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Weird Al Earns First #1 With Mandatory Fun

The eight-videos-in-eight-days plan worked! "Weird Al" Yankovic has released more than a dozen albums, in a music career that's lasted over 30 years, but none of those albums has hit #1 on the Billboard chart until this morning. Mandatory Fun, Yankovic's latest, sold 104,700 copies in the past week, which is good enough to skate… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 23, 2014 - 8:35 am

“Weird Al” Yankovic – “Mission Statement” Video

"Weird Al" Yankovic specializes in broad, silly one-joke songs, whether they're parodies or not, and he's been releasing videos for them for the entire past week. With his new album Mandatory Fun out, Yankovic has shared seven videos in the past week, and some of them, "Tacky" in particular, have been great. But on the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 21, 2014 - 11:26 am

“Weird Al” Yankovic – “Lame Claim To Fame” Video

Today's Weird Al fix is the video for "Lame Claim To Fame." It's a parody in the style of Southern Culture On the Skids, which is a band that I didn't think was big enough to justify a parody. The song sees Weird Al recounting chance encounters with celebrities, including Steve Buscemi, Steven Segal, Jonah… More »

By: James Rettig / July 20, 2014 - 12:53 pm

“Weird Al” Yankovic – “First World Problems” Video

The weekend may be here but "Weird Al" week marches on. His latest video is a Pixies pastiche and sees him ranting about "First World Problems," like not being able to fast forward commercials during live TV and his barista not bothering to make a foam design on the top of his vanilla latte. "I… More »

By: James Rettig / July 19, 2014 - 12:48 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Some weeks, we get an absolute deluge of great videos, but I can't remember any other weeks as rich as this one. I thought about blowing it out to a top-10 list this week, but that would take forever. So here are the runners-up, in descending order: Hot Sugar's Lynchian dream "Your Nails Look SoMore »

By: Tom Breihan / July 18, 2014 - 1:51 pm

“Weird Al” Yankovic – “Sports Song” Video

On the back of his new album Mandatory Fun, "Weird Al" Yankovic recently promised eight videos in eight days, and thus far, he's actually overdelivered. Earlier this week, we saw his videos for "Tacky," "Foil," and "Handy," as well as his lyric video for "Word Crimes." Last night, he was on Conan, and his performanceMore »

By: Tom Breihan / July 18, 2014 - 11:13 am

Watch “Weird Al” Yankovic Bring An Incredible “Tacky” Performance To Conan

Great American "Weird Al" Yankovic released his new album Mandatory Fun this week, and he's been blitzing us with new videos since Monday. The first of those was also the best: "Tacky," Yankovic's celeb-heavy take on Pharrell's "Happy." And when Yankovic appeared on Conan last night to perform the song, he gave an inspired performance… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 18, 2014 - 8:59 am

“Weird Al” Yankovic – “Handy” Video (Iggy Azalea Parody)

"Weird Al" week continues! Amazing human being "Weird Al" Yankovic just released his new album Mandatory Fun, and he's already shared videos for the Pharrell parody "Tacky" and the Lorde spoof "Foil," as well as a great lyric video for his Robin Thicke skewering "Word Crimes." And now it's come time, inevitably, for him to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 17, 2014 - 11:11 am

Stream “Weird Al” Yankovic Mandatory Fun

Weird Al Yankovic has pretty much dominated the week in music, which is objectively awesome -- I haven't listened to this much Weird Al since I was blasting "Amish Paradise." We've seen amazing videos for his new parodies of Lorde's "Royals" ("Foil"), Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" ("Word Crimes"), and Pharrell's "Happy" ("Tacky"); heard the latestMore »

By: Miles Bowe / July 16, 2014 - 5:44 pm

“Weird Al” Yankovic – “Foil” Video (Lorde Parody)

The latest in Weird Al Yankovic's eight-videos-in-eight-days Mandatory Fun rollout plan is "Foil," his parody of Lorde's "Royals." What begins as a celebration of preserving leftover food spirals into a conspiracy theory anthem -- tin foil hats, see? Patton Oswalt guests as a video director with a secret and The State/Reno 911! guys Tom Lenno… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 16, 2014 - 11:08 am

Here’s Weird Al’s New Polka Medley Covering Miley Cyrus, Daft Punk, Macklemore, & More

