|Weird Al Yankovic Has No. 1 Album
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Posted: July 24, 2014
by Ted Greenberg
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Something happened this week that has never happened before. Weird Al Yankovic, the comedian who parodies popular music, charted at No. 1 on the Billboard Music Charts. His album – Mandatory Fun – debuted in the top slot on the strength of his send ups of Pharrell, Iggy Azalea and other artists who currently rule the airwaves. You can read about his succes at BuzzFeed, or Forbes, or the Los Angeles Times.
The man who gave us Eat It — his take on Michael Jackson’s very popular Beat It — was a huge hit three decades ago, but even it couldn’t get Yankovic’s album to the top of the charts. His plan — releasing eight videos over the course of eight days (July 14 – 21) — clearly paid off. And he accomplished it by getting partners, such as Funny or Die, to foot the bill for the videos. Brilliant move. It’s not just his insightful lyrics that show how smart he is.
For at least this week, a comedy album is tops in America. That’s a great thing.
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