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Musical deaths, murders, Princess Di's nominative determinism, and sports

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By Igordebraga, YttriumShrew, and SSSB
This traffic report is adapted from the Top 25 Report, prepared with commentary by Igordebraga, YttriumShrew, SSSB and anonymous user.

Rain drop, drop top (October 30 to November 5)

Rank Article Class Views Image Notes/about
1 Takeoff (rapper) 3,156,575 Another addition to the list of murdered hip hop musicians, as one third of Migos was shot dead at age 28 outside a Houston bowling alley. (Police reports indicate Takeoff was not the intended victim of the shot that killed him).
2 ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2,642,554 Cricket may not make sense to some people, but its popularity is evident from the continued high views of this page due to #4.
3 Aaron Carter 1,820,734 Another death of a relatively young musician, namely, the brother of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter. Aaron had followed him as a singer. He was found drowned in his bathtub at the age of 34.
4 2022 ICC Men's T20 World Cup 1,465,153 The pool stages for this tournament are now done and dusted. In Group 1, New Zealand topped the table, becoming the first team to qualify for the semifinals, and were followed by England, who overtook Australia after defeating Sri Lanka in the group's final match. In a crowded Group 2, India qualified after South Africa were knocked out by the Netherlands, and were joined by Pakistan after their defeat of Bangladesh. The groups have been marked by several upsets courtesy of Ireland, Zimbabwe, and the Netherlands.
6 Charles Cullen 1,372,687 The latest true crime flick to hit Netflix is The Good Nurse, a well-reviewed drama starring Eddie Redmayne (pictured) as this murderous nurse, and Jessica Chastain as the colleague who turned him in.
7 Migos 1,312,960 #1's three-man rap group, who in 2017 scored a chart-topper with "Bad and Boujee".
8 Jeffrey Dahmer 1,297,686 Mama they're in love with a criminal
And this kind of love is not logical...
9 Quavo 1,215,376 Another member of Migos, #7. He and his nephew Takeoff, #1, had released an album less than a month ago. Quavo witnessed Takeoff's fatal shooting.
10 Elon Musk 1,112,744 Musk's takeover of Twitter keeps him in the news. In an effort to make the company profitable, he conducted mass layoffs, and users have been asked to pay $8 a month for premium services.

Is this the feeling I need to walk with? (November 6 to 12)

Rank Article Class Views Image Notes/about
1 Aaron Carter 4,200,862 Aaron Carter started singing as a child, at 10 he was already releasing an album thanks to his older brother (#10) being a Backstreet Boy. Carter would serve as an opening act for both them and Britney Spears. In the last few years he showed the same derailed path of many former child stars (the "Personal Life" section here includes subsections on Legal issues, Health and Controversies, along with the fact he opened an OnlyFans account to sell naked pictures!). He died at 34, being found lifeless in a bathtub. He left behind one son and six studio albums. (The last one was originally scheduled for release on his birthday in December. At his death, the producers suddenly released it – supposedly as an homage – without first asking for permission of Carter's management first).
2 ICC Men's T20 World Cup 3,087,853 This week saw the semi-finals (although not technically the final, which I am watching, and which I am holding back on commenting on until next week). The first saw Pakistan comfortably defeat New Zealand, and the second saw England breeze past India. This set up a final between England and Pakistan, inspiring a lot of comparisons to the 1992 Cricket World Cup, mostly from hopeful Pakistan fans. My team was knocked out, but the Black Ferns did win, so I can't complain too much.
3 Black Panther: Wakanda Forever 2,168,881 The last Marvel Cinematic Universe movie of the year and Phase 4 – only a Disney+ special left! – returns to the Afrofuturism of Wakanda as it is attacked by mermen led by Namor. The unexpected death of Chadwick Boseman looms hard over Wakanda Forever. The script was changed to try to compensate for the lack of main character T'Challa by giving plots to just about everyone, leading to a bloated running time. Still, the emotional tributes and the expected action, cool visuals, and jokes earned a warm response from reviewers and audiences. It should be making lots of money at the box office.
4 John Fetterman 1,770,289 The lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania briefly became Democrats' favorite politician after winning Pennsylvania's open Senate seat. Fetterman ran a campaign perhaps defined most by his prolific use of memes, with policies such as universal healthcare, the decriminalisation of cannabis, and raising the minimum wage. He almost didn't survive the campaign after suffering a stroke in May, which significantly impaired his speech processing,. This led to an ugly debate by Republicans over his fitness for office.
5 2022 United States elections 1,638,777 The fancy name for the midterms, which people presumably went to as a summary page for all the elections taking place.
6 Ron DeSantis 1,452,290 Florida governor won reelection by a significant margin, and has Donald Trump worried that the Republican Party might prefer DeSantis run for president in 2024.
7 2022 ICC Men's T20 World Cup 1,213,300 I'm not exactly sure why this article has been getting much lower viewership than the article about the general event (#2). I would guess it's from people looking up past results, but I'm really not sure.
8 Mohamed Al-Fayed 1,094,593 Season 5 of The Crown is here. Given that it features the divorce of the current Charles III and Lady Di, the person who viewers sought the most was her next in-law, an Egyptian businessman played in the show by Salim Daw.
9 2022 FIFA World Cup 1,089,960 No matter if it's in a questionable location that even forced the usual mid-year scheduling to be delayed to November-December, football's greatest event opens on the 21st, with teams already having issued the uniforms and squads that will appear in Qatar.
10 Nick Carter (singer) 974,178 #1's career was kickstarted by his older brother being one of the Backstreet Boys. Nick released a mourning statement that acknowledged he was heartbroken in spite of a tumultuous relationship with Aaron due to his brother's drug addiction and mental illness. He cried at a London concert that featured a tribute the day after Aaron's death.

