The 2016 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records is out this month (Sept. 10), and while there are some interesting changes — like Game of Thrones edging out CSI for largest TV drama simulcast — Shakira holds court as the planet’s most “liked” person on Facebook.
With 107,142,986 “likes,” the Colombian superstar is the undisputed queen of the social network. Cristiano Ronaldo follows, with 102,782,118 likes. According to Guinness, only two Facebook pages have more “likes” than Shakira’s: Facebook for Every Phone (547,111,981) and Facebook itself (169,250,505).
Shakira first broke the Facebook record in July 2014, becoming the first person to attract more than 100 million likes on an official Facebook page, a massive following no doubt boosted by her participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In fact, her most popular post to date is a photo she shared from Rio de Janeiro’s Maracaná stadium ahead of her performance in the World Cup’s closing ceremony. That image alone garnered 3.5 million likes in four days.
“I am honored and humbled about reaching this milestone, because it’s one that’s purely about connecting with my fans from all parts of the globe,” Shakira said in an official statement in July 2014, adding that, “social media and specifically Facebook has helped myself and other artists bridge the gap between the stage and the audience. We’ve been able to create a conversation, where both artists and fans can share with one another their thoughts, achievements, the most important moments of their lives in photographs and videos, and have a real, ongoing dialogue.”
In the 2015 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, she was still No. 1 on Facebook, a title that remains undisputed as the latest edition goes on sale.
Earlier this year, Shakira got her three records framed and proudly shared this post with her fans:
Dr. Dre also has a cool record to brag about: “highest earnings ever for a musician ($620 million in pre-tax earnings, according to Forbes, mostly from the sale of Beats Electronics to Apple in May 2014). Impressive, considering he had not released a new album since 1999 and re-emerged with this year’s Compton.
Taylor Swift has the “most million-selling weeks on U.S. albums charts” (three) for her first-week sales of Speak Now, Red and 1989.
Jay Z has “most debuts at No.1 on the U.S. album chart by a rap artist” with a grand total of 13.
NBC’s The Voice is the “most-tweeted TV series in one minute,” generating 310,000 tweets across the U.S. in 60 seconds during the show’s live semifinal results show on May 13, 2014.
Another interesting, less predictable category related to music this year is “greatest distance between people singing a duet,” which goes to Andres Evans in Gaiman, Argentina and Shan Cothi in Cardiff, U.K., who sang a Welsh hymn together while being 7,531 miles apart. And yet they sound like they’re in the same recording booth! The special duet, recorded as part of BBC Music Day 2015, coincided with the 150th anniversary of the first Welsh settlers in Patagonia.
Check out the cool video below: