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A FIRST PLAYABLE VINYL JIGSAW PUZZLE
In Sep 2016, Sugar Coat (UK) released a 7-inch version of “Me Instead” as a playable vinyl jigsaw. Showing a crowded supermarket scene, it was one of a set of 35 designs by the London-based trio to mark the release of their debut single. Other pressings included mirror and faux-fur designs, and one was sprinkled with coal dust.
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Most valuable vinyl record (single)
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UK, by a pre-Beatles Paul McCartney, John “ Lennon and George Harrison (alongside drummer Colin Hanton and pianist John t. “Duff” Lowe), the only known copy of The Quarrymen’s (UK) “That’ll Be the Day”/”In Spite of All the Danger” (1958) is worth an ^ estimated £100,000 ($124,400).
Youngest professional music producer
Brandon Bailey Johnson (USA) was 12 years 363 days old on the release of his self-produced debut album My Journey, on 21 Feb 2015.
Simultaneous entries on the UK albums chart
On the Official Albums Chart dated 21 Jan 2016, David Bowie (UK, b. David Jones) placed 19 albums in the Top 100. The iconic musician, who succumbed to cancer on 10 Jan 2016, owned a quarter of the Top 40, including his 25th studio album, Blackstar, which debuted at No.1 with sales of 146,168 – enough to give “The Thin White Duke” a 10th chart-topper in the UK.
Siblings to have solo hits on the Billboard charts
All nine children of Joe and Katherine Jackson -Rebbie, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, La Toya, Marlon, Michael, Randy and Janet (all USA) – have charted with solo recordings in the USA. Michael Jackson kicked off his family’s love affair with Billboard’s charts when “Got to Be There” entered at No.89 on the Hot 100 on 30 Oct 1971. Almost 45 years later, Tito Jackson’s “Get It Baby” completed the family set when it debuted at No.29 on Adult R&B Songs on 4 Jun 2016.
Simultaneous tracks on the UK Top 20 singles chart
On the Official Singles Chart dated 16 Mar 2017, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran had 16 tracks in the Top 20. They included the entire Top 5: “Shape of You” (No.1 for a ninth consecutive week), “Galway Girl” (No.2 – new entry), “Castle on the Hill” (No.3 – non-mover), “Perfect” (No.4 – new entry) and “New Man” (No.5 – new entry).
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Simultaneous tracks on the US singles chart by a solo artist
Drake (CAN, b. Aubrey Drake Graham) placed 24 tracks simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 on the chart dated 8 Apr 2017. In the process, he also claimed the all-time record for the most Hot 100 entries by a solo artist: 154.
Decades with a Top 20 hit on the US Hot Country Songs chart
Dolly Parton (USA) has had Top 20 hits for six consecutive decades (1960s-2010s). Her first Top 20 entry was “Something Fishy” in 1967, since when she’s been a credited artist on a further 73 Top 20 hits. A new version of her 1974 hit “Jolene” with a cappella quintet Pentatonix (USA) debuted at No.18 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart dated 8 Oct 2016. It was Dolly’s 107th chart entry -the most hits on the US Hot Country Songs chart by a female artist.
No.ls on the Billboard Tropical Albums chart
The “Gentleman of Salsa”, Gilberto Santa Rosa (PRI), achieved his 12th chart-topping album with Necesito un Bolero on 28 Feb 2015.
World Music Awards for Best-Selling Middle Eastern Artist
Egyptian singer-songwriter and “Father of Mediterranean Music” Amr Diab has been crowned four times: 1996, 2001, 2007 and 2013.
CDs consecutively signed by the artist
Mexican boy band CD9 signed 6,194 CDs nonstop in Mexico City, Mexico, on 25 Apr 2016.
The five-piece group autographed special-edition copies of their album Evolution during a session that lasted 4 hr 54 min.
Songs on a digital album
On 2 Dec 2016, The Pocket Gods (UK) reclaimed the record for the most songs on a digital album with the release of the 111-track 100xmas30.
