By James Dinh
Some celebrities make sex tapes. Others bombard award-show speeches. But to make an absolute permanent mark on history, you have to break into the Guinness Book of World Records. In the 2010 edition of the book, Britney Spears, Rihanna and Katy Perry are just a few acts to make a name for themselves in the legendary compendium of human extremes. But unlike skateboarder and MTV personality Rob Dyrdek (who holds the record for the highest skateboard ramp jump into water) or his bodyguard Big Black (who ate three bananas in 1 minute), these stars are recognized for accomplishments that are a little more conventional.
For example, Britney Spears’ record is based entirely on her groundbreaking sales figures. Brit is noted for being the youngest female artist to have five of her albums reach #1. She also moved an estimated 37 million records worldwide before turning 20, making her the “all-time best-selling teenage artist.” Take that, Miley!
While Ho Hung Hee set the record for making the most expensive umbrella in the world (a whopping $2,000), Rihanna’s rain-related entry is a little more impressive. Her title is based on the 2.5 million downloads of “Umbrella” she sold overseas from September of 2005 to the end of 2008, making her the “Best-Selling Download Female Artist in the U.K.”
Oasis carries the record for “Longest Top 10 U.K. Chart Run By A Group,” with a string of 22 hits to their name — ironic considering they just disbanded.
As of 2001, the longest kiss ever recorded lasted 30 hours and 59 minutes. Katy Perry probably hasn’t ever kissed a girl for that long, but she does take the title of “Best Start on the U.S. Digital Chart by a Female Artist.” Perry moved a total of 2 million copies of her first two singles “I Kissed A Girl” and “Hot N Cold.”