Each November, accolades and achievements are celebrated with International Guinness World Records Day. It commemorates the best, and first in what they do, and ranges across different disciplines, skills and more. We wanted to honour the day by taking a look at those celebrities who have made history with their very own world records…
One Direction – First Act to Debut at #1 with 4 Albums
In fact our boys have got a few more under their belt, including Highest Debut by U.K. Group on U.S. Singles Chart and Most Subscribers for a band on YouTube, but they first made the Guiness Book of World Records in 2015 after becoming the first act to debut at #1 with their first four albums.
Now the group are on hiatus, but their success hasn’t dwindled even a bit, with Harry Styles and Niall Horan selling out venues across the world and Liam Payne’s number one single; ‘For You’ ft Rita Ora.
Peter Kay – Most Tickets Sold for a Stand-Up Comedy Tour
British comedian Peter Kay made the news for his 2010 his ‘Tour That Doesn’t Tour Tour… Now on Tour’ having sold over one million tickets across 113 arena dates. On winning Kay said: “I’m extremely proud to have receiving such an honour. I never imagined that one day I’d be included in the Guinness World Records, just goes to show that the lovely Roy Castle was right, dedication is exactly what you need if you want to be a record breaker.”
Katy Perry – First to Accumulate 100 Million Followers on Twitter
Popstar celebrity Katy Perry set a world record this summer when she became the First to Accumulate 100 Million Followers on Twitter, having previously become the most followed person on Twitter in 2014 . Other records she’s achieved include: ‘Most streamed track on Spotify in 24 hours (female) ‘, ‘Largest TV audience for a Super Bowl half-time performance ‘ and ‘Biggest Selling Digital Artist (US)‘.
Paramore – Most World Records Set in a Music Video
In 2013 Paramore set about trying to break the most world records in a music video, succeeding with 10 in total. Since its release, 6 of their records have been broken but 4 are still held, including ‘Fastest Time for 3 People to Smash 30 Clocks with Guitars‘, ‘Most Feathers Caught in 30 Seconds‘ and ‘Most Vinyl Records Broken by 3 People in 1 Minute‘. Whilst promoting the track they also broke the ‘Most Balloons Popped by Two People During a One-Minute Radio Interview‘!
Sam Smith – Most Consecutive UK Top 10 Weeks for a Debut Album
British celebrity singer Sam Smith‘s debut album ‘In the Lonely’ album recorded 69 consecutive weeks in the UK Top 10 back in 2014 to secure a world record. His ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ also became the first Bond theme to top the UK Official Singles chart in 2015!
Eminem – Most Words in a Hit single
Difficult for any other celebrity to beat, Eminem‘s 2013 hit ‘Rap God’ fit in an astonishing 1560 words with him dropping bars at an average 4.28 words a second – a mega world record! During one 15-second segment he spits 97 words at 6.46 words a second. As a result Slim Shady has been hailed as one of the fastest rappers out there.
David Bowie – Most Views for an Act on VEVO in 24 Hours
The day after David Bowie passed away, his latest music video ‘Lazurus’ amassed an world record 51 million views in just one day as fans gathered to pay their respects and honour the late celebrity, showing an increase of 5198% since the previous week. The song itself was Bowie coming to terms with his declining health.
Beyoncé – Most Liked Image on Instagram
In 2017, Beyoncé earned the record for ‘Most Liked Image on Instagram‘ with the mother of all pregnancy announcements, sharing the news of her twins in a tasteful, elegant photo. At the time of the record breaking, the image had just 7 and a half million likes but today it stands with over 11 million.
Ed Sheeran – Fastest Selling Pop Album in the UK by a Male Artist
Ed Sheeran dropped his third album ‘÷’ in 2017, and it quickly became the fastest selling pop album by a male artist, as well as the third fastest in the UK of all time. He also holds the record for ‘Most Streamed Track on Spotify‘ with ‘Shape of You’.
Gorillaz – Biggest-Selling Virtual Band
No one can deny that 2D, Murdoc, Noodle and Russel make up the world’s most famous virtual band, but they’ve got that official badge of honour from the Guiness World Records to verify it. This year they made their comeback with ‘Humanz’, and will be playing shows around the UK towards the end of this month.
With so many world records being created, we can only expect this list to continue growing. Stay tuned!