Welcome to the Thursday, December 27 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts.
As the end of the year looms, in today's episode J.B. and the Beat take time to rewind t o review Google's top trending searches of 2012. This year, as you'll see in the Beat episode below, some of the key top trending searches were music related. Whitney Houston, who passed away in February, is No. 1 on this Google list. PSY, the Korean rapper/performer who had the whole planet galloping to "Gangnam Style," follows at No. 2 on the Google tally.
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