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(Main source: The Guiness World Record Book)

TITLES CONTAINING NAMES (UK Charts)
the act with the most hits which contain a name
The Everly Brothers win with 6 :- "Wake Up Little Susie" (1957), "Claudette" (1958), "Take A Message To Mary" (1959), "Poor Jenny" (1959), "Cathy's Clown" (1960) and "Lucille" (1960).

LONGEST TITLES (UK Charts)
The Face's / Rod Stewart's 1974 No. 12 hit "You Can Make Me Dance Sing Or Anything (Even Take The Dog For A Walk, Mend A Fuse, Fold Away The Ironing Board, Or Any Other Domestic Shortcomings)" has a staggering 115 letters (punctuations don't count!).
The 2 longest un-bracketed titles:
The Charlatans "I Never Want An Easy Life If Me And He Were Ever To Get There" (47 letters). It made no. 38 in Mar 1994.
BUT
The Freshies' 1981 release "I'm In Love With The Girl On A Certain Manchester Megastore Checkout Desk" (60 letters) peaked at number 54!

LONGEST TITLES TO REACH No.1 (UK Charts)

(source: Colin )
LONGEST
1st with 54 letters, 58 counting the brackets.
"Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen): The Sunscreen Song (Class of 99)" ~ Baz Luhrmann
2nd with 45 letters, 47 counting the brackets.
"San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)" - Scott McKenzie

BY A GROUP
with 39 letters each:
"Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" ~ Bombalurina (1990)
and
"If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next" ~ The Manic Street Preachers (1998)
BY A FEMALE
41 letters counting the 2 Brackets - otherwise she equals the 2 by Groups with 39 letters.
I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair) ~ Sandi Thom (2006)

SHORTEST TITLES (UK Charts)
The titles of three hits have consisted of just one character:
"7" - by Prince & The New Power Generation (No. 27, December 1992)
"U" - by Loni Clark (No. 28, January 1994)
"X" - by Xzibit (No. 14, March 2001).
Shortest No.1 title is
"If" by Telly Savalas (No. 1, Feb 1975).

WORLD RECORDS

MOST SUCCESSFUL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Mariah Carey with the most successful female solo artist . In 2000, she received the Best Selling Pop-Female Artist of the Millennium award for being the best selling female pop artist of all time. In 2003, she also became the first female artist to receive the Chopard Diamond World Music Award, for sales surpassing 150 million albums. She has sold a total of eighty-five million records in the U.S. (sixty-four million albums and twenty-one million singles) and over 215 million records worldwide, (165 million albums plus 50 million singles); Also Mariah Carey
is the most successful international artist ever in Japan, with sales of over twelve million.

BEST SELLING ALBUM BY A LATIN ARTIST
Mexican-born Carlos Santana's Supernatural album released in June 1999 has sold 14 million copies in the USA. Born in Autlán de Navarro, Mexico, on July 20, 1947, Carlos Santana founded the Santana Blues Band with jamming partners David Brown, Greg Rolie, Rod Harper, and Tom Frazer. Their constantly changing line-up experimented with blues, acid rock, Latin, and African music, and their 1968 debut as Santana in San Francisco won a standing ovation. Santana's hit album Supernatural won nine Grammys at the 42nd annual Grammy awards in 2000, including Album Of the Year, Best Rock Album, Record Of The Year, and Song Of The Year for "Smooth" Santana's collaboration with Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas

BEST SELLING CANTO-POP FEMALE
Faye Wong of Hong Kong, sold an estimated 9.7 million copies of her 20 albums by March 2000 and is one of the first women to dominate Hong Kong's recording industry. Her album Lovers & Strangers, released in September 1999, has sold over 800,000 copies so far and reached No.1 in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia. Her first CD, Shirley Wong (her then stage name) was released in 1989 and two more followed over the next 12 months. She has gone on to record over 15 more albums.

BEST SELLING RAÏ ARTIST
Algerian Raï singer Khaled has sold over 3 million albums worldwide. In 1999 Khaled appeared in concert with fellow Algerian stars Rachid Taha and Faudel. The resulting live album, 1, 2, 3 Soleils, clocked-up global sales of 1 million.

