"Weird Al" Yankovic's 14th LP,Mandatory Fun
has entered no.1 on this week's Billboard 200 chart. In the past week he released eight music videos during eight consecutive days in anticipation of this new album. The music videos have accumulated around 20 million views between them during their first week live. The placement marks the comedian's first no.1 album, but even bigger than Mr. Yankovic is that fact that Mandatory Fun
is the first comedy album to debut at no.1 in 54 years. The last one was The Button-Down Mind Of Bob Newhart
According to Billboard the LP sold 104,700 copies in its first week. The outlandish music videos, and their rapid fire releases definitely had something to do with it. Star studded support was a life line for Yankovic during Mandatory Fun
's release, who was told by his record label — RCA — that they would not finance any of the music videos for the record's tracks. With strong comic haunches to lean on, Yankovic turned to the laugh factories of Funny or Die, College Humor and Nerdist for support and funding. Each video was privately funded by Yankovic's collaborators with add generated proceeds going directly to the funding party. While the record is doing extremely well, most of the success it's seen is coming from stream after hilarious stream of each one of those star studded spoofs. Whose laughing now RCA?
"Weird Al" has had two previous top 10 albums. The first was 2006's Straight Outta Lynwood
, the second 2011's Alpocalypse
, with his best sales week being when Straight Outta Lynwood
sold 73,000 copies in its first week.
Yankovic tweeted about his shock and appreciation of the news. It's been a long time coming, after all, the mans been pumping out parody gold since 1983.
Tacky (Pharrell - Happy Spoof)
Word Crimes (Blurred Lines Spoof)
FOIL (Lorde - Royals Spoof)
Handy (Iggy Azaela - Fancy Spoof)
Lame Claim to Fame
First World Problems