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McCartney - Achievements & World Records
Paul appears in the Guinness Book of Records several times.
Once for "Yesterday" which is listed as the most covered
song in history with over 3000 versions existing. Once, for
being the most successful popular-music composer and
recording artist ever with sales of 100 million singles and
60 gold disks. A third time for having the largest stadium
audience in history when 184,000 paid to see him perform at
Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on April 1990. The fourth
time is for having the fastest ticket sales in history,
which took place in 1993 when 20,000 tickets for 2 shows in
Sydney, Australia sold out in eight minutes.
"Yesterday" was confirmed as world's most popular song with
6,000,000 airplays in the USA. Paul McCartney received an
honorary Doctorate of Music from the University of Sussex.
He was the first rock musician ever to receive Chile's Order
of Merit for "services to music, peace, and human
understanding", and the first recipient of the Swedish Polar
Music Award ("Nobel prize for music").