The Guinness Book of World Records is a longstanding entertainment institution stemming from the accomplishments of the world’s biggest, greatest, most sensationalist people, and the series’ upcoming 2015 edition holds fast to that tradition with new records having been set by musical acts Eminem, Metallica, One Direction, Miley Cyrus, Shakira, and Katy Perry. What are the records, you ask? Billboard has the answers:
Eminem set the record for “Most Words in a Hit Single” for his 2013 smash “Rap God,” which sets a pace of 1,560 words in just over six minutes.
Heavy metal veterans Metallica became the first band to perform on all seven continents last year after a show in Antarctica.
One Direction earned the somewhat more relevant record for being the first band to top the charts with their first three albums, while Miley Cyrus is the “Most Searched-For Pop Star on the Internet” (she can thank her “Wrecking Ball” music video and 2013 VMA performance for that one).
Shakira and Katy Perry both hit it big with social media records: Shakira is the most “liked” person on Facebook and Katy Perry has the most Twitter followers.
It’s always interesting to see what achievements of the world’s biggest music artists get picked out and “made official” with Guinness World Records, whether you’re genuinely interested, morbidly curious, or ironically excited. At any rate, only 12 more months to find out what next year’s edition will bring!