Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, BTS and Ed Sheeran top the list of music artists to make it into the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2019 (GWR2019) edition.



London, UK (22 August 2018) – Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, BTS and Ed Sheeran top the list of music artists to make it into the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2019 (GWR2019) edition.

To celebrate the release, Guinness World Records (GWR) have created The Year in Pop Spotify playlist, giving Spotify users the opportunity to listen to the ultimate record-breaking playlist. The Year in Pop reviews the musicians that feature in GWR2019; from Twitter followers to album sales, the GWR2019 music pages celebrates all kinds of record-breaking achievements of this year in music. 

Arriving in shops on 6 September, GWR2019 features a brand-new selection of achievements from the world’s biggest celebrities and pop culture icons, spanning music, TV, film, and more. Today, Guinness World Records can reveal some of those who have made the cut. 

Singing his way into the record books yet again is Justin Bieber, but this time, it’s alongside Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. “Despacito” earned the title for Most streamed track worldwide and marks Justin’s 21st GWR title. Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift have also made it into the record books with an impressive set of four new titles each, whilst K-pop phenomenon BTS make their GWR debut. 

Most streamed track worldwide – (4.6bn) “Despacito (remix)” by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber 

Best-selling digital single worldwide (current year) – (26.6m) Ed Sheeran for “Shape of You” 

Most weeks in the Top 10 of the US Hot 100 – (33 weeks) Ed Sheeran for “Shape of You” 

Most streamed track on Spotify – (1,655,258,694) Ed Sheeran for “Shape of You” 

Biggest-selling album worldwide (current year) – (6.1m) Ed Sheeran “Divide” 

Most streamed track in one-week (female) – (84.4m) Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” 

Most watched video online in 24 hours – (43.2m) Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” 

Most streamed track on Spotify in the first 24 hours – (8m) Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” 

Most watched video on VEVO in 24 hours – (39m) Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” 

Most viewed music video online in 24 hours by a K-pop group – (21m) “DNA” by BTS 

Most Twitter engagements (average retweets)BTS registered 330,624 engagements on Twitter, overtaking Harry Styles who had 147,653 engagements on the same date 

Most Latin Grammy Award wins by a femaleShakira won her 11th award at the 18th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, taking home the Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album for her album, “El Dorado” 

Longest stay on the US Hot Latin Songs chart by a single artist – 22 weeks by J Balvin with “Ginza” 

Most consecutive weeks on the US singles chart (multiple singles)Drake with a total of 431 weeks – eight years and 88 days – on the Billboard Hot 100 

Highest annual earnings for a band (current year)Coldplay made £68.53 million 

Most decades with a Top 20 hit on the US Hot Country Songs chartDolly Parton scored her 107th entry with a version of “Jolene” released with acapella quintet, Pentatonix 

Most weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 – singles (current year) – (87) “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons 

Most followers on Instagram – (120,135,089 followers) Selena Gomez 

First person with 100 million followers on InstagramSelena Gomez 

Most followers on Instagram for a music group – (17,229,071 followers) One Direction 

Most followers on Twitter for a DJ – (22,205,936 followers) David Guetta 

First user to reach 100 million followers on TwitterKaty Perry 

Most viewed music channel on YouTube (group) – (9,035,970,802 video views) - Maroon 5 

Fastest time for a video to reach 1 billion viewsAdele with “Hello” 

Most popular snapchat name (music)Snoop Dogg “@snoopdogg213” 

Most Tony Award nominations for a musical“Hamilton” with 16 nominations 

Most Grammy Award nominations for a female artistBeyoncé received her 63rd Grammy nomination 

Most UK chart singles by a songwriterSir Paul McCartney has written or co-written 192 songs that have charted on the UK’s Official Singles Chart 

All figures correct as of May 2018 

Further GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2019 chapters include Universe, Planet earth, Science, Social media, Film, Sports and ‘Do try this at home’ as well as the latest record holders in classic GWR categories - Human Body, awesome Big Stuff and Collections. 

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2019 (£20) is available for purchase in stores and online from 6 September 2018, with discounts widely available.



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