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Do you know what the best selling album is? Or the highest grossing film in history? Or who wore the most expensive dress ever sold? Here are some of the best pop culture records 

To celebrate 60 years of the Guinness Book Of World Records we have delved into their archives and picked out some of the best, craziest and most peculiar records from around the world. This time we deal with all things pop culture! 



The Metacritic score for Season Five of Breaking Bad exactly matches the purity level of main character Walter White’s crystal meth: 99 per cent. A perfect mix of drama, suspense and black humour, with slick scripts and three-dimensional characters, the show has been widely lauded. This is reflected in its record-breaking rating on the reviews website, which compiles the votes of critics and viewers from all over the world. We imagine Walt would have one thing to say about it: “I won!”


From Thriller, we learnt that Billie Jean was not Michael Jackson’s lover and that the kid was not his son. This seminal album has sold the most copies in music history, 109,000,000 copies, though the exact number has been contested – much like the paternity of the kid. 


The first music video IN SPACE

Chris Hadfield, former commander of the ISS, loves to shoot videos at work. His cover of David Bowie’s Space Oddity was the first music video recorded from space.


The LONGEST Music Video 

Pharrell Williams holds the record for longest music video, clocking in at a whopping 24 hours. The video for “Happy”, released in 2013, was the first ever 24 hour video. The track was looped 360 times to achieve the record.

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Most EXPENSIVE INSTRUMENT sold at auction 

Is actually a violin, the Lady Blunt’ Stradivarius was sold to its new owner for an eye-watering £9,808,000 ($15,875,800) by Tarisio Auctions (USA) in London, UK, on June 20, 2011. All proceeds went to charity. 


Highest BODY COUNT in a slasher film

The honour goes to the 2011 film The Summer of Massacre directed by Joe Castro. 155 were given a movie death over the course of the film. It has a modest 2.5 out of 10 rating on IMDb, so watch it if you dare… 


Most EXPENSIVE DRESS sold at auction

The ivory rayon-acetate dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch (1955) raised $4.6 million (£2.8 million) at an auction held at The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles, California, USA, on June 18, 2011. 

Highest BOX OFFICE FILM GROSS at opening weekend 

Inception currently holds this crown according to Guiness World Records. The film racked up a record-breaking $62,785,337 (£41,021,400), across 3,792 cinemas, on its opening weekend of 16­-18 July 2010. It also went on to win four Oscars. 


MOST SWEARING in one film

This naughty honour goes to the apply named Swearnet: The Movie. The 2014 film, directed by Warren Sonoda, features 868 expletives.



Brit Greg Parmley holds this record, going to 13 countries in one month between 24 June and 23 July 2011.

The festivals were: Glastonbury, Hard Rock Calling, Graspop Metal Meeting, Rock a Field, Pennenzakkenrock, Werchter, Summerjam, Rheinkultur, With Full Force, Rock or People, Malta, Pohoda, Balaton Sound, Exit, Metalcamp, Garden Festival, Umbria Jazz, Moon and Stars, Montreux Jazz, Gurtenfestival, Live at Sunset, Paleo Festival Nyon, Secret Garden Festival, Redfest, ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror and High Voltage Festival

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08 2015 The Red Bulletin 

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