'Weird Al' Yankovic Returns with Mandatory Fun, Hits Billboard's No. 1 Spot
“Weird Al" Yankovic’s parody of the song “Ridin’” by Chamillionare ("White & Nerdy") started a new era in 2009. Teens praised the King of Parodies, but once he disappeared, everyone kind of forgot he existed.
Thankfully, “Weird Al" is back, and this time, he’s taking over the charts.
Yankovic sold more than 104,000 copies of his new album Mandatory Fun, nabbing his first No. 1 spot on Billboard.
“If you told me 30 years ago this would happen, I never would have believed it,” Yankovic, 54, tweeted upon hearing the news. “If you told me 2 WEEKS ago, I never would have believed it.”
The satirical artist released a video online every day for eight days earlier this month, causing him to become a viral Internet star. He even got more exposure than huge stars such as Jason Mraz, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake and Jay Z in the last week.
The comic received money from Funny or Die, Yahoo! and College Humor to fund his videos.
“Weird Al's" videos parodied hit songs such as Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (renamed as "Word Crimes"), Pharrell’s “Happy” ("Tacky"), Iggy Azelea’s “Fancy” ("Handy") and Lorde’s “Royals” ("Foil"). Yankovic doesn’t use a parody to attack a song or artist; he simply uses the music and lyrics to create a hilarious and strange alternative song.
According to ABC News, singer Pharrell was honored when he found out that “Weird Al" was making a spoof of his song. “He wrote me a letter and I was like, ‘Aww, what?!’” he said.