Is Prince the internet’s favourite guitarist?

Google recognises the most-searched athletes, musicians, activists and artists in celebration of Black History Month.


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In celebration of Black History month, Google has released a summary of search analytics that recognise influential black history makers.

The list honours people such as Maya Angelou, the most searched female poet, Katherine Johnson, the most-searched NASA mathematician, and Serena Williams, the most-searched tennis player. And when it comes to guitarists, it turns out that the most-searched-for guitar soloist is Prince – topping the charts for searches in the format of “[artist] guitar solo.”

Here’s what Google says about the results: “Prince’s guitar solos have more U.S. search interest than any other artist’s guitar solos in Google Trends history. Minnesota, Prince’s birthplace and the setting of his 1984 musical drama, Purple Rain” searched for “prince guitar solo” more over time than any other U.S. state. The musician even rivals real-life royalty – he is also America’s most-searched prince.”

Prince, who died in 2016 at the age of 57, was known for his androgynous and flamboyant stage presence, his unique ‘cloud guitar’ and his melodic, emotional guitar solos. His records have become some of the best selling of all time – and he’s found on many ‘best guitarist of all time’ lists. And thanks to Google’s analytics, we can see just how much of an impact his legacy has made.

Recently, Prince’s estate compiled a deluxe reissue of the album 1999, which includes several unreleased tracks and pieces of concert footage.

Take a look at Google’s full video about the celebration below:

You can view the full story from google here, which dives into other searches topped by black history makers in sports, politics and the arts. Google’s methodology is explained here.

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