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Posted by: Dave on October 4, 2006 at 3:05 pm

WierdAlLynwood“Weird Al” Yankovic has been making albums full of novelties and parodies for nearly 25 years. He’s certainly had enough success to sustain his career, but he’s apparently never sold enough albums in one week to crack the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 album chart…until now. According to Billboard sales figures, the latest from “Weird Al,” Straight Outta Lynwood, has sold more than 74,000 copies in its first week in stores, making it the #10 album in the country. According to his official site this is his “very first Top 10 Album ever!”

I’d like to congratulate him, first, and then wonder how in the hell this milestone has occurred at this stage of his career. His songs and videos have always been quite amusing, sometimes even hilarious and he’s certainly been more of a household name in past years. Perhaps it’s the strength of the first single, “White and Nerdy,” which parodies Chamillionaire’s recent smash hit “Ridin’ Dirty.”

Here’s a link to the video. You’ve got to hand it to him, he’s still got it.



5 Responses to ““Weird Al” Scores First Top 10 Album Ever”

  1. Cohan Says:

    It’s about time the rest of the world caught on to what I’ve known since I was 9 years old (when his first, self-titled album came out): Alfred Yankovic is a deity.

  2. Matt Says:

    To me the reason Al is enjoying such late-career success is simple: You Tube. I must’ve had the video forwarded to me from five different people.

    In the relatively short time that You Tube has been up, it’s inspired the transmission of countless amateur comedy videos, song parodies, etc. Then an O.G. like Al steps into the ring and shows all the kids who “Forgot About Al” (if they ever even knew him) how it’s really done.

    Kudos to him for recognizing a hot song to parody and not being afraid to switch up his style. He could easily have gone with something easier, like Justin Timberlake (“I’m playing HackySack,” anyone?) Judging from this video, Al’s got mic skills as decent as Jack Black’s rock chops – which is why it works and has the Internet going nuts. And lot of “real” rappers could take a cue from Weird Al when it comes to punchlines…

    So congrats to Weird Al. I still have his debut on vinyl somewhere in Allentown and have fond memories of kicking it to “My Bologna” and “Another One Rides the Bus.”

  3. Dave Says:

    I know You Tube and email forwarding in general probably played a large role in raising people’s awareness of “White and Nerdy.” But what’s impressive to me is that this translated to actual album sales.

    People could have been satisfied with just watching the video once or even several times. People could have downloaded the song legally or illegally. But in this era of declining CD sales, 74,000 people actually went out and bought the whole album. I haven’t heard the rest of it, but I bet they’re not disappointed.

    As you said Matt, the O.G., the man who brought us “I Lost On Jeopardy,” “Addicted to Spuds” and “Yoda” is back.

  4. Mr. Juice Says:

    I think he should do a Dukes-of-Hazard parody of the Killers’ “When You Were Young”:

    “He doesn’t look a thing like Enos, but he walks like a po-lice man.”

  5. Ben Says:

    Addendum: The new Meat Loaf single is better than radio version of “When You Were Young.” (Not the Jacques Lu Cont remix, however.) Flowers’ fans say they like to call his shambolic, half-crap Spingsteen knock-off “cinematic.” Well, Mr. Loaf delivers on that count in spades, for sure.

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