The Guinness Book of World Records has been around since 1955, and has done us all a favour by compiling the biggest, smallest, most, least, worst, best, and weirdest things all in one place. The book even holds its own record for being the most sold copyrighted book of all time. Some notable records include the tallest man ever recorded (Robert Wadlow at 8 ft 11in), the longest fingernails on a woman (Lee Redmond at 28 ft 4.5 in), and the oldest Olympic gold medalist (Oscar Swahn who won in 1912 at age 64).
The World Record franchise has expanded to include television shows, museums, video games, and there is even talk of a live action film in development. One of the most popular sections of the book is the entertainment section where we can look up things like who was the oldest actress to win a Best Actress Oscar (Jessica Tandy at 80), and the rapper with the most Hot 100 hits (Lil Wayne).
The 2015 edition of the book was released on September 9th, celebrating its 60th anniversary. Here are some of your favourite stars who made it into the record book. Literally.
Jennifer Lawrence – Highest grossing action movie heroine
Since taking the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Game trilogy, Jennifer Lawrence has seen her fame shoot through the roof. The first two films have grossed more than $1.52 billion internationally, and there are still two installments left to go, starting with Mockingjay Part One in November. Catching Fire is currently the highest grossing post-apocalyptic film of all time at over $854 million worldwide. In between all the Hunger Games buzz, Lawrence still had time to film Silver Linings Playbook, for which she won an Oscar for Best Actress. But it is her portrayal of Katniss that earned her the World Record title of highest grossing action movie heroine.
Shakira – Most “liked” person on Facebook
Latin singer and judge on The Voice, Shakira, has made a huge splash in the English market since her first English language song “Whenever, Wherever” was released in 2002. She became a Facebook legend when her 100 millionth fan clicked the “like” button on her fan page, making her the most liked person on that particular social media platform. She also holds the distinction of being the first person ever to reach 100 million likes.
Beyonce – Fastest selling iTunes album
When Queen Bey unexpectedly released her self titled fifth studio album on December 13, 2013, the internet wasn’t ready for the hysteria that ensued. The “visual album” included 14 songs with accompanying music videos, and was available exclusively through iTunes for the first week, in which it sold 828,773 copies in the first three days alone. The release strategy was Beyonce’s way of breaking away from the norm of how music is released these days with singles leading up to full albums. She was praised for the chances she took regarding musical composition, subject matter, and just plain showmanship. In addition to having the fastest selling iTunes album, she also became the most awarded artist in BET Awards history.
Miley Cyrus – Most searched for pop star on the internet
It wasn’t until Miley Cyrus twerked on Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards that her popularity really peaked. Her new single “We Can’t Stop” was already buzzing, but her over-the-top performance caught the attention of even the most pop culturally tone deaf person at the party. Add the controversial music video for her second single “Wrecking Ball” where she rides an actual wrecking ball wearing nothing but a pair of boots, and its no surprise that Miley holds the title for the most searched for pop star on the internet. Well deserved.
Katy Perry – Most Twitter followers
Pop star, Katy Perry is one of the biggest musicians in the world, and that is reflected in her 56 million and counting Twitter followers. Perry keeps her followers interested by posting cryptic messages aimed at whoever she is currently feuding with (Taylor Swift), and updates on her daily activities during her time on the road. She never leaves her fans hanging, tweeting multiple times a day, usually garnering thousands of favourites and retweets on even the most off-hand, inconsequential comments.
Vin Diesel – Most “likes” on a Facebook item
This photo that Vin Diesel posted on Facebook of him and friend and Fast and the Furious co-star, Paul Walker quickly became the most liked item on Facebook. Walker was killed in a car accident on November 30, 2013, and fans immediately took to social media to express their condolences. Diesel has talked about the pain of losing his best friend, and captioned the photo: “When I heard, I immediately flew back to California, and went directly from the plane to his mother’s house… I thought they needed my strength, but realized when I got there and broke down before his family, that it was I who needed theirs. His mother hugged me and said I am so sorry… I said sorry? You’re the mother who lost a son?… She said yes, but you lost your other half…” The photo currently has almost 7 million likes.
One Direction – First act to debut at No. 1 with their first 3 albums
British boy band One Direction hit the music scene hard with their first single “What Makes You Beautiful” in 2011. The five members had never met each other before auditioning for X-Factor as solo artists, when judge Simon Cowell suggested they form a group. They didn’t win the show, but Cowell signed them to his record label, and the rest is history. Their debut album “Up All Night” was a worldwide sensation, making them the first UK band to debut at #1 on the US Billboard charts for their first album. They have released two more albums since and have headlined their own world tour. According to the CEO of Sony Music Entertainment UK, One Direction represents a $50 million business. They hold the title of being the first act in history to debut at No. 1 on the US charts with their first 3 albums.
Eminem – Most words in a hit single
Eminem got his big break with the single “The Real Slim Shady” in 2000, which cemented him as the next big thing in rap. Since then he has gone on to make history with his music, including his groundbreaking performance alongside Elton John at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards. Although some of his lyrics have been controversial, and accused of being everything from homophobic, to racist, to misogynistic, he remains one of the most popular hip hop artists of all time. His song “Rap God” currently holds the title for the most words in a hit single at 1,560 packed into 6 minutes and 4 seconds.
Metallica – First band to play on all 7 continents
The heavy metal band Metallica has been around since 1981, and they are one of the most commercially successful bands of all time, having sold over 120 millions records worldwide. They have won nine Grammy Awards, and taken the top spot on the Billboard charts numerous times. But in 2013, Metallica became the first band ever to have played on all seven continents when they did a show called “Freeze ‘Em All” in Antarctica.
Robert Downey Jr. – The fastest person to ever reach 1 million followers on Twitter
In a time where it seems like every celebrity already has an account on every social media site, Iron Man star, Robert Downey Jr. announced he was finally joining Twitter. Over a million people scrambled to click the follow button in less than 24 hours, making him the fastest person to ever reach 1 million followers on Twitter. As of today, he has only tweeted 63 times, and his following has grown to 2.64 million.