BEST SELLING REGGAE ALBUM
Legend (1984) by Bob Marley has had certified sales of 1.8 million in the UK, and has sold more than 10 million copies in the USA. The album's ... The album's tracks include "No Woman No Cry" and "One Love". Marley was awarded the Jamaican Order Of Merit after his death in 1981 and is officially known as "The Honorable Bob Marley". In 1977 whilst being treated for a foot injury, Marley was diagnosed as having cancer, but refused to undergo any treatment. By the time he passed away in 1981, he had been awarded the UN Peace Medal on behalf of 500 million Africans in 1978 for his humanitarian achievements, drawn an audience bigger than the Pope's in Milan, fathered eleven children by seven different women, and sold tens of millions of records worldwide.

BEST-SELLING BIG-BEAT ALBUM
The best selling big beat album is Fatboy Slim's ''You've Come A Long Way Baby'', which was released in October 1998 and has sold over three million copies worldwide, with sales of one million in the UK alone. The album includes many chart hits including "Right Here, Right Now", "Praise You", and "The Rockafeller Skank". "The Rockafeller Skank" was decreed single of the year by USA Today and has even been played by Ross on Friends!

BEST-SELLING DRUM 'N' BASS ALBUM
The best selling drum 'n' bass album is New Forms by Reprazent, which has sold a total of 763,910 albums around the world. They sold 250,000 within the UK and 513,910 worldwide. Reprazent, based in Bristol, England, is made up of Roni Size, Krust, DJ Die, Suv, MC Dynamite, and vocalist Onallee. They were formed in 1992, when Roni and Krust joined forces, having met previously when Krust had booked a hall for a club night and hired Roni's sound system. Although they formed their own label, Full Cycle, in 1993, they also released records on V Recordings, including the early classic Music Box. In June, 1997, Reprazent released their album New Forms on the Talkin Loud label, gaining instant success and recognition.

BEST-SELLING FEMALE LATIN SINGER
Cuban-born singer Gloria Estefan is the most successful female Latin artist in the world. Her current total world sales stand at more than 35 million. In the USA she has amassed eight gold albums, four of which have passed the three million sales mark - Primitive Love (1985), Let It Loose (1987), Cuts Both Ways (1989) and Greatest Hits (1992). In the UK her Anything For You (aka Let It Loose) and Cuts Both Ways both sold more than one million copies. In 1990 Estefan was presented with a Golden Globe award for album sales outside the USA.

BEST-SELLING HIP-HOP/RAP ALBUM IN THE USA
The best selling rap /R&B album ever in the US is CrazySexyCool by TLC which has reached sales of 11 million, surpassing MC Hammer's Please Don't Hurt 'Em which has sold 10 million units. TLC first hit the music world in 1992 with two consecutive Top 3 platinum singles, "Ain't Too Proud To Beg", "Baby, Baby, Baby", and the gold single "What About Your Friends". All three tracks featured on their album debut Oooooooohhh! On The TLC Tip, which sold three million copies. This hard-hitting trio have so far released three albums, the last being Fanmail in 1999. Although quiet of late, the sisters of swing are rumored to have something in the pipeline with En Vogue.

BEST-SELLING LATIN MALE SINGER
Spanish singer Julio Iglesias is the most successful Latin music star in the world, with reported global sales of over 200 million albums. Julio (1987) was the first foreign-language album to sell more than two million copies in the USA and the only foreign language record to go double platinum there.

BEST-SELLING US SOLO COUNTRY ALBUM
The best-selling country album in the USA by a solo artist is Shania Twain's Come On Over, which had sold a record total of 18 million copies in the USA as of June 15, 2000. The hit album remained in the Top 30 of the Billboard 200 chart after 122 weeks of release. Worldwide sales have topped 26 million. Born Eileen Regina Edwards on August 28, 1965 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Shania Twain is one of the few country artists who have made the successful crossover into pop.

