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Kanye, Emma Raducanu and 9/11: Or is it Donda, Leylah Fernandez, and Flight 93?

This traffic report is adapted from the Top 25 Report, prepared with commentary by Igordebraga (August 29 to September 18), SSSB (August 29 to September 18), Benmite (August 29 to September 5 and September 12 to 18), Mcrsftdog (September 5 to 11, 2021).

And I know it aches, and your heart it breaks (August 29 to September 4)

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Most Popular Wikipedia Articles of the Week (August 29 to September 4, 2021)
Rank Article Class Views Image Notes/about
1 Sidharth Shukla 2,897,546 Bigg-Boss-OTT-Sidharth-Shukla-looks-dapper-Shehnaaz-Gill-keeps-it-vibrant-in-Patiala-suit-6 (cropped).jpg India (and the world) lost this actor, most recently seen in the series Broken But Beautiful, at just 40 of a heart attack. Shukla also won the local version of Big Brother.
2 Donda 1,618,776 Donda West.jpg Donda. Donda. Donda. Donda. Donda. And so on and so forth.

It's hard to know exactly what to expect when it comes to Kanye West, but it was nearly impossible to peg down what would come of Donda. Named after his late mother, (pictured) whom the majority of this overlong album has very little to do with, West's tenth studio album suffered from several delays, changing tracklists, and his own presidential campaign back in 2020. The third and final of West's listening parties for the album, each of which was held in packed stadiums across the country, was another dizzying ingredient to the mess: it depicted West standing in a replica of his childhood home and ended with West setting himself ablaze while his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, reenacted the couple's 2014 marriage. Finally, the album came out, and, while fans seem to be worshipping it, critics have been less than enthusiastic. Many noted that the album isn't nearly as artful as West's previous work, and its nearly two hours worth of music could have benefitted from some editing. One thing's for sure: We miss the Old Kanye.

3 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings 1,482,258 Simu Liu (48469082216) cropped.jpg If Marvel Studios made a hit out of Guardians of the Galaxy, it's safe to say they can pull out just about everything right. Now it's another formerly obscure superhero, a "Master of Kung Fu" who is reinforced by villains that in the comics are of two other heroes, Iron Man's archnemesis and a beast that confronts Doctor Strange. An entertaining mystical martial arts movie, Shang-Chi got great reviews and – given that, unlike Black Widow, there is not an option to watch it at home for a surplus – should be making lots of money.
4 Cristiano Ronaldo 1,343,274 Cristiano Ronaldo (cropped).jpg Two months ago I reported that Ronaldo had failed to beat the record for most international goals (settling for joint record). Well, following two goals on September 1, the record is his.

Ronaldo's viewership is further boasted as fans eagerly anticipate Ronaldo's first appearance back in the Premier League with Manchester United after the international break against Newcastle United.

5 Ed Asner 1,083,478 Ed Asner (7284218664).jpg Ed Asner died at the age of 91, leaving behind quite the legacy in many fronts, television (Lou Grant in two shows, Roots), film (El Dorado, Elf) and voice acting (Up, Freakazoid!).
6 Deaths in 2021 897,511 A gravestone with a gateway, St Maur's Glencairn Churchyard, Ayrshire, Scotland.jpg You better get yourself together
Pretty soon you're gonna be dead
7 India at the 2020 Summer Paralympics 797,885 Shri Sumit Antil Javelin medalist.jpg Indian athletes with disabilities are performing better at an international level than abled ones, it seems. In the delayed Paralympic Games in Tokyo, the country had 19 medals, 5 of them gold (to the left is one of them, amputee javelin thrower Sumit Antil), nearly 3 times the 7 (only one golden) from last month. Standout performances included one of the country's most popular sports, badminton, plus athletics and shooting.
8 Money Heist 659,009 La casa de papel en Halloween.jpg Netflix brought back the Spanish thieves from The House of Paper for a fifth go, the first part of the last season.
9 Kanye West 651,691 Jay-Z Kanye Watch the Throne Staples Center 15.jpg He might be a jackass, he might be a gay fish, but what's relevant here is that he released #2.
10 Shehnaaz Gill 639,227 Photos-Shehnaaz-Gill-snapped-in-Andheri-4.jpg During Bigg Boss, #1 became very good friends with this actress who finished in third place, and they were rumoured to be in a relationship. Whether or not she can be considered his widow is unclear, the sure thing being that Gill was heartbroken by his death.

