Friday, September 5, 2014

Celebrities breaking records for 2015

by Melissa Scott, Writing Intern


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Jennifer Lawrence may take much of the heat for the outbreak of celebrity nudes hacked earlier this week, but she has more important things to worry about—like her newly instated Guinness World Record.  

Guinness World Records 2015 is the 60th anniversary edition of the world’s best-selling copyrighted book, and will be available on September 11. The new edition boasts the latest and most astonishing facts, feats, and achievements, and also features new Augmented Reality (“AR”) technology. AR allows the reader to bring record-breakers to life in 3D. Guinness World Records solely recognizes worldwide records, surpassing national or country specific achievements. All Guinness World Records must also fulfill a number of key criteria, proving the accomplishment as based on a single variable, measurable, verifiable, and breakable.

A short preview of the celebrity and entertainment record-breakers from the past year circulated in anticipation of the upcoming Guinness World Records 2015 book launch. A sizable group made the cut, including feats pertaining to music, TV, film, social media, and even vulgarity.

The Oscar-winning Lawrence earned her place on the film pages for “highest-grossing action movie heroine.” The outstanding success of the first two movies in The Hunger Games franchise, focused on Lawrence’s portrayal of Katniss Everdeen, grossed more than $1.52 billion in total internationally. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was also the highest-grossing post-apocalypse movie. It earned over $420 million in the USA and raked in a steep $854 million worldwide. Considering Lawrence’s Katniss still has two more Hunger Games films to debut, her record-breaking feats may have just begun.

But while Lawrence’s place in the record book merits approbation, she isn’t the only one in the entertainment industry to rack up some firsts.

In, and of itself, an arguably record breaking year for TV, this year Game of Thrones triumphantly (and maybe unfortunately) grasped the “most pirated TV show.” The HBO fantasy drama accumulated 5.9 million illegal downloads per episode. “The last show of last season just on its own was downloaded one million times,” exclaimed Stuart Claxton, from Guinness Book of World Records. “[Game of Thrones] has gone global so people want to try and watch it as and when it comes out in the United States.” HBO and Warner Bros. executives controversially noted, “receiving the title of the ‘most-pirated’ was better than an Emmy,” attributing the record with creating a “much needed cultural buzz.”

Winding down a highly buzzworthy and contentious year of her own, Miley Cyrus’ popularity peak secured her a spot in the 2015 book as “most searched-for pop star on the Internet,” thanks partially to her 2013 VMA twerk debut, and “Wrecking Ball” video. Eminem managed to reach divine status, earning the record for the “most words in a hit single.” His song “Rap God” warranted the achievement, spittin’ 1,560 words in just six minutes and four seconds!

Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for MTV
Bands One Direction and Metallica rounded off the music industry breakthroughs. One Direction achieved honors of the “First act to debut at No. 1 with first three albums.” The band’s Midnight Memories, Up All Night and Take Me Home albums all marked an unprecedented hat trick of top debuts, on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Meanwhile, Metallica’s “Freeze ‘Em All” show in Antarctica last December scored them as the first and only band to ever perform aconcert on each of the Earth’s seven continents. Metallica band member James Hetfield ecstatically stated, “Seven continents in one year with Antarctica being the gig of a lifetime. Yes, 120 scientists and competition winners. Not to mention the 300 very curious penguins!”

Record breaking social media standouts included Shakira, Katy Perry, and Vin Diesel. International superstar Shakira set the social media record in “likes,” totaling 100 million likes on her Facebook page and bumping out Rihanna, making her the “most liked person on the platform” alongside “first to reach 1 million likes.” Katy Perry nicked musician with the “most Twitter followers” (tallying over 56 million), and Vin Diesel’s Facebook photo of himself and Paul Walker, shortly after Walker’s tragic death in November, earned the “most likes on an item.” The post gathered a total of 6.8 million likes.

And finally, not to be outdone, the DiCaprio-Scorcese movie The Wolf of Wall Street featured a count of over 687 swearwords throughout the film, averaging 3.81 curses per minute for “most swearing in one film” for 2015.

The record book proves an impressive year in accomplishments and oddities in entertainment.


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