Britney Spears' busy year of headline-grabbing antics have helped her earn the title as the most-searched-for person on the internet for the third time in four years.

The tally, compiled by AMERICA ONLINE, places twin actresses MARY-KATE and ASHLEY OLSEN second, beating American TV personalities Regis Philbin and KELLY RIPA.

The top three "mother" searches were Julia Roberts, SHAR JACKSON - the ex-girlfriend of Spears' husband KEVIN FEDERLINE - and Liv Tyler, who gave birth to baby boy on Tuesday (14DEC04).

Top of the most searched-for male category was musician Usher, with KOBE BRYANT being the most-searched athlete.

17/12/2004 09:17