Do you remember, 11th morning of September? (September 5 to 11)

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Most Popular Wikipedia Articles of the Week (September 5 to 11, 2021)
Rank Article Class Views Image Notes/about
1 Emma Raducanu 3,031,991 Emma Raducanu (49810111052) (cropped).jpg She lives in and represents Great Britain, was born in Canada, has Romanian and Chinese parents, and had her moment of glory in the United States: two months after a strong Wimbledon showing, this tennis player won the US Open at just 18! And it is even more impressive considering Raducanu is the first Grand Slam champion who came from the qualifiers, and did not lose a single set in the whole tournament.
2 Michael K. Williams 2,910,373 Michael K. Williams Harvard University (headshot).jpg Williams, known for playing Omar Little in The Wire, died on Monday.
3 September 11 attacks 2,143,825 September 14 2001.jpg The deadliest terrorist attack of all time (which claimed 2,977 lives, excluding the 19 terrorists, and injured 25,000 others) had its 20th anniversary on (well, you can guess the date). The death toll would have been considerably higher if #10 had not been taken back from the terrorists. The 20th anniversary saw numerous commemorations and special programs around the entire globe.
4 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings 1,878,697 Shang-chi 01.jpg This film was released on September 3 and continues to make a lot of money, with positive reviews (which don't always go together), showing that Marvel Studios going on a martial arts route was a good decision (certainly better executed than the Marvel Television attempt Iron Fist).
5 Leylah Fernandez 1,801,202 Fernandez RG21 (47) (51376940739).jpg #1's opponent in Flushing Meadows was this equally young Canadian, who along the way ran over seeds two, three, and five, plus former number one Angelique Kerber. (And one of the writers confesses he was more interested in a compatriot of hers in the doubles, at least until an unfortunate injury struck the reason why.)
6 Steve Burns 1,341,515 Steve Burns.jpg For the 25-year anniversary of Blue's Clues, the show's host started posting videos in-character, sending many people into a nostalgia frenzy.
7 Sarah Harding 1,021,689 GirlsAloudOOCLive Sarah (cropped).jpg Harding, one fifth of the British girl group Girls Aloud, died on September 5 aged 39 of breast cancer. Girls Aloud had 22 top 10 UK hits, as well as six top 10 albums.
8 The Matrix Resurrections 902,599 The.Matrix.glmatrix.2.png The first trailer for the upcoming Matrix film was released on Thursday. The film, scheduled for release on December 22, will see the return of only one Wachowski (Lana) as director. As for the cast, Keanu is still Neo, Carrie-Anne Moss is still Trinity, but Morpheus is now portrayed by Candyman reboot star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
9 Deaths in 2021 888,376 I Was There with the Yanks on the Western Front, 050h.jpg Given this week Google homaged someone from the 2018 iteration of this list:
I wish that I could stay forever this young
Not afraid to close my eyes...
10 United Airlines Flight 93 835,230 United Airlines 93.jpg As documented in a 2006 movie, #3 almost ended up worse, as al-Qaeda had hijacked a fourth plane, only the passengers fought to take back control, leading to everyone dying as it crashed in a Pennsylvania field.

