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Trending in 2014 - Rhapsody, VEVO, Bing, Spotify and Others Share the Year's Biggest Names

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A slew of digital companies have released their year-end data dumps on what the world was watching, listening to and searching for over the past year. Most of it should surprise no one who paid any attention to the world at large in 2014 -- it seems there are few shocks lurking in our collective tastes. Google has yet to release its results, but it's likely to bolster, not upset, the overall vibe of the lists below. That vibe being, "Yeah, that seems about right."

There are few names below that you weren't aware of just one year ago (or, in the case of Eminem, Coldplay, Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears, about 15 years ago), those few being: Clean Bandit, Iggy Azalea (sort of), Sam Smith (sort of), Meghan Trainor (who came of nowhere with her song "All About That Bass") and Rich Homey Quan (yet again, sort-of-not-really).

If anything, what we can take away from this pixelated consensus is either that: a) the web has hardly democratized popular culture or b) the web has finally allowed our tastes to be illustrated in excruciating detail. Enjoy, and see you next year!


Most-streamed artist: Eminem
Most-streamed album: Drake, Nothing Was the Same

Most-streamed songs:
"Happy" by Pharrell Williams
"Dark Horse" by Katy Perry
"All of Me" by John Legend
"Fancy" by Iggy Azalea
"Royals" by Lorde


1. “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
2. “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor
3. “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry ft. Juicy J
4. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
5. “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj
6. “Problem” by Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea
7. “Chandelier” by Sia
8. “Rich Gang” Lifestyle ft. Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan
9. “Loyal” by Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne, Tyga
10. “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith


(Including music searches only.)

No. 1: Beyonce
No. 2: Miley Cyrus
No. 3: Katy Perry
No. 4: Britney Spears
No. 5: Justin Bieber
No. 6: Jennifer Lopez
No. 7: Selena Gomez
No. 8: Taylor Swift
No. 9: Nicki Minaj
No. 10: Carrie Underwood


Most-streamed artists in the U.S.
No 1. Eminem
No 2. Drake
No 3. Kanye West
No. 4. Lana del Rey
No. 5. Ariana Grande

Top Five Global Artists
No 1. Ed Sheeran
No. 2. Eminem
No. 3. Coldplay
No. 4. Calvin Harris
No. 5. Katy Perry

Top Five Global Tracks
No. 1. "Happy" From Despicable Me 2 by Pharrell Williams
No. 2. "Rather Be" (feat. Jess Glynne) by Clean Bandit
No. 3. "Summer" by Calvin Harris
No. 4. "Dark Horse" Katy Perry
No. 5. "All of Me" by John Legend


 Politics & Policy

I. Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”)

An e-mail loophole Congress needs to close
Authored by the Editorial Board on July 10, 2013 – Washington Post

Ever since former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden dropped a slew of classified documents into the public’s view, the country has reengaged in a vigorous debate about some — but not all — of the authorities the U.S. government claims to eavesdrop on electronic communications. But there is at least one loophole written into law that makes Americans vulnerable to unnecessary intrusions, is much more unsettling than a lot of the Snowden material and isn’t getting much attention.

Though the PRISM and phone metadata programs that Mr. Snowden detailed were secret, at least a court must scrutinize them. A section of law that hasn’t come up for discussion in the past few weeks, on the other hand, is arguably less protective, giving law enforcement at all levels relatively unfettered access to stored e-mail, documents in the “cloud” and other personal material.

The reason is that law, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, is old, and technology has far surpassed the vision of the lawmakers who wrote and passed it in 1986. Almost no one used e-mail then, the online cloud didn’t really exist, and storing personal information for long periods of time with a third party such as Google didn’t seem to make any sense. So, the law says, if users keep e-mail on a third-party server for more than 180 days, they’ve abandoned the material and law enforcement can look at it — armed merely with a subpoena, not a warrant from a judge.


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