BIGGEST ALL-TIMES SALES FOR A BAND
The Beatles have amassed the greatest sales for any group. All-time sales have been estimated by EMI at over one billion discs and tapes to date. In 2001, they had been certified for album sales of 163.5 million in the US alone. The band has numerous other world records, including that for most recorded song - Lennon and McCartney's "Yesterday" had 1,600 versions recorded between 1965 and January 1, 1986. Also, their album titled 1, released on November 13, 2000, sold 13.5 million copies around the world in its first month, making it the fastest-selling album.

BIGGEST SELLING ALBUM BY A BOY BAND
The Backstreet Boys - Nick, Kevin, Brian, A.J. and Howie - released their Millennium album in 1999, and achieved record-breaking sales of 13 million by March 2001. The Backstreet Boys may be the biggest boy band of the new millennium, but their success had to start somewhere. In the early 90s AJ, Howie, and Nick used to bump into each other at acting auditions. They began hanging out together and started singing. Soon after, Kevin Richardson and his cousin, Brian Littrell, joined in too. The band began performing in their high school gym and at various events like Grad night at Sea World. However, it was thanks to a special fan - who made a call to Jive Records - that the boys then scored a recording contract.

BIGGEST SELLING COUNTRY ALBUM BY A GROUP
The biggest selling album by a country group is Wide Open Spaces by the Dixie Chicks (1998), which had sold 8 million copies by December 1999. Within a year of release, the record had gone quadruple-platinum and earned a Grammy for Best Country Album. The Dixie Chicks (their name is inspired by the Little Feat song, "Dixie Chickens") formed in 1989, when fiddler Martie Seidel and her banjo-playing sister, Emily Erwin, got together with bassist Laura Lynch and guitarist Robin Lynn Macy.

BIGGEST SELLING SINGLE BY A FEMALE GROUP
The best-selling single ever by a female group is "Wannabe" which was released by the Spice Girls in July 1996. It spent seven weeks at No.1 in the UK, selling 1.2 million copies, and hit No.1 in a further 31 countries. The Spice Girls were formed in 1993 when Victoria Adams, Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, and Gerry Halliwell all answered an ad in the theatre journal The Stage for streetwise, outgoing, and ambitious girls who could sing and dance. Emma Bunton joined at a later date, and Simon Fuller managed the group.

BIGGEST-SELLING ALBUM EVER
The best-selling album of all time is Thriller by Michael Jackson (USA), with global sales of over 110 million copies to date since 1982. The success of the album also helped Jackson win a record eight Grammy Awards in 1984.

FASTEST RAP ARTIST
Rebel XD (Seandale Price) from Chicago, Illinois, USA, beat his own record and rapped 683 syllables in 54.501 seconds on the set of Guinness World Records: Primetime in Los Angeles on June 24, 1998. This equals 12.5 syllables per second. He previously rapped 674 syllables in 54.9 seconds in 1992, which works out at 12.2 syllables per second. Rebel XD reckons he was born to entertain. His mother has told him that as a baby he would sit in front of the stereo all day listening to music. At school, he wrote love poems for his friends to give to their girlfriends. Born on the south side of Chicago, he began rapping in seventh grade, combining his love of poetry and music. He is now focusing on establishing a rap career of his own and says that his dream is to be heard and appreciated for his talents, "You have to keep on living, being strong and try to survive."

FASTEST SELLING POP ALBUM
The record for the greatest first week sales of an album in the US is held by *NSYNC. The group, JC Chasez, Justin Timberlake, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, and James Lance Bass, sold 2.41 million copies of their album No Strings Attached when it was released on March 21, 2000. It sold a record one million copies on the first day, shipped a record seven million in the first two weeks and sold over 100,000 copies a week for a record 26 successive weeks. The album entered the charts at No. 1.

FASTEST-SELLING RAP ARTIST
Ahem… May I have your attention please? Here's a little lesson on the real Slim Shady. Born October 17, 1973, in Kansas City, Missouri, Marshall Bruce Mathers III was shuffled in and out of trailer parks as a child before his mother settled in Detroit when he was 12. He wrote his first rap song at 14, and dropped out of high school when he hit the ninth grade. Eminem was discovered by hip-hop legend Dr Dre.