All that you feel, all this you can leave behind (September 12 to 18)

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Most Popular Wikipedia Articles of the Week (September 12 to 18, 2021)
Rank Article Class Views Image Notes/about
1 Norm Macdonald 2,793,630 Norm MacDonald (26378045703) (cropped).jpg The iconoclastic, incisive comedian who first made his mark on Saturday Night Live as its Weekend Update correspondent, died this week at 61 from leukemia. To quote Norm himself: "I'm pretty sure if you die, the cancer also dies at exactly the same time. So that to me is not a loss, that's a draw."
2 Emma Raducanu 2,255,534 Emma Raducanu Fed Cup 2020.jpg Fresh off the heels of her undeniably impressive win at the US Open finals, this 18-year-old British tennis sensation continues to game the system and set herself up as the sport's next superstar, even if she almost met her match while going up against Leylah Fernandez. (What? We can't all be as clever as Norm.) Raducanu also made an appearance at #8.
3 September 11 attacks 1,348,074 Sept 11 Victims Mural DC RIP.jpg This week's Report started the day after 9/11, so the Twin Towers appear on our list for a third consecutive week.
4 Deaths in 2021 862,819 Calaveras skulls.jpg And once you're gone, you can't come back
When you're out of the blue and into the black.
5 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings 832,188 Simu Liu (48469127391).jpg Back again – Simu Liu of Kim's Convenience fame plays its title character. It's proving to be a hit with critics, viewers, and, in a return to pre-pandemic normalcy, at the box office, bringing moviegoers back to theaters and bringing AMC out of its pandemic-imposed darkness. The only place it hasn't made waves is the one place it spends most of its runtime paying tribute to: Marvel still has yet to receive clearance to even show Shang-Chi in Chinese theaters, though not for lack of trying. In any case, Shang-Chi went to great lengths to fix the source material's blatant stereotyping, and it seems that East Asian audiences outside of China have responded well to the film's representation.
6 Michael Schumacher 782,282 Graffiti de Michael Schumacher.jpg The impressive life and times of the Formula One racer were chronicled in a Netflix documentary released on September 15.
7 United Airlines Flight 93 772,146 Flight-93-victim-angels.jpg #3 could have been even worse if the members of Al-Qaeda who hijacked Flight 93 hadn't been thwarted by the plane's passengers, who attempted to take back control of the plane before it was crashed into the ground in Pennsylvania, killing all 44 people on board.
8 Met Gala 758,821 KDV2009UncleSamBarrells.JPG After losing a year of being able to watch unfathomably rich people strut down the red carpet in clothes that remind us that we're inching closer and closer to living in The Hunger Games, we've returned to Anna Wintour's magical fashion land. The theme this year was "In America", but based on most of the outfits, attendees must have been told it was "On Jupiter". Some of the more "American"-themed outfits weren't even worn by Americans (see: Lupita Nyong'o's denim outfit, Nikkie de Jager's Marsha P. Johnson tribute, Maluma's cowboy getup) and at least we got some actual American representation through the appearance of Alaskan Quannah Chasinghorse. Other outfits followed the American tradition of dominating the headlines simply by being opaque (like this) or memeable (like this).
9 Malignant (2021 film) 613,660 James Wan 2018.png This polarizing, James Wan-directed horror flick, about a woman who starts having visions of people getting murdered before realizing that they're actually getting murdered, was released to theaters and HBO Max on September 10, 2021. And yes, there's a tumor involved.
10 Lil Nas X 591,454 191125 Lil Nas X at the 2019 American Music Awards.png Montero Lamar Hill has continued to run strong ever since he took his horse to the Old Town Road. He appeared at the #8 looking like a character from Saint Seiya, released his debut album, and had "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" win the Video of the Year at the VMAs, proving flamboyancy and controversy are no big deal for him, and probably even help.


  • These lists exclude the Wikipedia main page, non-article pages (such as redlinks), and anomalous entries (such as DDoS attacks or likely automated views). Since mobile view data became available to the Report in October 2014, we exclude articles that have almost no mobile views (5–6% or less) or almost all mobile views (94–95% or more) because they are very likely to be automated views based on our experience and research of the issue. Please feel free to discuss any removal on the Top 25 Report talk page if you wish.