Weird Al Yankovic Finally Has A No. 1 Album
After dominating the internet for a week, the singer-comedian tops the charts for the first time in his three-decade career.
Weird Al Yankovic's 14th album, Mandatory Fun, debuted at No. 1 on this week's Billboard 200, selling just over 104,700 copies in the week ending July 20, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Thirty-one years into his career, it's Yankovic's first No. 1 album. It also appears to be the first No. 1 debut for a comedy album in some 54 years, since Bob Newhart's The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart hit No. 1 in 1960.
The new album, which features parodies of songs by Iggy Azalea, Pharrell, and Robin Thicke, may be Yankovic's last. "I hate to draw lines in the sand and say this is absolutely the last album, but it sure looks that way," he told the Associated Press. "It's the end of my record deal. I've been under contract since 1982 and I just kind of feel like especially with the kind of music that I do, the album format isn't the best way to deliver that music... I'm going to try to jump on new hits and new trends as soon as I can (with singles) and try to be a little bit more competitive with everybody else in the world on YouTube."
Yankovic expressed surprise at the victory and thanked fans on Twitter:
A previous version of this article misspelled the name of Yankovic's 2011 album.