HIGHEST EVER ANNUAL EARNINGS BY A GIRL BAND
The Spice Girls ranked 20th on Forbes magazine's list of the 40 richest entertainers of 1998, with an income of £29.6 million($49 million). The Spice Girls were formed in 1993 when Victoria Addams, Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, and Geri Halliwell all answered an ad in a UK theatre journal for "streetwise, outgoing and ambitious" girls who could sing and dance. Emma Bunton joined at a later date and the group, managed by Simon Fuller, released their debut single "Wannabe" in July 1996, which went to No. 1 in the UK, the USA, and another 30 countries. Their album also went top of the US charts - the first UK act to ever do so with a debut release. The group received incredible media coverage, comparable to The Beatles at the height of their fame. Spiceworld also went to number one in six countries. The band parted company with manager Simon Fuller in 1997 and Geri Halliwell in May 1998. Although still officially together the rest of the band are now pursuing solo projects.

LONGEST MUSIC VIDEO
Michael Jackson's part feature film, part music video, Ghosts (USA, 1996), is 35 min long and was based on an original concept by horror writer Stephen King. Jackson plays five different roles in the video, directed by Stan Winston.

LONGEST-RUNNING ROCK GROUP FAN CLUB
The Official Queen Fan Club was set up in 1973 after the release of the band's first album. At its peak, membership reached 20,000 - this number is ... The Official Queen Fan Club was set up in 1973 after the release of the band's first album. At its peak, membership reached 20,000 - this number is now around 9,500.

MOST AWARDS WON BY A CANTO-POP MALE ARTIST
By April 2000, Hong Kong crooner Andy Lau had won an unprecedented 292 awards, for a singing career that began in 1988. Since 1992, Lau has appeared ... By April 2000, Hong Kong crooner Andy Lau had won an unprecedented 292 awards, for a singing career that began in 1988. Since 1992, Lau has appeared in concert 179 times

MOST BRIT AWARDS WON IN A YEAR BY A GROUP
British band Blur holds the record for the most wins in a year, with four in 1995.

MOST CHARTED ARTIST
Elvis Presley's records spent a cumulative total of 1,155 weeks on the UK singles chart since his first hit Heartbreak Hotel released on May ... Elvis Presley's records spent a cumulative total of 1,155 weeks on the UK singles chart since his first hit Heartbreak Hotel released on May 11, 1956

MOST CHRISTMAS NO.1 SINGLES IN UK CHART
The Beatles have had four No.1 UK Christmas singles: "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" "I Feel Fine" (1964), "Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out" (1965), and "Hello Goodbye" (1967).

MOST CONSECUTIVE CHRISTMAS NO.1 SINGLES - UK
Both The Beatles and The Spice Girls have had three consecutive Christmas No. 1 singles. The "Fab Four" had their festive hit run from 1963 to 1965, while The Spice Girls topped the Christmas chart from 1996 to 1998.

MOST CONSECUTIVE NO.1 SINGLES IN THE UK CHART
The record for the most consecutive No. 1s in the UK charts is held by The Beatles, who had 11 hits in a row between 1963 and 1966 (from "From ... (from "From Me to You" through to "Yellow Submarine"). From wholesome mop-top family favorites to psychedelic new-wave rock 'n' rollers, The Beatles may have had plenty of image changes but their commercial success has remained constant. The band was originally known as The Quarry Men, later they changed their line-up and their name to become The Silver Beatles, then they eventually were known as The Beatles

MOST CONSECUTIVE WEEKS ON UK SINGLES CHART
Elvis Presley is the artist with the most consecutive weeks in the UK chart. His 13 hit singles, from "A Mess Of Blues", in 1960, to "One More Broken Heart For Sale", in 1963, spent an unbroken 144 weeks in the chart.

MOST EXPENSIVE MUSIC VIDEO
Directed by USA's Mark Romanek, the video for Michael and Janet Jackson's hit single "Scream" (1995) cost $7 million to make. ... Directed by USA's Mark Romanek, the video for Michael and Janet Jackson's hit single "Scream" (1995) cost $7 million to make.

