Daily Archives: September 18, 2010
Who is the world’s highest earning celebrity? Which power couple dominates the entertainment world? What pop star commands the most searches on the Internet? The new Guinness World Records 2011 edition out now reveals all this and more in its celebrity-filled pages.
As one of the most talked about pop stars in recent memory, it should come as no surprise that Lady Gaga earned two records for the new book – “Most Searched-For Female” on Google and “Most Weeks On UK Chart In Any Year” with an astounding 154 weeks. Gaga shares her place in the new book alongside two of music’s superstars – Jay-Z and Beyonce. Named the year’s biggest “Power Couple”, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Beyonce Knowles earned an astounding $122 million through June 2009.
Two celebrities this year making headlines for their high profile personal lives also made the book. Lindsey Lohan, takes the dubious honor as “Most Infamous Female Celebrity” thanks to her run-ins with the law and the unfortunate performances of her latest movies and Tiger Woods, who ruled the tabloids for his extramarital affairs, didn’t see an impact on his earnings yet as he assumes his place as the “Most Powerful Sports Star“. The golf phenom raked in an impressive $103 million and topped the 2010 BusinessWeek Sports Power 100 list.
Miley Cyrus, a celebrity who has toed the line between controversy and a thriving career success, also enters into the book as the “Most Charted Teenager”. The singer/actor, scored her 29th US Hot 100 chart entry on November 7, 2009 with “Party in the USA”.
“Where else would Sarah Palin be beaten by Lady Gaga than in the Guinness World Records book! Gaga – who takes over from Palin as the most searched for female on the internet – is just one of the new big names to make it into the Guinness World Records book this year. She joins a stellar cast including Lindsay Lohan, A-Rod, Jay-Z and Beyonce, Brangelina, the Khardashians, and so on, in our most celeb-packed edition yet. These recession-proof stars guarantee to bring a bit of glamour to our book. Their artistic endeavors – and their influence over the public are indisputable,” said Craig Glenday, Editor-In-Chief, Guinness World Records.
Although Twilight fans may take sides on Team Jacob or Team Edward one thing they can agree upon is that their favorite movie has made into the Guinness World Records book. In November 2009, the Twilight sequel New Moon eclipsed The Dark Knight to achieve the “Highest Opening Day Gross” of $72.7 million.
In tribute to the “King of Pop”, the new Guinness World Records book features a special page devoted to Michael Jackson. The untimely death of MJ made the entertainer the “Most Searched-For Male” on the web and earned him several posthumous records reinforcing his spot at the top of the entertainment world. MJ, a fan of the Guinness World Records book, is a multiple record holder receiving eight over his lifetime for his chart achievements, album sales, earnings and charity donations.
This world renowned and celebrated annual, Guinness World Records 2011, contains the most comprehensive collection of the greatest and most amazing accomplishments from this past decade and beyond. A “must-have” for both knowledge-seekers and aspiring record-breakers of all ages, Guinness World Records 2011 is available September 15th for the suggested retail price of $28.95. For more information about Guinness World Records 2011, to find out how you can participate in Guinness World Records Day 2009 or to vote for your favorite records, visit our website at: www.guinnessworldrecords.com
About Guinness World Records
Guinness World Records is the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement. First published in 1955, the annual Guinness World Records book is published in more than 100 countries and 25 languages and is one of the highest-selling books under copyright of all time with more than 3 million copies sold annually across the globe. Guinness World Records celebrated its 50th anniversary edition in 2004, a year after the sale of its 100 millionth copy. Guinness World Records also annually publishes the Gamer’s Edition; a records book devoted solely to the world of computer gaming and high score record achievements. The Guinness World Records website (www.guinnessworldrecords.com) receives more than 11 million visitors a year. Guinness World Records is part of the Jim Pattison Group, one of Canada’s largest privately owned companies which is a conglomerate of interests, including advertising, broadcasting, grocery stores and automotive retailing.
A jury ruled that Kid Rock will have to pay $40,000 to a man who says he was assaulted at a Waffle House in 2007 in Georgia by Kid Rock and his entourage who also smashed his cell phone.
However the Rock/Hip-Hop artist was pretty happy with the decision as the plantiff Harlen Akins walks away with $40-thousand but not the $2-million plus he was seeking.
Rock pleaded guilty in 2008 to a misdemeanor charge of simple battery stemming from the incident.
Denzel Washington is on a new
campaign right now with the Boys
and Girls Clubs of America called
“Be Great, Graduate.” Due to the
high numbers of high school drop-
out rates among African Americans,
the Club is attempting to encourage
youth to finish school through
their new campaign and programs
offered at several locations around
The 35-year-old comedian was taken into custody at Los Angeles international airport for a misdemeanour charge of simple battery. Brand was released from LAPD’s Pacific Division after posting $20,000 (£12,800) bail.
