It was only a matter of time! "Weird Al" Yankovic taught us to "Eat It" instead of "Beat It," act "Like a Surgeon," instead of a "Virgin," and recently, get "Handy," instead of "Fancy." With all this pop parody gold and a multiple-decade spanning career, our pal Al has finally reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200. That's right: a comedian has the top record in the country right now!
Mandatory Fun is Weird Al's fourteenth album and his first to hit No. 1. The record boasts of melodic mockeries of some of the biggest hits in recent memory, including Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" via "Word Crimes," Pharrell's "Happy," with "Tacky," and Lorde's "Royals" with "Foil." Great stuff!
The accordionist tweeted a series of surprisingly serious (and sentimental!) comments on his new success:
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.— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) July 23, 2014
I’m so pleased everybody is enjoying the album, and I’m enormously grateful for everyone’s support. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) July 23, 2014
Much deserved, Al!