MOST EXPENSIVE POP MUSIC SPECIAL EFFECTS
The video for What's It Gonna Be? by Busta Rhymes and Janet Jackson, directed by Hype Williams, cost $2.4 million to make. Computer-morphing ... The video for What's It Gonna Be? by Busta Rhymes and Janet Jackson, directed by Hype Williams, cost $2.4 million to make. Computer-morphing effects accounted for much of this expenditure. The video was inspired by the Terminator movies. It contains astonishing special effects of Busta Rhymes morphing into shape from a liquid base. The track was taken from Busta's millennium-themed album ELE - The Final World Front

MOST EXPENSIVE POP STAR CLOTHING
An outfit worn by Geri Halliwell for the Spice Girls' 1997 Brit Awards performance was sold for a record £41,320 (US$66,112) at Sotheby's, London, ... An outfit worn by Geri Halliwell for the Spice Girls' 1997 Brit Awards performance was sold for a record £41,320 (US$66,112) at Sotheby's, London, UK, on Sept 16, 1998.

MOST FAN CLUBS
There are more than 613 active Elvis Presley fan clubs worldwide, accounting for a total membership 510,489. The longest running of these is the French "La Voix d'Elvis", founded in January, 1956, by Evelyne Bellemin. It currently has 30 members. His fans take all kinds of guises -there's even a group parachuting Elvis impersonators called the "Flying Elvi", the 10 high-altitude look-alikes can be booked to drop in on any occasion!

MOST GRAMMY AWARDS WON BY A FEMALE ARTIST
Aretha Franklin of the USA, has won a total of 15 Grammys to date, including a record 11 for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance. ... Aretha Franklin of the USA, has won a total of 15 Grammys to date, including a record 11 for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance.

MOST GRAMMY AWARDS WON BY AN INDIVIDUAL
The Hungarian-born British conductor Sir Georg Solti won a record 31 Grammy awards (including a special Trustees' Award presented in 1967) between ... The Hungarian-born British conductor Sir Georg Solti won a record 31 Grammy awards (including a special Trustees' Award presented in 1967) between 1958 and 1997.

MOST GRAMMY AWARDS WON IN A YEAR BY A PERSON
At the 26th Annual Grammy Awards in 1984 Michael Jackson won eight Grammy awards, which included Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for "Beat It," Record Of The Year with "Beat It," and Album of The Year with Thriller.

MOST HIT ALBUMS ON UK CHART
As of February 2001, Elvis Presley had 100 hit albums in the UK chart. This is just one of the 15 records held by The King - others include "Most ... others include "Most No.1 Singles In The UK Chart", "Most No.1 Hit Singles By A Solo Artist", and "Most Fan Clubs".

MOST HIT SINGLES ON US CHART
Elvis Presley had a record 149 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1956 and 1996. The King of rock 'n' roll took his first step towards a musical career at the age of eight, when he won $5 in a local singing contest in Tupelo, Mississippi performing the Red Folley ballad, "Old Shep".

MOST HITS BY A SOLO ARTIST
Bing Crosby (1904-77) started his solo recording career in 1931 and had accumulated 156 hits by 1940. He recorded an estimated 2,600 songs in his ... Bing Crosby (1904-77) started his solo recording career in 1931 and had accumulated 156 hits by 1940. He recorded an estimated 2,600 songs in his lifetime and had 317 hits in America before the rock era.

MOST NO.1 SINGLES ON US CHART
The Beatles have enjoyed the most number one hits on the US singles chart. The group notched up 20 number one hits between 1964 and 1970. ... The Beatles have enjoyed the most number one hits on the US singles chart. The group notched up 20 number one hits between 1964 and 1970.

