Jack White’s been involved in a bizarre spat with Guinness World Records. He reckons the White Stripes should be given the record for the shortest concert in history after they performed one single note and a clash of the cymbal at a stop in Newfoundland, Canada. However the band were denied their place in the record books by the company. Here a few musicians who really did break records.
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Adele’s been smashing the charts lately, with her album ’21’ holding the longest consecutive run at Number One by a female. Topping the charts for 11 weeks, the album slipped to Number Two for one week, only to ascend again to the top spot one week later. In honour of Adele’s achievement, we’ve decided to take a look at some of the biggest record breakers in the music world.
The longest-running Number One album, both consecutively and non-consecutively, is the soundtrack for the film ‘South Pacific’. It had a consecutive run of 70 weeks from November 1958 to March 1960 (meaning it was number one for the entire year of 1959). It had further runs at the top in 1960 and 1961, clocking in at a non-consecutive total of 115 weeks.
The X-Factor‘s 2006 runner-up, Ray Quinn, became the only solo artist to top the Album Chart without even releasing a single. His 2007 self-titled debut album went straight to the top of the chart upon its release. Despite the success, his label Sony BMG dropped him after a mere eight months.
The oldest person to top the charts is Vera Lynn – at the age of 92. ‘We’ll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn’ was released in 2009, the 70th anniversary of Britain’s entrance into World War II. The compilation album consisted of recordings Lynn made during her heyday as Britain’s premier singer.