June 17, 2009 11:29
A Korean woman has set a Guinness world record for the longest time spent singing continuously. The Korea Record Institute, the agency in charge of arranging Guinness record registrations in Korea, said Tuesday that Kim Seok-ok, 54, a singer and poet, set a new world record by singing a total of 1,283 tunes in 76 hours and 7 minutes. The previous title holder was Marcus LaPratt of the U.S. who sang for 75 hours in August 2007.
It was Kim's second attempt to claim the world title in the category of longest singing marathon by an individual. She first held the record in February 2007 after singing for 59 hours and 48 minutes, only to see her record broken by LaPratt in August the same year. Determined to reclaim the record, Kim made another attempt. She started singing at a karaoke bar in Seoul at 11:14 a.m. on Feb. 18 and ended her challenge at 3:21 p.m. on the 21st.
Under Guinness Book of Records rules, she was not allowed to sing any song she had already sung less than four hours earlier and was able to take a five-minute break every hour. A video recording of her feat was submitted to the Guinness World Record headquarters in London, for official recognition. After a 4-month judging process, Kim was announced the new world record holder.
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