MOST NON-CONSECUTIVE WEEKS ON US SINGLES CHART
Bing Crosby's White Christmas spent a total of 86 weeks on the US singles chart between 1942 and 1962. A "Christmas Singles Chart" was introduced in the US in 1963, otherwise this recording would have logged up many more chart weeks. Crosby's songs include such classics as "Pennies From Heaven", "Blue Skies", and "Temptation". By the mid-1960s, Crosby's output slowed but even towards the end of his career he was able to attract sell-out crowds. It was while playing golf in Spain that he collapsed and died on October 14, 1977.

MOST PLATINUM CERTIFICATES FOR RECORD SALES
The only audited measure of record sales in the USA is certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Elvis Presley holds the ... The only audited measure of record sales in the USA is certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Elvis Presley holds the record for the most platinum certificates issued by the RIAA, with 70.

MOST PLATINUM RIAA CERTIFICATES FOR A GROUP
The group with the most platinum certificates is The Beatles, with 33. The band also holds the record for the most multiplatinum albums, with 13.

MOST PSEUDONYMS USED BY A POP STAR
John Lennon, who first found fame with The Beatles, recorded and produced music under 15 pseudonyms, including The Honorary John St. John ... including The Honorary John St. John Johnson (guitar on "Whatever Gets You Through the Night"), The Rev. Fred Ghurkin (acoustic guitar on "Bless You"), Dr. Winston OGhurkin (guitar on "Going Down on Love") and Dwarf McDougal (guitar on "Nobody Loves You When You're Down Out".

MOST PUBLIC APPEARANCES BY A POP STAR IN 24 HOURS
The greatest number of public appearances by a pop artist in 24 hours in different cities is seven by Rachel Stevens (UK) on September 8-9, ... The greatest number of public appearances by a pop artist in 24 hours in different cities is seven by Rachel Stevens (UK) on September 8-9, 2004.

MOST RIAA CERTIFICATES HELD BY A SINGLE ARTIST

The recording artist with the most certified titles ever is Elvis Presley with 235. This total is comprised of 132 gold, 70 platinum, and 33 multiplatinum certificates. RIAA stands for the Recording Industry Association of America.

MOST SOLO GRAMMY AWARDS EVER WON
The most Grammy awards won by a solo pop performer is 19, by Stevie Wonder. He has won Best Male R&B Vocal Performance six times since 1973. Born Steveland Morris in Saginaw, Michigan, USA, on May 21, 1950, he lost his sight soon after birth when given too much oxygen in an incubator. As a child he took up the harmonica and piano and sang in a local gospel choir. At 10 he was spotted by Roland White, singer with Motown act The Miracles, and the label signed him up. He became part of the family of transatlantic tours. "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" (1964) turned his fortunes around, becoming his first hit. In 1976 he released his album The Key Of Life, on the Motown label. It stayed at No.1 in the US Billboard 100 for 14 weeks. He remains one of the most successful artists in pop and soul.

MOST SUCCESSFUL COUNTRY DUO
Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn are the most successful country duo. Six of their albums have sold over one million copies, and 17 of their singles have reached No. 1, including Boot Scootin' Boogie (1992) and Little Miss Honky Tonk (1995).

MOST SUCCESSFUL FEMALE COUNTRY ARTIST IN THE USA
Reba McEntire is the biggest-selling female country vocalist in the USA. She's notched up 13 platinum and seven gold albums up to February 2000These include Sweet Sixteen (1989), Read My Mind (1994), and If You See Him (1998). She began as a rodeo performer and also sang with members of her family before she was discovered by Red Steagall when she performed the national anthem at a rodeo in 1974.

MOST SUCCESSFUL LATIN RECORD
"Macarena" by Spanish duo Los Del Rio is the most successful Latin recording, selling more than 10 million around the world. It topped the US chart for 14 weeks in 1996 and spent 60 weeks on the top 100. Los Del Rio (which is Spanish for "people of the river") is comprised of Raphael Ruiz and Antonio Romero, both from Seville, Spain. When "Macarena" reached No.1 on the US charts in August 1996, the duo had already recorded more than 300 songs, dating back to the 1960s. Although much of their previous work had also been in the pop-flamenco style, "Macarena" truly captured the imagination of the people of Europe and the USA. The "Macarena" dance craze swept through the USA, the single reached number two in the UK, and became a staple at weddings, clubs, and parties.

