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Weird Al Yankovic Scores His First No. 1 Album — 31 Years After His Debut!!!

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They said it couldn't be done!

"Weird Al" Yankovic just scored his first No. 1 album with Mandatory Fun, which was released last week.

On top of Al's very popular online presence last week with his music videos, his album sales had been projected to land him in either first for the week, or second behind Jason Mraz's latest entry Yes!.

But, after a close race for some of the week, Al's viral marketing campaign paid off and won him the top spot with 104,700 sold, beating Jason by more than 20,000.

What's even more amazing about this feat is that Jason is a 37-year-old contemporary artist with a much younger audience, whereas Weird Al is 54 years old with a harder-to-reach demo.

Notably, had Yes! outsold Mandatory Fun, it would have been Jason's first No. 1 album as well.

This is Weird Al's 14th studio album; the first, "Weird Al" Yankovic, debuted at No. 139 in April of 1983.

That's an incredible three-decade trek up to No. 1.

And just cause we love you all so much, here's a list of the music videos that Weird Al released over the last week:

"Tacky" - based off "Happy" by Pharrell
"Word Crimes" - based off "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell
"Foil" - based off "Royals" by Lorde
"Handy" - based off "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
"First World Problems" - an original, parodying the style of Pixies
"Lame Claim to Fame" - an original, parodying the style of Southern Culture on the Skids

The amount of work that must have gone in to coordinating eight music video releases in just as many days, paired with a CD release is insane.

That hard work just makes Weird Al's first No. 1 album all the more deserved!

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2 comments to “Weird Al Yankovic Scores His First No. 1 Album — 31 Years After His Debut!!!”

  1. 1

    Yes!!!! Now we need him to do this to movies!!!

  2. 2

    Re: wildwitch
    I would love that!
    Can you imagine what he could do with a Twilight movie? LMAO!