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Michael Jackson Poster Creates New Guinness Record

Fri, 10 Dec 2010 12:03:11 +1100

Michael Jackson's Michael album artwork is now the world's largest poster. The 29,070 sq. ft. poster smashes the previous record by more than 110 sq. ft.

Guinness World Records, the global authority on record breaking, today confirms that a poster erected to mark the release of Michael Jackson's Michael album (released 13th December) has set a new record as the world's largest poster.

Guinness World Records confirmed that the poster of Michael Jackson's Michael measures 171 ft. by 170 ft. with a total surface area of 29,070 sq. ft., smashing the previous record - held by the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver - by more than 110 sq. ft. 

To put it into perspective, the Michael poster would take over three quarters of the pitch at Wembley stadium, is longer than the equivalent of six Routemaster buses end-to-end and if upright would be higher than Nelson's column in London.

The poster, made of PVC and weighing one ton, took engineers three hours to install and is less than 3,000 meters from one of Heathrow's main runways, literally viewable by all planes arriving/departing.

Guinness World Records requires the world's largest poster to be publically displayed and formed of one single piece of material; it must also advertise a commercially available product.

Guinness World Records sent an official adjudicator to the site situated at Rectory Farm in Middlesex to officially verify and measure the Michael poster.

The image of the album cover of Michael was created by painter Kadir Nelson in 2009. In the original oil painting, Kadir, who is known for story telling through his art, takes us on a journey through some key moments and important people in Michael Jackson's life. Michael is the much-anticipated album of newly completed recordings by the King Of Pop.

The poster will stay at what will be known as "Michael's Field" until 23rd December, after which, the poster will travel via sea container into continental Europe where it will be toured and displayed.

Michael Jackson's Guinness World Records include:

- World's best-selling album for Thriller

- Highest annual earnings for a pop star from 1989 and this record remains unbroken 21 years later 

- Most hit singles on UK singles chart in one year in 2006 when Michael had 19 singles in the UK Top 40

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