Interview with Weird Al Yankovic - 071514



Here is our latest interview with Weird Al Yankovic, who has released his 14th studio album, "Mandatory Fun"!
 


(New York, New York) - July 15, 2014 - Multi-Grammy Award winner "Weird Al" Yankovic's 14th studio album, Mandatory Fun, is available now in stores and online via RCA Records. The album features parodies of some of the biggest hits of the past year, including Pharrell Williams' "Happy" ("Tacky"), Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" ("Word Crimes"), Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" ("Handy"), Lorde's "Royals" ("Foil") and Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" ("Inactive"). The album also features several inspired originals and pastiches ("Lame Claim to Fame," "Sports Song," "My Own Eyes," "Mission Statement," "First World Problems" and "Jackson Park Express") along with Al's latest accordion-fueled medley, "NOW That's What I Call Polka!"
 
Further in the spirit of Mandatory Fun's bid for world domination, Al began releasing 8 music videos in 8 days with the premiere of "Tacky"  esterday via Nerdist.com. The video features all-star cameos from Jack Black, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal, Margaret Cho and Aisha Tyler.  This morning,  ABC's The View premiered the broadcast debut of "Word Crimes" followed by an online premiere with VEVO. Additionally Yankovic's other production partners for the world premiere videos include College Humor, Yahoo, Funny or Die and TruScribe, as well as talented auteurs like Liam Lynch, Jarrett Heather and Tim Thompson. Other videos will premiere on Amazon and PopCrush.
 
Mandatory Fun Tracklisting:
1. Handy
2. Lame Claim to Fame  
3. Foil        
4. Sports Song      
5. Word Crimes  
6. My Own Eyes                  
7. NOW That's What I Call Polka!                  
8. Mission Statement        
9. Inactive             
10. First World Problems    
11. Tacky  
12. Jackson Park Express  
 
"Weird Al" Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history with over 12 million albums sold. Now in his fourth career decade, he has released 13 studio albums, won 3 Grammys (with 14 nominations) as well as countless awards and accolades for his classics such as "Eat It," "Like a Surgeon," "Fat," "Smells Like Nirvana," "Amish Paradise," "The Saga Begins" and many more. His 2011 album Alpocalypse (featuring the Lady Gaga parody "Perform This Way") debuted in the Billboard Top 10 and was nominated for two Grammy Awards (Best Comedy Album and Best Short Form Video).

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