The follow-up to 100×30 (2015) and Shakespeare Verses Streaming (2016) – both with 100 tracks – 100xmas30 saw the indie outfit continue their crusade against the digital music industry over royalty payments while taking back the record they lost to Kapten Hurricane (SWE) and their misleadingly titled 101-track digital album 100 Rock Songs (2016).
< MOST FOLLOWERS ON INSTAGRAM
As of 21 Feb 2017, singer and actor Selena Gomez (USA) had 110,607,553 followers on the photo-focused social network. This placed her ahead of fellow US singers Taylor Swift (97,854,110) and Ariana Grande (97,365,150). Gomez released three albums with Selena Gomez & the Scene; her first two solo albums, Stars Dance (2013) and Revival (2015), both debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Charlie Simpson (UK) – Oymyakon, Russia, 24 Nov 2012 – minus 30°C (minus 22°F)
Agonizer (FIN) -Pyhasalmi Mine Oy, Finland, 4 Aug 2007 -1,271 m (4,169 ft)
Deepest underwater (contained)
Katie Melua (UK, b. GEO) – Troll A gas rig, Bergen, Norway, 1 Oct 2006 -303 m (994 ft) below
Jamiroquai (UK) – Flight ZT6902 from Munich, Germany, 27 Feb 2007 -1,017 km/h (631.9 mph)
A HIGHEST ANNUAL EARNINGS EVER FOR A FEMALE POP STAR
Taylor Swift (USA) is estimated to have earned $170 m (£116.3 m) in the 12 months to 1 Jun 2016, according to Forbes. The singer-songwriter behind multi-million-selling hits such as “Shake It Off”, Swift holds numerous records including most weeks at No.1 on Billboard’s Artist 100 chart – 31, as of 25 Mar 2017.
A MOST DAESANGAWARDS WON AT THE MNET ASIA MUSIC AWARDS
At the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards, boy band EXO (KOR/CHN) won Album of the Year for EX’ACT. It was their fifth daesang (“grand prize”) at the annual awards ceremony, following previous Albums of the Year in 2013-15 and Artist of the Year in 2014. They matched the feat of BIGBANG (KOR, right), who won Song of the Year in 2007 and 2015 and Artist of the Year in 2008, 2012 and 2015.
On 3 Nov 2016, Elvis Presley (USA, 1935-77) scored his 13th No.1 on the UK’s Official Albums Chart with The Wonder of You, featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. “The King”, who was previously tied with Madonna on 12 solo album chart-toppers, achieved his first UK No.1 with Rock ■n Roll on 10 Nov 1956 -one week shy of 60 years before The Wonder of You.
► FIRST SONGWRITER TO WIN THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE
In 2016, Bob Dylan (USA, b. Robert Zimmerman) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for creating “new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. The singer-songwriter built his long and illustrious career on songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind”, “The Times They Are a-Changin’” and “Like a Rolling Stone”. He is the first songwriter to receive the Literature prize, initially awarded in 1901.
Michael Jackson (USA, 1958-2009) earned a staggering $825 m (£636 m) in the 12 months to 1 Oct 2016, according to Forbes. Jackson’s pre-tax payday was boosted by the $750-m (£578.2-m) sale of his half of the Sony/ATV Music Publishing catalogue, which includes the rights to The Beatles’ back catalogue. Jackson’s 2015-16 earnings make him the highest-earning celebrity ever – dead or alive – over a 12-month period.
As of 13 Apr 2017, “One Dance” by Drake (CAN) had been listened to 1,182,920,493 times on the music-streaming service. The dancehall track, featuring Wizkid and Kyla, appeared on the 2016 album Views.
On Billboard’s Streaming Songs chart dated 8 Apr 2017, 21 of the 22 tracks from Drake’s No.1 album More Life (2017) registered a record 384.8 million streams.