Justin Bieber has eight new Guinness records, Game Of Thrones is the most pirated show

Pop star Justin Bieber posing with his eight Guinness World Records certificates.
Pop star Justin Bieber posing with his eight Guinness World Records certificates. PHOTO: GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS

WASHINGTON (WASHINGTON POST) - It was a big year for Justin Bieber. And as if winning his first Grammy wasn't enough proof, he now has eight new Guinness world records.

His first new album in two years, Purpose, became the most streamed album on Spotify in one week, and What Do You Mean? was the most streamed track in one week. He also had the most simultaneous tracks on the United States singles chart.

He has the most Twitter followers of any male user, the most-viewed YouTube channel and the most YouTube subscribers of any male musician.

The pop star has had a remarkable turnaround after a bunch of legal problems (a DUI arrest, a "felony egging incident"), and generally questionable behaviour (writing weird stuff about Anne Frank).

Other pop culture icons made their way into the Guinness World Records 2017 book, available on Sept 8. David Bowie, who died in January, made the world record book for the first time in a decade as 19 of his albums made it on Britain's Top 100.

Singer The Weeknd's Beauty Behind The Madness had 60 million listeners on Spotify, making it the most streamed album on the service as measured by unique listeners. He also was the solo male artist who spent the most consecutive weeks on the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100.

Gordon Ramsay had the highest earnings for a television chef. His Maze Restaurant in London had previously made a world record, selling the world's most expensive commercially available pizza. It costs US$178.

HBO's Game Of Thrones had about 14.4 million illegal downloads per episode, making it once again the most pirated television show. And Ringo Starr's mono copy of The Beatles (also known as The White Album), sold at auction for US$790,000, making it the most expensive vinyl auctioned.