Skip to comments.'Weird Al' Yankovic Gets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with 'Mandatory Fun'
Posted on 07/24/2014 6:37:03 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
After more than 30 years on the charts, comedian-singer "Weird Al" Yankovic earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Mandatory Fun" debuts atop the list. The album is the first comedy set to top the chart since 1963, and logs the largest sales week for a comedy album since 1994.
"Mandatory Fun" was released July 15 through Way Moby and RCA Records, and sold 104,000 copies in the week ending July 20, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was promoted by a well-receiveddaily viral video campaign that launched Monday, July 14. Starting with his parody of Pharrell's "Happy," Yankovic released eight music videos for the album through the week on various sites, like The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo, Nerdist, College Humor and YouTube.
"Mandatory" is the first comedy album to top the Billboard 200 since Allan Sherman's "My Son, the Nut" spent eight weeks at No. 1 beginning on the chart dated Aug. 31, 1963. A couple of comedy sets came close since then, including Steve Martin's No. 2-peaking "A Wild and Crazy Guy" back in 1978 and a pair of No. 2 Cheech & Chong titles in the early 1970s.
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I will never be able to enjoy Weird Al’s parodies again, because I am 100% unfamiliar with the material he is satirizing. Unless he satirizes Sinatra, or Mozart, or Bach or Beethoven, I will no longer be able to get the joke.
Gee. Now I feel guilty because I always meant to buy those Cheech & Chong albums back when I was in college in the early 1970s, but for some reason I kept forgetting to do it.
I LOVE “Amish Paradise” - I can watch that over and over...
Probably all that Labrador you were smokin’
Well deserved for a decent guy. Unlike many of the artists he parodies, Al doesn’t do drugs or drink to excess. You don’t hear about him cracking up his Porches or going to rehab. Family man too.
Great album, very funny. Watch the video for “word crimes.” Even if you don’t know the song being sent up, watch it as it hits social media and its impact on the millennial’s writing skills right in then nose.
People who know him actually say that he isn’t “Weird” in real life.
He actually gets the permission of the writers and the artists of the song he parodies.
Heck, the artists consider it an HONOR to be parodied by him.
The only two entertainers I know who refused to give him permission were Paul McCartney and Prince.
I don’t have those Cheech and Chong albums, a bit before my time, but my parents had the Allan Sherman record, and I adored that as a kid.
I still have it. I wonder if it’s worth anything.
Hello mother? Hello father?
You’d have to be living under a rock to not at least be familiar with “Happy.”
Al was offered a multi-million dollar contract to do some beer commercials. He turned it down because he said that most of his fans are under-aged and he didn't want influence them in that way.
Way too easy...
Right on. Go Al!
I got to know Al through my kids. Most of the songs he parodies I had never heard the originals and when I did hear the originals I was amazed at how good his version really was.
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