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Year in Search 2017: From Bahubali to Bitcoin

As we bid farewell to the year and anticipate the onset of 2018, it’s that time to dwell on the year’s biggest interests, sporting events, and the flurry of questions that reflected the aspirations, thoughts and imagination of India’s online millions -- presenting our 2017 Year in Search recap.

This year, Bollywood and Cricket continued to remain the top two themes that ruled the charts. After breaking several records at box offices, India’s most expensive movie also broke language boundaries, attracting huge search interest from movie buffs across the nation: It’s no surprise that the blockbuster movie ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’ topped Google’s trending searches charts this year.  This was followed by searches around the Indian Premier League and ‘Live Cricket Score’, highlighting India’s never-failing love for Cricket and making these phrases the second- and third-most trending search queries respectively. Also making it to the Top 10 list were Bollywood blockbusters Dangal and Badrinath Ki Dulhania.

From firing up emotions to getting a groove on, Bollywood songs kept the tempo high on Search. Among the top trending songs this year, Hawa Hawa from the Arjun Kapoor starrer Mubarakan crowned the charts, followed by sufi track Mere Rashke Qamar originally sung by legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and recreated by vocalist Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. The prevalent interest in Western music was well established with the latin hit Despacito and Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You featuring among the top trending tracks.

Sunny Leone once again featured among the top entertainers this year followed by Big Boss entrant Arshi Khan, Sapna Choudhary and YouTube singing sensation Vidya Vox. The glamor of B-town dominated the rest of the list with names like Disha Patani, Sunil Grover, and Rana Daggubati.

Google’s Year in Search 2017 also reflected the year’s top news moments that captured India’s attention: CBSE results, UP elections, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Budget featured among the trending news events. Indians were also on point with the rest of the world when it came to knowing more about Bitcoin prices or expressing interest about ransomware. Then, of course, there was India’s historic win at the Miss World ceremony, which catapulted Manushi Chhillar to international fame.

Among the top ‘What is’ queries this year, GST, Bitcoin, Jallikattu and BS3 vehicle remained the most trending themes.  And mirroring millions of real-world needs and concerns, the how-to set of queries saw users seeking answers to a range of subjects from  ‘How to link aadhaar with PAN card’ to How to buy a Jio phone to even How to remove Holi color from the face!

View the complete 2017 India-specific  lists and global trends in detail; and dive into over a thousand global top-ten lists across pop culture, sports, music, politics, news, and more, from more than 75 countries.

Meanwhile, search on!

Launching Google Play Music Subscription in India

From that brisk pop to fuel your morning exercise routine to those perfect romantic ballads that set the mood for a great date night, Google Play Music knows just how important it is to have the right soundtrack for every moment of your life.

To help you find the best music for any moment, today, we’re launching subscription services in Google Play Music India — a fresh take on music streaming that is smarter and easier to use.

Listen to music in a number of different languages, from Hindi to English, Tamil to Malayalam or Kannada.  Upload up to 50,000 of your own songs, and access them from any device with your Google Account. Or try a subscription to unlock everything: offline listening and on-demand access to our full catalogue of over 40 million local and international hits. Sign up now and get a free trial on Android, iOS or the web.

To provide rich music recommendations based on Google’s understanding of your world, we’ve plugged into the contextual tools that power Google products. To deliver that, Google Play Music uses machine learning to figure out what music you like and then mixes in signals like location, activity, and the weather along with hand-picked playlists to personalize music for wherever you are and whenever you want tunes. When you opt in, we’ll deliver personalized music based on why you are listening — relaxing at home, powering through at work, exploring new cities, and everything in between. Your workout music is front and center as you walk into the gym, a sunset soundtrack appears just as the sky goes pink, and tunes for focusing turn up at the library.

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With a catalogue of over 40 million local and international hits, Google Play Music lets you find music by language or by your favourite Bollywood actresses and music directors, and even lets you watch their videos right in the same app. Google Play Music is your pocket-sized DJ, who pays attention not only to what artists and genres you like from around the world, but also to when you like it, so the music that you care about now is always at the top of your screen.

Google Play Music lets you stream music using minimal data on mobile. No connection? No problem. When you subscribe, you can enjoy offline listening, and be prepped with an offline playlist based on what you’ve listened to recently, even if you forgot to download them ahead of time.

Enjoy a discounted subscription offer of 89 INR per month if you sign up within the first 45 days.

Posted by Elias Roman, Lead Product Manager, Google Play Music