Rolling Stones get Guinness satisfaction

LONDON Wed Sep 26, 2007 9:49am EDT

Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger (C) performs during the band's ''A Bigger Bang'' European tour stop in Lausanne August 11, 2007. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger (C) performs during the band's ''A Bigger Bang'' European tour stop in Lausanne August 11, 2007.

Credit: Reuters/Denis Balibouse

LONDON (Reuters) - The Rolling Stones may be ageing rockers but their pulling power is undimmed -- they topped the charts with the world's most successful music tour in the latest edition of Guinness World Records.

Giving a handy fillip to their pension funds, the group's "A Bigger Bang Tour" took $437 million dollars to give them a new record.

Madonna also made the annual compendium as the most successful female artist -- her 60-date "Confessions" tour grossed almost $200 million. That meant she earned more than $3 million per concert.

Guinness invariably boasts a string of offbeat and bizarre records, and the latest edition which comes out on Friday was no exception with entries for the highest and deepest concerts.

British band Jamiroquai, fronted by lead singer Jay Kay, performed at 35,000 feet in a specially converted Boeing 737 to an audience of pop competition winners.

British singer Katie Melua and her band headed below the waves, giving a concert 303 meters (994 feet) below sea level aboard an oil rig off the coast of Norway to gain her niche in Guinness.

But some things never change.

Bing Crosby's recording of "White Christmas," released in 1942, still ranks as the biggest selling single with at least 50 million copies sold. It is re-issued every year.

Film fans could be forgiven for thinking that Groundhog Day went on forever -- there were more movie trilogy final parts in 2007 than in any other year.

Hollywood stuck firmly to a winning formula with yet another return for Spider Man, Shrek, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jason Bourne and Rush Hour.

The highest-grossing actor award goes to Samuel L. Jackson. His 75 movies have made over $7.84 billion at the global box office.

Casino Royale, the film debut of Daniel Craig as the world's most famous spy, set a record as the most successful James Bond film of all time, grossing more than $587 million.

The film also boasted the most cannon rolls in a car -- stuntman Adam Kirley did seven in Bond's Aston Martin DBS.

For quirky quiz fans in search of a Trivial Pursuit teaser, Guinness even lists a category for the shortest title of any Oscar-winning film.

It's the Algerian movie "Z", which won two Oscars in 1970.

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