Splash News, acquired by Corbis last year has reaches 5 million images
Splash News, the world’s largest candid celebrity news agency, now boasts an archive of five million images. Splash, which was acquired by Corbis last summer, continues its rapid growth with images being added to Splashnews.com and Corbis.com at a rate of 5,000 a day, up from 3,000 a day a year ago.
Last month Splash saw a spike in activity on the site when news broke of Whitney Houston’s death – but she still wasn’t the most searched name. Rihanna was the most sought after celebrity, followed by, in descending order, Whitney, Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé and Katy Perry. Chris Brown is the first male to appear in the download league.
The most downloaded image in February was of Beyoncé seen for the first time since the birth of her baby shot by New York photographer Jackson Lee outside a Manhattan nightclub.
Splashnews.com is searchable in seven languages, and typically has over 600 people logged in at any one time, around the clock. Additionally, there are more than four million images downloaded a year.
“I think the statistics speak for themselves,” said Splash president Kevin Smith. “Splash is the number one destination for celebrity news, and when news breaks, it is where publishers around the world look for the content to inform their readers.”