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News December 18, 2020

Fire Fight Australia was one of the most-searched concerts on Google in 2020

Senior Journalist, B2B
Fire Fight Australia was one of the most-searched concerts on Google in 2020

Fire Fight Australia was a concert for the ages, pulling together the biggest names in rock, pop and hip-hop and raising a mountain of cash for good causes.

As it turns out, the world was hungry to learn more.

Google this week shared its top-trending topics for the year of 2020, which the giant search engine neatly breaks out into categories for ‘News,’ ‘Actors,’ ‘Athletes,’ ‘Games’ and more.

For the ‘Concerts’ category, the pre-COVID Fire Fight Australia was the No. 2 top trending event of the year, behind only Together at Home, the Lady Gaga-curated all-star special back in April.

Rounding out the Top 5 trending ‘Concerts’ are the Garth Brooks drive in event, Travis Scott’s Fortnite special and BTS’ online show, respectively.

Fire Fight lit up Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Feb. 16 with performances from Queen and Adam Lambert (performing their classic Live Aid set), 5 Seconds of Summer, Olivia Newton-John, John Farnham, Amy Shark, k.d. lang, Alice Cooper and many more.

Sony Foundation cheque with artists, Denis Handlin AO, Chairman and CEO Sony Music Entertainment ANZ and Sophie Ryan, CEO Sony Foundation Australia

The sold-out spectacular was a ratings hit, helping Seven win in the audience shares on the day with more than one million metro viewers.

Some 75,000 music fans were in the house that day, for the TEG Dainty and TEG Live produced all-star show.

When all the cash was counted, more than $10 million was raised for bushfire relief.

Later, Sony Music Australia released the fundraising Artists Unite for Fire Fight Australia: Concert for National Bushfire Relief, which featured live recordings from each artist who performed at the day-long show.

Artists Unite went straight to No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart.

Artists Unite for Fire Fight Australia

The Google Year In Search report for 2020 is loaded with the type of ammunition that could win you a pub quiz sometime down the track.

The most searched person of the year was Joe Biden, Kanye West comes in at No. 7, and Trump doesn’t even make the Top 10.

The top movie and TV shows were Parasite and Tiger King, respectively.  

The song lyrics searched by more people than another other? If you guessed ‘WAP,’ then give yourself a pat on the back.

And, of course, “Coronavirus” dominated total searches.

Read more here.

This article originally appeared on The Industry Observer, which is now part of The Music Network.

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