high profile record-holders include:
- Madonna, who is believed to have earned $50 million US in 2004, has co-opted the title of highest annual earnings by a female singer.
- Janet Jackson became the new "most searched for person on the internet" and "most searched for news item on the internet"
- Actress Nicole Kidman, for most money paid per minute to an actor, after she earned a reported $3.71 million US for a four-minute Chanel perfume TV commercial.
- Blockbuster talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, listed as the highest paid person on television.
- Irish rockers U2, named the biggest earning act in the world in 2005.
- British band Arctic Monkeys, whose debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not was named the fastest-selling British debut album.
- Acerbic American Idol judge Simon Cowell, who earns an estimated $34 million US, making him the highest-paid TV talent show judge.