The victim, a paparazzo who was not identified, placed Brand under citizen’s arrest, an airport police spokeswoman said. The alleged attack was first reported by TMZ, which posted video of the altercation. It occurred as Brand and his fiancee, singer Katy Perry, were surrounded by paparazzi as they entered the terminal that houses Delta airlines. Brand has made no comment about the incident.
Shortly after the incident, Perry tweeted: “If you cross the line & try an put a lens up my dress, my fiancé will do his job & protect me.”
Brand had flown to LA to be with Perry for their one-year anniversary. The couple were reportedly returning to New York together when the incident occurred.
Brand is no stranger to controversy. He was sacked as an MTV presenter after turning up to work on 12 September 2001 dressed as Osama bin Laden and resigned from the BBC following the Sachsgate incident in 2008 where he and TV presenter Jonathan Ross left a series of lewd messages on the answering machine of the actor Andrew Sachs about his granddaughter, Georgina Baillie.
He recently starred in the film Get Him to the Greek and will next appear on the big screen as Trinculo in a version of The Tempest and the title character in a remake of the 1981 comedy Arthur, which originally starred Dudley Moore.
Check out this video of the incident.
As was speculated to take place, Paris Hilton has agreed to plead guilty to two misdemeanors in her drug-possession case – and she will be sentenced to a year of probation but no jail time, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The socialite, 29, is due before Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joe Bonaventure on Monday, at which time she will formally plead guilty to misdemeanor drug possession and misdemeanor obstructing an officer, says the newspaper, which obtained a copy of Hilton’s plea deal.
“We fashioned a resolution which would give us complete control over her future. If she does not toe the line and stay out of trouble she will do one year in the Clark County Detention Center,” said Nevada’s Clark County District Attorney David Roger.
Should Hilton be arrested during her probation, her plea deal stipulates that she serve a full year behind bars.
“Defendant shall stay out of trouble. Defendant agrees that an arrest for any charge, excluding minor traffic violations for which a citation is issued, shall result in the immediate termination of her probation and the execution of the suspended sentences,” reads the deal.
Also demanded: That Hilton successfully complete a substance abuse program, pay a $2,000 fine and perform 200 hours of community service, whose nature and location is to be later determined.
Hilton, who served three weeks in 2007 for violating probation in a drunken driving case, had been charged with felony drug possession after an Aug. 28 arrest in Las Vegas.
Lindsay Lohan confirmed late Friday night on her Twitter page that she failed a court-ordered drug test.
“Regrettably, I did in fact fail my most recent drug test and if I am asked, I am prepared to appear before judge Fox next week as a result.
“I am so thankful for the support of my fans, loved ones and immediate family, who understand that i am trying hard,” she tweeted. “but also that I am a work in progress, just as anyone else. I am keeping my faith, and I am hopeful….Thank you all!!!”
TMZ.com reported that the 24-year-old actress had failed a court mandated drug test and tested positive for cocaine. Lohan initially refuted that report to Usmagazine.com.
“I’m fine,” she said, offering her own interpretation of TMZ: “They’re all nuts.”
Lohan left a rehab program at UCLA Medical Center on Aug. 24 after 23 days of treatment. Earlier in August, she was released from jail after serving just 13 days of a 90 day sentence for violating her probation stemming from a 2007 DUI case.
At a hearing last month, Beverly Hills judge Elden Fox ordered Lohan to go to weekly psychotherapy and behavioral therapy sessions, in addition to 12-step dependency program meetings and mandatory drug tests. Fox said if Lohan was found to be in violation of the terms of her probation, she could go to jail again for 30 days.
The failed drug test is the latest problem to plague Lohan. Last month, a papparzzo claimed he saw her hit a baby’s stroller with her Maserati and drive away. No charges were filed relating to the alleged incident.
Even before she hit the bottom of the barrel, Lindsay Lohan was apparently plotting a way to crawl back to the top.
In an interview with Vanity Fair magazine, done prior to her latest jail and rehab stint, Lohan said she wants A-list status in Hollywood again, by any means necessary.
“I want my career back,” she said. “I want the respect that I had when I was doing great movies. And if that takes not going out to a club at night, then so be it. It’s not fun anyway.
“I don’t care what anyone says. I know that I’m a damn good actress,” she continued. “And I know that in my past I was young and irresponsible, but that’s what growing up is. You learn from your mistakes.”
Busta Rhymes is in headlines now that a woman has filed a lawsuit claiming that he assaulted her with a glass.
Busta, real name Trevor Smith, was named in a lawsuit by the woman, Devon Cooper, who claims she “feared for her safety” after getting into an argument with him at Mr. Chow’s restaurant in Beverly Hills.
In the lawsuit Cooper claims that she and a friend were dining at the establishment when a member of Rhymes’ entourage complained that the pair was sitting too close to rapper’s table.
Cooper says she tried to move her chair but says Busta’s accomplice became increasingly agitated and the situation escalated until the rapper threw a drinking glass at her that missed her by “inches.”
She is seeking $250,000 in damages for assault and battery.