News

Weird Al parodies his way to top of Billboard chart

Weird Al parodies his way to top of Billboard chart

BILLBOARD TOPS:Weird Al Yankovic arrives at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California Feb. 12. Photo: Reuters/Danny Moloshok

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Weird Al” Yankovic, the parody singer and cult figure, on Wednesday earned his first No. 1 album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on the strength of several viral videos released online.

Parodying pop hits such as Pharrell’s “Happy” (“Tacky”) and Lorde’s “Royals” (“Foil”), Yankovic’s “Mandatory Fun” album sold 104,000 copies in its debut week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

Billboard said it is the first comedy album to top the chart since 1963, adding that “Mandatory Fun” had the most weekly sales for a comedy album since 1994.

Yankovic, who has scored hits over the past 30 years with parodies such as “Like a Surgeon”(Madonna’s “Like a Virgin”) and “Amish Paradise” (Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise”) launched a promotional campaign releasing eight new music videos in as many days.

The next three spots on the Billboard 200 were all claimed by debuts: singer-songwriter Jason Mraz was No. 2 with “Yes!” selling 81,000 albums, rock band Rise Against’s “The Black Market” was No. 3 with 53,000 copies and Kidz Bop Kids’ “Kidz Bop 26″ was No. 4 with 46,000.

The soundtrack from Disney’s animated hit “Frozen” held on to fifth place, extending its run in the chart’s top five to 31 weeks.

In the digital songs chart, “Rude,” from Canadian reggae fusion band Magic! held on to first place with 195,000 downloads.

Total album sales for the week ended July 20 were 4.4 million, an 8 percent decline from the same week last year, Billboard said. Overall year-to-date album sales are 133.5 million, a 15 percent decrease from the same period last year.

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey and Mary Milliken; Editing by Jan Paschal)

Latest Headlines

in Entertainment

Easy April Fools’ Day pranks

aprilfools

Looking for a quick and easy way to pull a fast one? Check out these perfect pranks for kids, coworkers, and friends.

in Music

Willie Nelson announces lineup for July 4 picnic

willienelson

The legendary musician is bringing his picnic back to Austin, Texas.

in Entertainment

Robin Williams’ image cannot be used for 25 years

Actor and comedian Robin Williams poses during a press tour promoting his new movie "License To Wed" in Santa Monica, Calif., Friday, June 15, 2007.

The "Mrs. Doubtfire" star will not appear in any form of publicity until 2039.

in Music

Music festivals ban ‘selfie sticks’

selfie

You'll just have to have long arms if you're taking a selfie at Coachella or Lollapalooza.

in Lifestyle

Amazon wants to help you get your housework done

A box from Amazon.com is pictured on the porch of a house in Golden, Colorado on July 28, 2008.

Amazon is offering to help get your chores done, with listings for everything from housecleaning to goat grazing.