Weird Al Yankavic Still Rocking
HOLLYWOOD – ENTERTAINMENT – After 14 albums Weird Al Yankovic earns his first number one album on the U.S. Billboard chart with “Mandatory Fun.”
“Weird Al” Yankovic, singer, says “It means a lot to me. I’m extremely excited and I’m grateful for the supoort of the fans.”
The singing comedian first gained notoriety with his spoof of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” in 1983. Thirty-one years later Weird Al is surviving by tapping into social media.
“Weird Al” says, “I wanted to do something that would appeal to the online community, and on the internet things get chewed up and spit out pretty quickly, so I wanted to do something where people could get excited about it and then the next day, instead of being bored they would have something else to look forward to.”
The 54-year-old released one new song a day for eight days running, beginning on July 14 with “Tacky,” a celebrity-filled video spoof of Pharrell’s hit”.