Stereogum founder Scott Lapatine has noted several times lately that the polka medleys have always been the best part of Weird Al Yankovic's albums, and he might have a point. Basically, in addition to numerous parodies and originals, Yankovic always stitches together a string of pop hits covered as ebullient traditional polka tunes; Here's aMore »

By: Chris DeVille / July 15, 2014 - 3:51 pm

“Weird Al” Yankovic – “Word Crimes” Video (Robin Thicke Parody)

National treasure "Weird Al" Yankovic, in a clear effort to dominate this week's 5 Best Videos Of The Week countdown, is in the midst of releasing eight new videos in eight days, all to promote his new album Mandatory Fun. Things started yesterday, with his amazing and cameo-heavy video for the Pharrell parody "Tacky." Today,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 15, 2014 - 12:08 pm

“Weird Al” Yankovic – “Tacky” Video (Pharrell Parody)

In the YouTube era, Weird Al's shtick isn't so novel anymore. The songs he spoofs on his 14th album Mandatory Fun"Happy," "Royals," "Fancy," "Blurred Lines," etc — have already been parodied on the Web. But Yankovic realizes that he'd be better off with a more timely release strategy, not beholden to the LP… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 14, 2014 - 11:29 am

The Week In Pop: Sia Steps Out Of The Shadows, Sort Of

You've known Sia Furler for a while whether you realize it or not. The Australian singer and songwriter has been hovering around the music industry for nearly two decades. She scored a UK hit with the exceptionally late-'90s-sounding 2000 trip-hop single "Taken For Granted," but the Sneaker-Pimps-meets-Spice-Girls approach didn't fly in the US. Thanks i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 3, 2014 - 3:16 pm

Weird Al’s Mandatory Fun Tracklist Reveals Probable Parodies Of Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Robin Thicke

A couple of weeks ago, comedy-rock god "Weird Al" Yankovic teased the forthcoming release of his new LP Mandatory Fun, which will be his 14th studio album and which may turn out to be his last. All we knew about it was that it would include a perhaps-inevitable Iggy Azalea parody. Yankovic has just unveiled… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 2, 2014 - 9:12 am

New Weird Al Album, Maybe His Last, Out Next Month

Weird Al Yankovic announced on Twitter that his new album will be released on July 15. It's his first album since 2011's Alpocalypse and it may in fact be his last -- in a blog post last year, Al said that he was "carefully weighing his options" after this album, which is the last for… More »

By: James Rettig / June 15, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Hear Tyler The Creator, Nick Cave, Katy Perry, And Others Cover “Daisy Bell”

Though it was a lovely little folk tune originating in 1892, "Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built For Two)" has been the subject of strange interpretations at least since Hal 9000 sang it in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Now artist Mark Ryden (whose influential album artwork includes Tyler, The Creator's Wolf cover) has put together a compilatio… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 12, 2014 - 10:28 am

Watch Liz Phair, Ben Folds, Weird Al Audition For Star Wars‘ Cantina Band

In honor of Star Wars Day ("May the fourth be with you, revenge of the fifth..."), CollegeHumor rounded up some musicians to audition for the Mos Eisley Cantina Band. The sketch sees artists assuming Star Wars alter egos like BF-1138 (Ben Folds), Liz Ph'Air (Liz Phair), and Weird Al'Attacka'Duwacca (Weird Al). Reggie Watts, Rick Springfield,… More »

By: James Rettig / May 5, 2014 - 4:26 pm

Tyler, The Creator, Katy Perry, Weird Al Cover “Daisy Bell” For Mark Ryden’s The Gay Nineties

I don't know if any actual music-industry figures could've made this happen, but Mark Ryden, a pop-art painter who's done a ton of album covers over the years, has lined up an impressive and all-over-the-place lineup of musicians to cover the same song on one album. This past weekend, Ryden opened a show called The… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 5, 2014 - 9:16 am

Watch Long-Lost Postal Service Audition Footage

The Postal Service has never exactly been a wellspring of comedy, but they did have the good sense to recruit Tom Scharpling, who is extremely good at this sort of thing, to make them a pretty amazing video. Scharpling's video purports to be the lost 2002 footage that led Ben Gibbard to join Jimmy Tamborello'… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 5, 2013 - 11:44 am