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The nominations for this year's Brit Awards are in. But who will the winners be? In the public eye who's more popular. Busted or The Darkness? Beyonce or Christina?

Espotting Media have compared the nominees to see which ones British Internet users have been searching for the most. The winners[1] according to which nominee is the most popular amongst Internet users on Espotting's network are:

Best British Male Solo Artist
DAVID BOWIE

Best British Female Solo Artist
DIDO

Best British Album
THE DARKNESS - PERMISSION TO LAND

Best British Group
BUSTED

Best British Single
GARETH GATES - SPIRIT IN THE SKY

Best Urban Act
MIS-TEEQ

Best Dance Act
GOLDFRAPP

Best Rock Act
THE DARKNESS

Best Breakthrough Artist
BUSTED

Best Pop Act
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

Best International Male Solo Artist
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

Best International Female Solo Artist
CHRISTINA AGUILERA

Best International Album
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - JUSTIFIED

Best International Group
BLACK EYED PEAS

According to the searches conducted by British Internet users, the night would go to Justin Timberlake (3 award wins), Busted (2 awards) and The Darkness (2 awards). Justin was the clear winner of the International Male Solo Artist award, receiving 56% of the search requests in this category. Not surprisingly, Dido won the British Female Solo Artist, with a staggering 77% of the requests. The Darkness pipped Dido to the post for best British Album, with 38% of the requests, compared to Dido's 29%. But our favourite glam rock lads, came second place to the boys from Busted in two categories - British Breakthrough Artist (Busted: 62%; The Darkness: 30%) and British Group (Busted: 45%; The Darkness: 22%).

Espotting is Europe's leading paid-for listings network. Espotting's data is based on information aggregated from its entire UK network, rather than from one site, thereby providing a wide and unique insight in to UK public opinion. Across Europe, Espotting powers over 1 billion requests every month through its network.

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Notes to Editor

About Espotting
Espotting Media is Europe's 'Best Paid Placement Service' (Search Engine Watch Awards). Espotting operates an online marketplace where advertisers bid against each other for prominence within search listings that Espotting delivers. The higher an advertiser bids, the higher that advertiser is listed. What's more, an advertiser only pays for the traffic it receives - its pay-per-click advertising that's 100% cost-effective and accountable. Espotting currently has over 22,000 advertisers including British Airways, Norwich Union Direct, eBay and Lastminute.com.

Espotting is a network, not a destination site or a portal. Through its search network Espotting powers over 1 billion queries each month across Europe.

Espotting currently services 10 European territories - the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.

For further information, photos or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Espotting Marketing
T: +44 (0)20 7539 0500
E: marketing@espotting.com

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[1] Data Period: January 1st 2003 - 31st December 2003. Data taken from Espotting's UK network.

Published on: 12:00AM on 17th February 2004