Entries in Record (7)


2011 MTV VMAs Set All-Time Viewing Record

John Rogers/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Even though many on the East Coast lost power Sunday night due to Hurricane Irene and couldn't watch the show, the 2011 installment of the MTV Video Music Awards still set a ratings record.

In fact, it racked up the highest viewing audience for any show in MTV's 30-year history, according to Variety.

The telecast attracted 12.4 million viewers, who tuned in to see Lady Gaga perform dressed in male drag, Beyonce announce her pregnancy to the world, and Katy Perry pick up the award for Video of the Year.

In addition, the MTV pre-show, hosted by Selena Gomez, attracted 7.3 million viewers, an increase of 16 percent over last year.

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Black Eyed Peas Match Chart Record Set by the Eagles

WireImage/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Black Eyed Peas have just set yet another chart record.  Their new single, "Just Can't Get Enough," has just become their 14th straight top-40 hit.  That's the longest streak of top-40 hits by a group since The Eagles scored 14 straight between 1975 and 1999. The Peas' list of top 40 hits dates back to "Where Is the Love," which reached #8 in 2003.

The group with the most consecutive top-40 hits ever is Paul McCartney's post-Beatles band, Wings.  They scored 23 straight top-40 hits between 1972 and 1980.  But the record for the the longest streak of most consecutive top 40 hits among all artists is held by Elton John, who placed an amazing 36 singles in the top 40 between 1972 and 1986.

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Super Bowl Watched by Record 111 Million Viewers

Photo Courtesy - NFL(NEW YORK) -- The Super Bowl lived up to the hype in one respect -- it set a record for the largest audience ever for a U.S. TV program.

The Fox telecast of the Green Bay Packers' victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl 45 was seen by an estimated 111 million viewers, according to Variety.

This is the second year in a row that the Super Bowl has set a record for viewership.  Last year's game, won by the New Orleans Saints over the Indianapolis Colts, drew 106.5 million viewers.

The 1983 series finale of M*A*S*H now ranks as the third most-watched TV program of all time, at 105.97 million.

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Cher Sets Chart Record with Latest Single

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros. Records(NEW YORK) -- A dance remix of the Cher's latest single, "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," has topped Billboard magazine's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, making the singer the only act to have scored a number one single on a Billboard chart in each of the last six decades.

When told of her achievement, Cher joked to Billboard, "How can it be six decades when I'm only four decades [old]?"

Cher's first number one hit came back in 1965 with "I Got You Babe," along with her ex-husband Sonny Bono.  In the '70s, she scored with number one hits like "Half-Breed" and "Dark Lady."  In the '80s, Cher topped the adult contemporary charts with "If I Could Turn Back Time" and "After All."  In the '90s, "Believe" was a smash hit on the Hot 100, and in 2000's, she scored number one dance hits with "A Different Kind of Love Song" and "When the Money's Gone."

Cher's current hit, "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," from her movie Burlesque, just won a Golden Globe this past Sunday for the song's writer, Diane Warren.

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Rihanna Sets UK Chart Record with 'What's My Name?'

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LONDON) -- Rihanna has set a U.K. music chart record on the strength of her latest hit, "What's My Name?"

According to the BBC, she's become the first female solo artist in U.K. chart history to have number-one singles in five consecutive years.  Her number-one singles have been, in order from oldest to most recent, "Umbrella," "Take a Bow," the Jay-Z-Kanye West-Rihanna collaboration "Run This Town," and "Only Girl (In the World)."

Elvis Presley was the last solo artist to achieve number-one singles in five straight years, from 1957-1963.

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Lady Gaga Reveals Album Release Date

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga promised her fans a special gift on New Year's Eve and at midnight, she made good on her promise.

On Twitter, she posted a picture of herself, turned away from the camera, wearing a denim jacket that read "Born This Way." Below was emblazoned “THE SONG 2-13-11 THE RECORD 5-23-11,” indicating that the first single from her new disc will be out Feb. 13, and the album will follow on May 23.

A few hours before, she tweeted, "This has to be the happiest + most exciting night of my life. You've created this moment. You imagined me. You are, you wrote #BornThisWay."

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"Don't Stop Believin'" Sets New Digital Download Record 

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(SUNNYVALE, Calif.) -- Yahoo! Music's ChartBeat column reports that American rock band Journey's 1981 hit "Don't Stop Believin'" has just passed the four million mark in digital downloads.  That makes it the only song released before the year 2000 that has sold that many copies.  In fact, no other song released before 2000 has even hit three million in download sales.

The song's surge in popularity when it comes to downloads can be attributed to its use in any number of movies and TV shows.  In 2007, the song was featured in the series finale of HBO's The Sopranos.  More recently, it appeared in the very first episode of Fox's Glee in May of 2009, as well as in the show's season finale three months ago.

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