NBC’s The Voice achieved social media success during its sixth season, earning Guinness World Records recognition as the Most tweeted TV series in one minute, generating 310,000 tweets across the US in 60 seconds.
Occurring during their live semi-final results show on May 13, 2014, the record-breaking feat was likely a result of their “Instant Save,” which allows viewers the chance to tweet votes and determine the fate of performers competing during the live broadcast;
In a successful attempt to circumvent TV piracy, which earned the show a Guinness World Records title for Most pirated TV programme, HBO’s global hit Game of Thrones broadcast episode one of season five in a staggering 173 countries simultaneously, thwarting the pirates and earning the record title forLargest TV drama simulcast. ‘Thrones beat the previous record by two countries, set by CSI just five weeks earlier
Some of music’s biggest superstars are also recognised. Taylor Swift has added to her haul of awards by banking the Most million-selling weeks on US albums charts. The only act to hold three million selling weeks, the “Shake It Off” star achieved the rare feat with first-week sales of her albums Speak Now, Red and 1989.
Despite not releasing a new album since 1999, Dr. Dre earned the Guinness World Records title for Highest earnings ever for a musician.
According to Forbes, the hip-hop musician and producer raked in an estimated pre-tax earnings of $620 million, primarily from the sale of Beats Electronics to Apple in May 2014.
In the UK, Ed Sheeran takes his place in the record books for Longest time to reach Number 1 on the UK singles charts with his track ‘Thinking out loud’ reaching top spot in 19 weeks. Elsewhere, Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About That Base’ earns her the record for First song to reach the UK top 40 on streams alone.
The title for First person to reach 100 million "likes" on an official Facebook page belongs to Colombian vocalist Shakira, who reached the landmark in July 2014. As of 5 February 2015, the "Hips Don't Lie" star had amassed 107,142,986 "likes". Only two Facebook pages have more "likes" than Shakira's - Facebook for Every Phone (547,111,981) and Facebook itself (169,250,505).
Modern Family star Sofia Vergara celebrates her third year as the Highest earning actress in a current TV series, earning a huge £21.7 million in 2014, surpassing her own record of £19.1 million in 2013.
Once again, she earned more than her male counter-part, ‘Two And A Half Men’ actor, Ashton Kutcher, who earned £16.5 million achieving him the title for Highest earnings for a television actor in a current series. Both have some work to do if they are to surpass Jerry Seinfeld’s all time record of a jaw-dropping £159.5 million back in 1998!
YouTube sensation PewDiePie, pictured above, wins his place with his 36 million + subscribers on YouTube earning him the title for Most subscribers on YouTube - more subscribers than Taylor Swift and One Direction, combined!
Powerhouse athletes join Hollywood’s elite in the star studded pages of the 2016 edition. Despite a devastating loss to the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLIX – which was the Most watched sporting event with 114 million US viewers –Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is the First player with 300 yards passing and 100 yards rushing in a game, which he achieved during a game against the St. Louis Rams on October 19, 2014.
Tied with Peyton Manning, Wilson also shares the record for Most touchdowns thrown by a first-year quarterback at 26. On his record achievements, Russell said: "How awesome is this! I can’t wait to get a copy of the book".
Other stand-out entertainment records to grace the pages of Guinness World Records 2016 include:
- •Highest annual earnings for an actress – Sandra Bullock
- •Most bankable Hollywood actor – Brad Pitt
- •Most languages featured on a single – Frozen’s “Let It Go”
- •First major series to premiere on an online streaming service & First web-only series to win an Emmy Award – House of Cards
- •Longest uninterrupted broadcast of a TV franchise – The Simpsons who broadcast every episode from August 21 – September 1, 2014
- •Most debuts at No.1 on the US album chart by a rap artist – Jay-Z debuting at No.1 13 times
Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, said: “The entertainment industry often provides the most fast paced changes at the cutting edge of record-breaking – whether it is digital music downloads, YouTube hits, IMAX releases or social media followings. The global public never tire of reading about their favourite stars, and Guinness World Records is more than happy to chronicle their success.”
The 2016 Guinness World Records book and Gamer’s Edition are available to buy on September 10th – click here to find out more or pre-order a copy.