Colombian singer Shakira set a new world record in the social media
realm after she became the first person to reach 100 million likes on
her Facebook account.
No less than Guinness World Records confirmed the pop star set the
social media record.
"The Colombian singer-songwriter reached the benchmark figure after
posting a photo of herself in the Maracanã Stadium in Rio, Brazil last
Sunday, prior to her performance during the closing ceremony of the 2014
FIFA World Cup," Guinness World Records said.
Shakira holds the distinction as most liked person on Facebook ahead of
pop stars Rihanna and Eminem.
For her part, Shakira said she was "honored and humbled" about the
The singer also took to Facebook and Instagram to thank her fans.
"I am honored and humbled about reaching this milestone, because it's
one that's purely about connecting with my fans from all parts of the
globe. Social media and specifically Facebook has helped myself and
other artists bridge the gap between the stage and the audience. We've
been able to create a conversation, where both artists and fans can
share with one another their thoughts, achievements, the most important
moments of their lives in photographs and videos, and have a real,
ongoing dialogue," she said.
Guinness World Records quoted Justin Osofsky, Facebook's VP of Global
Operations and Media Partnerships, as saying: "The combination of
Shakira's global appeal, her authentic engagement with fans and her use
of Facebook as a multi-media platform has positioned her to achieve the
incredible milestone of 100M fans."
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