Weird Al Nabs His First No. 1 Album
Even weirder: that it took parody master Yankovic this long to top the Billboards
By Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2014 1:04 PM CDT
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(Newser) – With an A-list cast that includes Jack Black, Margaret Cho, and Eric Stonestreet, it’s not surprising that "Weird Al" Yankovic’s Mandatory Fun album, released last week, has been garnering attention. It’s also not surprising that the accordion-playing satirist’s 14th album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart—except it kind of is, since it’s the first time Yankovic has grabbed the top spot, reports Mashable.

What didn't hurt his publicity efforts, according to Mashable: Yankovic's #8videos8days promotion, which is, well, just what it sounds like. "It’s official," Yankovic tweeted this morning, adding his own disbelief in a follow-up tweet: "If you’d told me 30 years ago this would happen, I never would’ve believed it. If you’d told me 2 WEEKS ago, I never would’ve believed it." He’s probably feeling tacky, er, happy right about now.

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Your_Name
Jul 24, 2014 9:39 PM CDT
Accordion Al has it made at last....Too long ago to have possibly existed, before CDs and cell phones--Weird Al was there....Hope he keeps the hits right on comin'
DanJake
Jul 24, 2014 2:51 PM CDT
I remember Weird Al got censored, at least once. It was not for obscenity, but for misuse of a corporate name. The song was about a kid-loving clown, and logically he gave that clown a name, which seemed to underscore his kinkiness. Logically, the clown was a "kink," and being a clown, his name ended in an "o" like so many clown names. The song was, "Kinko, the Kid-loving Clown." And, it just so happened, that there was a printing and copying service, named Kinko's, which had branches all over the country. I heard that song on a local radio station that catered to an audience for humorous and spoof songs. I only heard it on one day, and it was quite memorable. It was not censored for obscenity, but for misuse of a corporate name (most likely unintentional). Well, so much for !st Amendment protections.
Ezekiel 25:17
Jul 24, 2014 11:27 AM CDT
Its been a long time since UHF so I'm glad to see him come into his own finally. I am in Tulsa and will do the UHF tour. Francis Ford Copolla has a house in Tulsa at the time as did his favorite producer, Grey Frederickson. That's how UHF wound up in Tulsa because he was there to shoot Rumble Fish and The Outsiders. Grey had a ready force of proven extras and crew to draw upon the make UHF. You will notice the ever disappearing moles of Al as he has surgery during the production.