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Britney Spears beats Barack Obama

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Jake Turcotte

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Maybe John McCain should be taking lessons from Britney Spears.

The oft-troubled pop star did something this year that the Republican nominee for President failed to do -- beat Barack Obama.

Oops, President Spears?

No, don't panic, Spears did not win the presidency in any weird Florida-like hanging chad business. But she did top the President-elect this year in terms of overall online search -- at least at Yahoo anyway.

Amazingly, Britney Spears was the most popular search term on Yahoo for the fourth year in a row. Get this -- she's been the top searched term in seven of the last eight years.

Zero to Hero

Why? Vera Chan, senior editor of Yahoo Buzz, told the BBC it's all about redemption. The diva was a disaster in 2007 and has tried to overcome her monstrosity of troubles in 2008 -- thus the continued interest.

"She was number one last year for all the wrong reasons, and this year for all the right reasons," Ms Chan said.

"People like redemption tales. You can't have a public meltdown that big and not have people follow you."

There was buzz that Obama might top the charts this year. Nope. He came in third -- sandwiched between WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) and Miley Cyrus.

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