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10 Record Breaking Pop Stars To Make You Feel Inadequate

Ed Sheeran isn’t the only record breaking pop star around, y’know!

Ed Sheeran

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This week, it’s fair to say Ed Sheeran has absolutely dominated the charts with his new album Divide. Unsurprisingly, the album went straight to number one, but more impressively, every song from the record ended up in the top 20 singles chart (the first artist to ever do this), taking up nine out of the top 10 (damn you Chainsmokers and Coldplay)!

Divide has become the fastest-selling male album of all time, shifting 672,000 in one week and it received the most amount of streams in a week ever with over 79,000. He has even set a new record for the most top 10 singles from an album with 10. The previous holder was Calvin Harris with nine songs from his album 18 Months.

Incredible stuff, right? But Ed isn’t the first pop star to break a world record, oh no. There’s plenty more where that came from; take a look below at some more of our favourite record breaking pop stars.

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Miley Cyrus and her dead petz bangerz

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Miley Cyrus: the most searched pop star on the Internet

It probably doesn’t come as much surprise to anyone that Miley holds this record, what with her ‘Wrecking Ball’ video antics and that time she hosted the 2015 VMAs and everyone watching felt like they were on a bad trip. But hey, it certainly got people talking (or more importantly, googling).

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Metallica: the first band to perform on all seven continents 

Okay, not technically pop but certainly too impressive to ignore. After they performed in Antarctica in 2013 to 120 scientists (sounds like a wild show, right), the US heavy metal band became the first band to have played a concert on all seven continents. The band actually managed to perform in all seven within one year, amazing!

One Direction

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One Direction: the first act to debut at number one with their first four albums
1D may be taking a break for a few years, but their previous successes will forever be remembered in the record books. They are the first act to debut at the top of the charts with their four albums Up All Night, Take Me Home, Midnight Memories and Four. Bizarrely, they also hold the record for the most popular dance game track with Just Dance 4’s routine for ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ earning 36,817,975 views!


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Eminem: the most words in a hit single
Eminem‘s ‘Rap God’ packs an incredible 1,560 words into 6 minutes 4 seconds – that’s an average of 4.28 words per second! How is that even possible?! According to the Guinness World Records website, in one 15-second segment alone he spits 97 words! Mind-blowing.

Demi Lovato in her Really Don't Care video.

Credit: Official Music Video Screenshot

Demi Lovato: the youngest X Factor judge

When Demi first became a judge on the second season of The X Factor USA, she was just was 19 years 9 months 5 days old (to be precise), making her the youngest-ever judge!

Hunter Hayes

Source: Official Facebook Page

Hunter Hayes: the most live concerts in 24 hours in different cities
Hunter Hayes is an American country singer/songwriter, who managed to play an impressive 10 live shows in different US cities within 24 hours on 9th – 10th May 2014. The record breaking attempt took place to raise money for Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.

Justin Bieber

Source: Official Facebook page

Justin Bieber: youngest solo artist to achieve five No.1 US albums
It’s no surprise that pop superstar Bieber has racked up a fair few world records in his time, but this one is particularly impressive. Before his 19th birthday, he had been number one in the US with My World 2.0, Never Say Never: The Remixes, Under the Mistletoe, Believe and Believe Acoustic. Think back to what you’d achieved by age 18. Feels pretty rubbish now, huh?

Katy Perry - Chained To The Rhythm

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Katy Perry: the most Twitter followers.
Katy Perry is not only the queen of pop but the queen of social media too, with over 95 million followers on Twitter! Who even knew that many people used it?!

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Taylor Swift: the first solo female act with three million-selling weeks on the U.S. album charts
Taylor is the only act to notch up three million-selling weeks on the Billboard 200 albums chart since it started back 1991. She achieved the feat with albums Speak Now, Red and 1989. Slay Tay Tay!

It looks like our favourite pop stars aren’t just pretty faces after all. Well done everyone and thanks for making our CVs look terrible in comparison.

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