Weird Al Yankovic Lands First No. 1 Album with 'Mandatory Fun'; Watch Videos!
According to NYDailyNews.com, "Weird Al" Yankovic will chart his first No. 1 album with "Mandatory Fun," according to preliminary figures from HitsDailydouble.com. Yankovic's sales of just over 104,700 will beat numbers for Jason Mraz, a star with a far younger, and seemingly more active, consuming fanbase. Weird Al has rolled out eight brand-new music videos over the last eight days and they've all been amazing.
Check out the videos below!
According to Kontera, the Amobee Brand measurement company for web analytics, Yankovic's video exposure in that period obliterated not just Mraz's, but that of every other major music star. His closest competition, Beyonce, had roughly half as much exposure as the satirist. Yankovic also dwarfed the viral play of stars as big as Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z in the last week.
Of the eight videos, the most viewed according to Kontera was Yankovic's rank on Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (turned into "Word Crimes"), followed by his parody of Pharrell's "Happy" ("Tacky"), Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" ("Handy"), and Lorde's "Royals" (redone as "Foil").
Yankovic, whose career dates back to 1979, had a defining early hit with the spoof of Toni Basil's Song "Mickey" (twisted into "Ricky"). According to Billboard figures, the comic has racked up two previous Top 10 debuts, all in the last decade. They include his last album, 2011's "Alpocalypse," which opened at No. 9.
Check out videos from the new release below: