FYI/TMI: Year-End Reports, Paul McCartney Goes Grunge

Fun., President Barack Obama, Rihanna are among the year's most popular; Macca to reunite Nirvana for Hurricane Sandy Benefit
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    Dave Grohl and Paul McCartney
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    Whitney Houston
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    Katy Perry
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    Lana Del Rey
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    Barack Obama
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    Carly Rae Jepsen
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December 12, 2012 -- 10:26 am PST

(In an effort to keep you fully informed, and fully entertained, below we present today's FYI and TMI — news you need and news that's, well, sometimes needless….)


Year In Review: Facebook, Google And Top Women
Facebook has released its Year in Review report, revealing the most discussed trends and stories of 2012, with current GRAMMY nominees Fun. topping the Songs list for "We Are Young" featuring Janelle Monáe, and GRAMMY winner President Barack Obama topping the Public Figures list. The death of the late GRAMMY winner Whitney Houston topped Google's year-end "zeitgeist" report as the top trending search of the year, followed by Psy's "Gangam Style" video. In other year-end news, released its Top 99 Women: 2013 Edition list. Among the music artists listed are Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (No. 85), current GRAMMY nominee Carly Rae Jepsen (No. 75), Lana Del Rey (No. 71), Beyoncé (No. 32), Katy Perry (No. 21), and Rihanna (No. 4).

McCartney To Join Nirvana Reunion?
Fans in attendance and those streaming at home will be in for a treat on Dec. 12 at 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief as a pioneering grunge band, who haven't performed together since March 1994, could reunite onstage, with one minor switch. According to a report, Paul McCartney could step in for the late Kurt Cobain to perform with former Nirvana members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear. McCartney phoned Grohl, who asked if he'd "jam with some mates" … those "mates" being Grohl, Novoselic and Smear. "I didn't really know who they were," said McCartney. "They [were] saying how good it is to be back together. I said, 'Whoa. You guys haven't played together for all that time?' And someone whispered to me, 'That's Nirvana, you're Kurt.' I couldn't believe it." Though Cobain is known to have been more of a John Lennon fan, there's no doubt McCartney will twist and shout like it's 1994 … or 1963.  

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