the September 11 terror attacks, followed by David Beckham.

Princess Diana is fourth, followed by Tony Blair, Madonna, Simon Cowell, Jade Goody, Madeleine McCann and Brad Pitt.

The findings are based on online activity by British users of the search engine Ask Jeeves.

Spokeswoman Nadia Kelly said: “Some names are popular searches for a year or two and then no more, but a select few have been topping our search lists for up to a whole decade.

“Britney Spears began the decade as a fresh-faced new superstar on the block and has remained as high profile ever since, which is no mean achievement when so many other people have been and gone.”

1. Britney Spears

2. Osama bin Laden

3. David Beckham

4. Princess Diana

5. Tony Blair

6. Madonna

7. Simon Cowell

8. Jade Goody

9. Madeleine McCann

10. Brad Pitt

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