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.
How funny VH1 actually did a “Behind the Music” episode about Al
What were the charts like in the 60s, 70s, and 80s?
Did it only take 104,000 copies of an album sale to hit #1?
It’s funny that the music biz has long said that new album sales are down because of “bootlegging”/downloading.
Does that same excuse hold for low Summer movie ticket sales? Declining tv and radio audiences? Declining newspaper and magazine sales?
I know the feeling. I just don't like the new music. I have 5 kids so I hear it, just don't like it.
Art died with the Impressionists. Classical Music died with Mozart.
Lol! I guess now he is a bonafide artist and not just a "flash in the pan" one-hit wonder....
Agree, well deserved!
He got permission form Coolio to parody his "Gangsta Paradise." When his "Amish Paradise" came out Coolio thought it made fun of his creative effort and began telling everyone that he never gave permission for Al to do it. Al said later, "Well, he is cashing the checks I send him."
Joke songs used to be so good that someone could cover them and make a “serious” hit.
It happened with Rock Around The Clock, Love Me (Treat Me Like A Fool), and Wild Thing. None of those were originals even though they became big hits.
Even the knocks and dings at “hep” music were more listenable than today’s choppp-ppp-pppp-eeededededdDDDDDDD techno-voice processed-dupstep-rapcrap.
Monkeys playing rock and roll in the between episode chatter of Lancelot Link? Still solid songs.
Banana Splits? Songs written by the likes of Barry White.
Weird Al as Hitler on “Drunk History” was hilarious. The funny clip isn’t on the web anywhere.
I found something I didn’t know about Weird Al while looking for the clip. He will not do anything if it involves using a curse word. Pretty rare these days.
There seems to be plenty of room under my rock.
I don't know what a Kardashian looks like either.
And I feel fine.
Consider yourself lucky.
I have the same problem. That said, even though I’d never heard the original version, I loved “White and Nerdy.”
“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.”
That’s a drag, man.
I know what Disco Duck is but disco songs and their parodies didn’t age well.
Watch the video for Word Crimes. It doesn’t matter if you know the original song (I didn’t). It’s BRILLIANT.
“He actually gets the permission of the writers and the artists of the song he parodies.”
Just for the record, copyright law does not require permission from the original author/composer for parodies. Al does it as a courtesy to the artist.
“The only two entertainers I know who refused to give him permission were Paul McCartney and Prince.”
Sort of along these lines, Jimmy Page also refused permission for a Led Zeppelin polka medley.
Is that top photo a homage to Obama?
I remember seeing that. They must have really had to scrape to find anything to put in it, given that he’s pretty straitlaced as popular musicians go.
The best I like is “loose”. “Oh that Obama is such a looser. Oh I hate those rappers who wear their pants lose”
My personal favorite
Trapped in the Drive Thru
but Zepplin did grant Al permission to use a few bars from “Black Dog” in Al’s “Stuck in the Drive-Thru”. The only stipulation is Al’s band (truly a great group of musicians, by the way) had to play it themselves, there would be no sampling of Zepplin allowed. That was something that Zepplin rarely agrees to. Wait, “to which Zepplin agrees.”
I always thought the definition of a one-hit wonder was only one single to hit the Top 40 rather than the Top 10.
The one thing I'll give him is that he can right a song divorced from the source material if that's where the lyrics take him. Going back a ways, "Eat It" is too close to "Beat It", but "I Lost On Jeopardy" is funny on its own with little resemblance to the source material. (Bonus question for the readers: what was the name of the song satirized?)
Fixed it for ya. ;)
Yeah that one’s good too.
“Did I mention the drive-thru?”
Hey, dude... is it true, like, you can get a like a reward and money and stuff for like providing information about drug dealers?
Cuz I wanna turn in Maceman over there, man.
I love his Al TV interviews like this one with Eminem
E: “You know what I’m saying”
Al: “No, I don’t know what you’re saying.”
They play these clips at his concerts.
Yeah, man, I got something all right, but I don’t think I can open the trunk with it!
“Our Love’s in Jeopardy”?