Arabian football 'neath Arabian moons (November 13 to 19)

Rank Article Class Views Image Notes/about
1 2022 FIFA World Cup 2,061,296 So... we're really doing this, are we? The biggest football (soccer to a small number of you) tournament – and the biggest tournament in the world – starts on November 20. Normally, the World Cup would be in June-July but as one journalist would put it: "you could fry an egg on [his] head". But the biggest talking point is off the pitch. Not only Qatar's abysmal human rights record, but also the fact they allegedly got the World Cup after bribing officials.
2 Black Panther: Wakanda Forever 2,006,318 Marvel's return to afrofuturism was well-received and made half a billion dollars worldwide. In the meantime, star Letitia Wright is trying to recover her reputation.
3 Mohamed Al-Fayed 1,323,833 Of all the characters in season 5 of The Crown, these two seem to have inspired the most interest, perhaps as they are much less well known than the series' other characters. #3 is an Egyptian billionaire (played by Salim Daw), and #4 is his son (played by Khalid Abdalla), who was in a relationship with Diana, Princess of Wales at the time of their deaths in a car crash.
4 Dodi Fayed 1,148,453
5 Sam Bankman-Fried 1,038,577 The cryptocurrency exchange FTX, which had been worth billions of dollars, suddenly collapsed after a news article about some shady stuff they were doing sparked an investor panic and run on the bank. This inspired a lot of views for its founder and now-ex-CEO. The arena of the Miami Heat will be forced to change their name, and the bets are on if something like this will also happen with the Lakers' one.
6 ICC Men's T20 World Cup 973,287 The Barmy Army rejoiced as England won the final, defeating Pakistan fairly comfortably, featuring brilliant bowling from Sam Curran and masterful control from Ben Stokes. Pakistan had hoped for a '92 repeat, but ended up disappointed.
7 Deaths in 2022 939,040 I see it in your eyes, take one look and die
The only thing you see, you know it's gonna be
The Ace of Spades! The Ace of Spades!
8 Christina Applegate 915,477 A former child star with plenty of comedies to her name, including her breakout role in Married... with Children, Applegate is "in" due to both her latest work, as Netflix released the final season of Dead to Me, and a recognition of her career with a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Its unveiling was Applegate's first public appearance since she revealed a multiple sclerosis diagnosis last year.
9 FIFA World Cup 849,195 #1 marks the 23rd edition of football's greatest tournament, the second in Asia after 2002.
10 Elizabeth Holmes 828,044 Ten months after the fraudster who promised a clinical revolution with Theranos was found guilty, she has been sentenced to 11.25 years in prison. And because there always seem to be complications, Holmes is pregnant.

Had we but world enough and time... (November 20 to 26)

Rank Article Class Views Image Notes/about
1 2022 FIFA World Cup 9,405,304 After a delay, to the chagrin of those who dislike football or call it soccer, the most popular sport in the world is dominating. The group stage of the tournament has had it all, lopsided massacres (England 6-2 Iran, France 4-1 Australia, Spain 7-0 Costa Rica - all three defeated teams won round 2, because this game is unpredictable), hilarious upsets (Saudi Arabia and Japan defeating Argentina and Germany!), pretty goals, and unfortunately, more boring 0-0 draws than one would ever want.
2 FIFA World Cup 3,960,859
3 Jason David Frank 2,346,767 Tommy Oliver, one of the longest-running members of the Power Rangers, was found dead at just 49. It also marks the fourth time a Red Ranger, who is usually the leader, ended up in something shocking, as the original one was arrested for fraud, another killed his roommate with a katana and a third was convicted for domestic assault before killing himself.
4 Qatar 2,004,830 Back to the World Cup: the current hosts, filled with oil money but whose national team is clearly not ready for prime time; the next edition, spread all across North America and bloated from 32 to 48 teams; the Portuguese wunderkind who became the first player to score goals in five editions; and the last edition, whose host country is currently banned by FIFA for what they have done to Ukraine.
5 2026 FIFA World Cup 1,920,068
6 Cristiano Ronaldo 1.773.080
7 2018 FIFA World Cup 1.618.719
8 Wednesday (TV series) 1.298.420 Let's celebrate that Jeffrey Dahmer is off this list, and the room for "imbalanced people on Netflix" is filled by a fictional and comedic case, Wednesday Addams, played by Jenna Ortega. Christina Ricci, who revived the role in the 90s, has a cameo.
9 List of FIFA World Cup finals 1,254,460 All bets are on for who will enter the 22nd of those one week before Christmas.
10 Enner Valencia 1,210,321 The leading goalscorer of #1 so far is this Ecuadorian who scored both goals against the hosts (#4) and the one who tied the game with the Netherlands. He also scored thrice in 2014, making an impressive 6 goals in 5 World Cup games!


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