[b]MICHAEL JACKSON DROPS BY GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS TO COLLECT HIS OFFICIAL RECORD CERTIFICATES[/b] Guinness World Records London Head Quarters today welcomed the worlds biggest superstar through its doors for an honorary record presentation. Michael Jackson, a self confessed Guinness World Records fan since childhood, contacted Guinness World Records ahead of his visit to request that he could collect his multiple Guinness World Record certificates during his trip to London this week. With a staggering eight records mapping career highlights over the last quarter of a century, Michael Jackson is one of Guinness World Records longest standing record holders. The records span from Youngest vocalist to top the US singles chart, (aged 11, fronting The Jackson Five) and First vocalist to enter the US single chart at No.1 (“You Are Not Alone”) to Most weeks at the top of the US album charts (non-soundtrack) (37 weeks for Thriller); Most successful music video (Thriller sold over 1 million units); First entertainer to earn more than $100 million in a year to Highest paid entertainer of all time ($125 million in 1989 Forbes list). His ultimate and latest accolade was also presented to him: Most successful entertainer of all time. Michael arrived at Guinness World Records offices in North West London at 4pm this afternoon with his entourage – a fleet of black and silver people carriers. Wearing his signature black three quarter length dinner jacket and trousers with yellow piping, he arrived amidst an army of fans who had followed him from the hotel. He was greeted by Guinness World Records Editor, Craig Glenday, and given a whirlwind tour of the offices and shown weird and wonderful exhibits from the Guinness World Records Cabinet of Curioddities, including the worlds oldest vomit and tallest man evers shoes. Michael was then presented with his record certificates, a copy of the latest edition of the book and a special edition from the year he was born (1958). Evidently delighted with the accolades he holds in high esteem, Michael said: Ive always been a big fan of the book. Thank you so much its a great honour to visit the Guinness World Records offices. Michael Jackson is in London for his first UK performance in nine years. He is due to be presented with a Diamond Award at the World Music Awards in Earls Court on Wednesday evening. He will also sing tracks from his Thriller album, bringing it back to life after 25 years. Guinness World Records Editor, Craig Glenday, will also be reuniting with the star on Wednesday evening to present him with his eighth Guinness World Record. Guinness World Records Editor Craig Glenday said:
We always expect the unexpected here at Guinness World Records. From the worlds tallest man, woman with the longest fingernails and most pierced woman, were used to all walks of life stopping by the office, but we havent been this excited since we met the Queen last year. Michael is one of the greatest superstars of all time and his unwavering success has kept him at the very top of the record breaking charts throughout his career. Were absolutely delighted that Michael holds Guinness World Records in such high regard and honoured that hes taken time out of his busy schedule to stop by and collect them in person.
Source: Guinness Book of World Records