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BTS earn GWR for most-viewed concert live stream

Korean boy-band BTS have achieved a Guinness World Records title for attracting the highest number of viewers for a music concert live stream ever with their recent Bang Bang Con: The Live show.

A total of concurrent 756,000 viewers from over 100 countries tuned in to watch the online performance on 14 June, which was broadcast live from Seoul, South Korea, featuring a 12-song setlist and allowed fans to switch between six viewing angles.

All three-quarter of a million viewers paid to watch the show via fan community platform Weverse, with tickets priced at ₩29,000 (€21) for members of BTS’s ARMY fan club, and ₩39,000 (€28) for members of the general public.

According to the Korea JoongAng Daily, the concert grossed at least ₩21.9 billion, or €15.7 million.

The band currently holds multiple Guinness World Records, including being the first K-pop act to reach number one in the US album chart; having the best-selling album in South Korea; reaching one million TikTok followers in the shortest amount of time (three hours and 31 minutes) and the most used Twitter engagements over a 24-hour period, with the band’s #TwitterBestFandom hashtag being tweeted over 60 million times in a day.

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Brian Cox smashes own ticket sales record

Professor Brian Cox has broken his own Guinness world record for the most tickets sold for a science show.

The British physicist secured his place in Guinness’s book of records in May 2017, after selling 8,787 tickets for a single show at the SSE Arena, Wembley, in London. He broke that record on 23 February 2019, when his Phil McIntyre Entertainments-promoted Universal: Adventures in Space and Time world tour visited Arena Birmingham, selling 11,433 tickets.

Craig Glenday, editor in chief of Guinness World Records, comments: “Brian has surpassed his previous record by an incredible amount and it really exemplifies the brilliant job that he does of making science accessible for all ages, something that we try each year to uphold in the Guinness World Records book.

“Brian does an amazing job of educating and inspiring children and adults alike, and his record is solid proof of these efforts.”

Due to popular demand, the show will return to NEC Group’s Arena Birmingham for an additional show on 21 September 2019. Tickets are priced from £40.75 from the Ticket Factory.

 


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Guinness World Record for Spanish band La Regadera

Ska-fusion band La Regadera have entered the Guinness World Record books, playing nine concerts in nine different Spanish provinces, all in under 24 hours.

The band embarked on the tour of the nine cities, all in the northwestern region of Castilla y León, as part of the promotion for their latest album, Sleeping is for Cowards (Dormir es de cobardes).

The band began the tour in the city of León at 5.30 p.m. on Monday, before playing in Burgos at 8.30 p.m. and Palencia at 9.40 p.m.

The group continued on throughout the night in Segovia (12.30 a.m.) and Soria (2.00 a.m.), before reaching Valladolid on Tuesday morning at 11.30 a.m., then Ávila at 1.30 p.m., Salamanca at 3.30 p.m. and finishing in Zamora at 5 p.m – a sleepless 24 hours later.

“Getting the world record is great, but the important thing is that we completed the challenge together as a team and as a band”

As well as paying homage to their album title, the record-breaking feat also ensured the band stayed true to their name, acting ‘como una regadera’, Spanish slang for ‘crazy’.

“Getting the world record is great, but the important thing is that we completed the challenge together as a team and as a band, setting up in 20 minutes, playing for 20 minutes and packing up in 20 minutes at every concert, without even sleeping,” says La Regadera singer Gonzalo Madrid.

The band obtained the record on the official feast day of the Castilla y León region, on Tuesday 23 April, performing in every province in the region.

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Brian Cox breaks record at SSE Arena Wembley show

British physicist Brian Cox OBE set a new Guinness World Record for most tickets sold for a science show with his performance at The SSE Arena, Wembley, last Friday (26 May).

Cox was presented with an award frame by the arena’s operations manager, Audrey Kane, after the show, which had an attendance of 8,787.

Cox comments: “I’m very grateful to everyone who has come to see these arena shows. We’ve shared evenings chatting about the size and scale of the universe, our place amongst the limitless stars and, crucially, the value of human life on our small planet.

“8,787 people at Wembley Arena? Who does Brian Cox think he is: Ed Sheeran?”

“The size of the venues has allowed us to display the most beautiful images of the cosmos taken by Cassini, the Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory on a spectacular scale, and I am honoured to have had the opportunity to showcase the work of hundreds of astronomers across the world to so many people.”

Guinness World Records’ editor-in-chief, Craig Glenday, adds: “8,787 people at Wembley Arena? Who does Brian Cox think he is: Ed Sheeran? Another fantastic achievement from the now-multiple record holder” – Cox also holds the record for most tickets sold for a science tour – “the galaxy is the limit for the professor.”

During the Wembley show, the arena joined music venues across Europe to hold a minute’s silence – followed by a minute of noise – for victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.

 


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Canadian artists in longest gig record attempt

Canadian booking agency and label Epidemic Music Group today begins its Guinness World Record attempt for the longest concert held by multiple artists.

The record is currently held by the Rí Rá Irish pub in Las Vegas, which hosted a show lasting 372 hours and ten minutes from 1 October to 17 October 2014.

The new attempt, involving more than 380 bands, runs for 16 days at the Earl of Whitchurch pub (pictured) in Stouffville, Ontario, and is timed to coincide with 150 years since Canadian confederation.

The performers must have an audience of at least ten people at all times for the record to count.

The Stouffville show will raise money for 16 charities, including Sick Kids, the Markham Stouffville Hospital, 360 Kids, North Toronto Cat Rescue, Artscan Circle, Songs 4 Steffi, the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and the Family Navigation Project, as well as the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research, founded by Tragically Hip frontman Downie, who has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

 


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