MOST SUCCESSFUL RAP PRODUCER
Sean "Puffy" Combs, a.k.a. Puff Daddy, is the most successful rap producer, having been responsible in 1997 for four singles that consecutively headed the US rap chart for a record 36 weeks. Despite his record, Puff Daddy - now better known as P. Diddy - would never call himself a rapper or an MC. "I would never disrespect the art of rapping and MCing," he says. "I'm an entertainer… I'm a vibe-giver."

MOST SUCCESSFUL SONGWRITING DUO
The most successful songwriters in terms of number one singles are John Lennon (1940-80) and Paul McCartney (born June 18, 1942). They co-wrote 23 US No 1 singles. McCartney is credited as the writer on a total of 32 number one hits in the US to Lennon's 26, whereas Lennon authored 29 UK number ones to McCartney's 28 (25 co-written)

MOST SUCCESSFUL VIRTUAL BAND
The most successful virtual band is the Gorillaz, with global album sales of 3 million for their eponymous debut, including 1.3 million in the USA ... The most successful virtual band is the Gorillaz, with global album sales of 3 million for their eponymous debut, including 1.3 million in the USA and certified sales of 600,000 in the UK. The release peaked at No. 3 on the UK album chart, went top 20 in the USA, and was a No. 1 on the Eurochart. The animated fourpiece were also nominated for six Brit awards and one Grammy in 2001, but picked up no trophies.

MOST US CHART NO. 1 ALBUMS BY A GROUP
The most No. 1 albums in the US chart by a group is 19, by The Beatles. Their chart-topping tally is more than double the number of those held by Elvis Presley and The Rolling Stones, with nine. Their latest chart-topping album was entitled "1" and was released in 2001.

MOST US NO. 1 ALBUMS BY A MALE SOLO ARTIST
Elvis Presley had a record nine solo albums reach the number one spot on the US chart. They were - Elvis Presley (1956), Elvis (1956), Loving You (1957), Elvis Christmas Album (1957), GI Blues (1960), Something For Everybody (1961), Blue Hawaii (1961), Roustabout (1964), and Elvis - Aloha From Hawaii (1973).

MOST WEEKS ON UK SINGLES CHART
Elvis Presley's 111 hits have spent a total of 1,149 weeks in the UK singles chart since "Heartbreak Hotel" debuted on May 11, 1956. In the weeks following his death on August 16, 1977, his record sales predictably rocketed. Sales of the tragically fitting "Way Down" went way up - propelling Presley once more to the number one spot.

OLDEST FAN CLUB FOR A SOLO ARTIST
The Club Crosby, founded in 1936, celebrates the work of singer Bing Crosby and currently has 450 members worldwide. Its official magazine, Bingang, is published twice yearly. Around 75 of the club's members reside outside of the USA.

TEEN GIRL SOLO ARTIST WITH MOST UK NO.1 HITS
The teenage female solo artists with the most UK number one hits are Britney Spears (USA) and Billie Piper (UK). Britney was 18-years, 5-months, and 3-days old when she charted for a third time at No. 1, and Billie was 17-years, 7-months, and 23-days old

YOUNGEST ARTIST TO HAVE A US NO. 1 ALBUM
Stevie Wonder was only 13 years old when his album Little Stevie Wonder - The Twelve Year Old Genius topped the US charts in 1963. He is also the solo artist to have won the most Grammy awards, having taken home 19 of the prestigious prizes throughout his career.

Source: The Guinness World Record Book

LOUDEST BAND
A typical rock concert ranges from between 110 to a staggering 125 decibels. The loudest on record is The Who, at 126. Man-O-War claims to have reached 129.5 in 1994 and says Guinness refused to list it because they didn't want to encourage people to try and break it -- (a quick check of the Guinness website confirms they have no listing for loudest rock concert). However they do in one of my earlier
guinness book of records they list The Who concert in Canada at 126 decs.
BORING
unrock 'n' roll note:-
ear damage starts at 80 decibels!! Yawn Yawn!