Many huge records have been set this year, by both celebrities and musicians.

Included in our top 10 are BTS, Daddy Yankee, Cardi B and more stars who have taken record-breaking to new heights in 2018.


Bangtan Boys (BTS)

South Korean boy band Bangtan Boys, or BTS (@bts_twt), are a worldwide phenomenon, and have one of the largest fan bases in the world, the self-proclaimed ‘BTS army’.

It thanks to their large following they have a number of social media records, which includes the Most Twitter engagements (average retweets) which, as of 23 April 2018, stood at 330,624.

Three of the band’s alternative Twitter accounts - @bts_love_myself, @bts_bighit and @BTS_jp_official - had amassed 88,281, 93,522 and 36,488 engagements, respectively, as of the same date.

BTS's fans also helped the septet take the record for Most viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours with their single 'IDOL', which achieved 45 million views from 24-25 August 2018.

However, this record was recently broken by Ariana Grande with her single thank u, next, which amassed 55.4 million views on YouTube in the 24 hours after it was uploaded on 30 November 2018.

However, IDOL still holds the record for Most viewed music video online in 24 hours by a K-pop group.

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Daddy Yankee

Puerto Rican musician, Daddy Yankee, has earned a total of 10 Guinness World Record titles, seven of which were for the hit song 'Despacito’ which he featured on.

Five of these were confirmed in 2018, including:

  • Most liked video online - 29,585,207 likes as of 31 August 2018 (*for Despacito) 
  • First YouTube video to receive 5 billion views - achieved on 4 April 2018 (*for Despacito) 
  • Most viewed video online - 5,003,945,241 views as of 6 April 2018 (*for Despacito) 
  • Most viewed music video online - 5,003,945,241 views as of 6 April 2018 (*for Despacito) 
  • Most viewed music video on YouTube (duet) - 5,003,945,241 views as of 6 April 2018 (*for Despacito) 

Luis Fonsi, the brains behind the song, has also been honoured with seven Guinness World Records titles.


Cardi B

After the release of Cardi B's new album Invasion of Privacy in April, the rap artist made music history by breaking Beyonce’s record for Most simultaneous Billboard US Hot 100 entries by a female.

With a total of 13 tracks, Cardi B bests Queen Bey’s claim of 12, which was achieved when she released her album Lemonade during the chart week of 14 May 2016.

Cardi B also broke at the beginning of the year in January, she became the Most simultaneous Billboard US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Top 10 entries by a female in one week since the list began thanks to her hit songs Finesse (Remix), No Limit, Bartier Cardi, Bodak Yellow and Motorsport.

Manual Do Mundo

Brazilian YouTube channel Manual Do Mundo, presented by Mariana Fulfaro and Iberê Thenório, celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. 

The channel, which has more than 10 million subscribers, celebrated the landmark occasion with a a special event in Tom Brasil, São Paulo. 

There, a Guinness World Records adjudicator presented them with an official certificate for having achieved the Most subscribers for a Portuguese language science and technology channel on YouTube.

Dolly Parton

Country legend, singer-songwriter Dolly Parton, was recognised in 2018 for holding records for the Most decades with a Top 20 hit on the US Hot Country Songs chart and Most hits on the US Hot Country Songs chart by a female artist.

To make it official, Guinness World Records visited Dolly in Nashville, Tennessee, to present her with record title certificates and sit down for an exclusive interview.

Dolly Parton receives her certificates from an official Guinness World Records adjudicator

Beating out fellow country music icons, George Jones, Elvis Presley and Reba McEntire, Parton’s is the only artist with Top 20 hits on across six consecutive decades (1960s–2010s)

The 2016 remastered version of "Jolene" was also Dolly’s 107th chart entry, solidifying her second record title for the Most hits on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart by a female artist.

Parton’s first hit on this record-breaking list was her 1967 debut, Dumb Blonde.

Kylie Jenner

Socialite Kylie Jenner shattered the record for the having the Most liked image on Instagram after amassing more than 18 million likes for a post announcing the birth of her daughter, Stormi.

Captioned “Stormi Webster”, the photo released on 6 February has beaten Beyonce’s pregnancy post from February 2017 which attracted 7.4 million likes.

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Stormi is the name of the 20-year-old’s first child, which was publicised just a few days after confirming rumours she was pregnant.

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Madonna, the Queen of Pop, turned 60 this year on the 16 August.

We celebrated her milestone birthday with ten of her most staggering records, which document her hugely successful music career.

Her records include Highest-grossing music tour (female), Most remixed act, Most US top 40 singles entries by a female artist, Most No.1 albums by a female artist (UK albums chart) and many more!

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TAG from New Line Cinema and Warner Brothers

Though a celebrity doesn't hold this record, the stars of the movie Tag helped break it, completing the world’s Largest game of freeze tag to help celebrate the film’s release.

Cast members Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Jake Johnson, and Hannibal Buress joined in the fun at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas, US, were 661 participants took part in the game.

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The record was inspired by the film’s plot, which consists of five best friends running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade each month of the year.

However, this record has since been broken by IBO Duffel in September with 1,393 participants. 

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Tony Bennett

92-year-old Tony Bennett has been a house hold name for years after the enduring success of this music. 

In 2018 he achieved the record for the Longest time between the release of an original recording and a re-recording of the same single by the same artist after his latest inclusion of Fascinating Rhythm on the album, 68 years and 342 days after the first version was released in 1949 under his stage name of Joe Bari.

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The achievement is Bennett's fourth Guinness World Records title, three of which he currently holds. 

Bennett currently holds records for being the Oldest person to reach No.1 on the US album chart with a newly recorded album for Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek and Longest time between UK top 20 albums (39 years). Previously he was also the Oldest person to enter the UK top 20 album chart with Duets: An American Classic when he was 80 years old.


Stan Lee

Lastly, 2018 was the year that Stan Lee, the mastermind of Marvel comics, sadly passed away at age 95.

Lee was the creator of more comic-book characters than any other person, and was the owner of multiple Guinness World Records certificates.

Stan Lee Guinness World Records certificate

His records include the Largest graphic novel publishedMost movies adapted from the work of a comic book creatorHighest-grossing executive producerHighest-grossing actors at the global box office (cameos)

But primarily, thanks to his position as chief writer then publisher at Marvel, Lee was the Most prolific creator (or co-creator) of comic book characters, introducing more than 340 superheroes and villains to pop culture, including the Avengers, Black Panther, the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and the X-Men. 

Find more celebrity and music records in Guinness World Records 2019, which is out now.

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