"Weird Al" Yankovic Lands First #1 Album Of His Career
July 23, 2014

Musical parody master "Weird Al" Yankovic now has the first #1 album of his career, as Mandatory Fun debuts atop this week's Billboard SoundScan sales chart. It is the first Comedy album to hit #1 on the Billboard chart since 1963 and has the largest sales week for a Comedy album in two decades. Billboard reports it is also Yankovic's third top 10 album in a row, following Alpocalypse in 2011 (#9) and 2006's Straight Outta Lynwood (#10). Mandatory Fun sold 104,000 copies in its first week in stores.

The success of Mandatory Fun is due in part to Yankovic's plan to release eight music videos in eight days, aiming for each one to go viral for 24 hours. The first two clips especially; "Tacky," a celebrity-laden Pharrell parody, and the grammar-correcting Robin Thicke parody "Word Crimes," were inescapable on social media last week.

Ironically, Yankovic has said it will likely be his last traditional full-length album, as he plans to move to releasing digital singles and EPs in the future. This morning, he tweeted, "It's official Mandatory Fun enters the Billboard album chart this week at #1. Wow. WOW. 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. I'm so pleased everybody is enjoying the album, and I'm enormously grateful for everyone's support. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU."

Pop singer-songwriter Jason Mraz debuts at #2 with his new album Yes!, followed by rockers Rise Against at #3 with The Black Market. It is the fourth top ten album for both Mraz and Rise Against. The newest Kidz Bop collection, Kidz Bop 26, debuted at #4.

The Frozen soundtrack lands at #5, followed by Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour at #6, Ed Sheeran's x at #7, the NOW 50 compilation at #8 and Trey Songz with Trigga at #9. Country star Blake Shelton comes in at #10 with Based On A True Story..., thanks to a deep discounted price in the iTunes Music Store.

"Rude" from Magic! remains the #1 song in the country on the Digital Singles chart.

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Mark Adams
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