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(Onion AV Club)   Weird Al Yankovic can finally afford that diamond-encrusted swimming pool   (avclub.com) divider line 85
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2013-12-18 07:53:21 PM
But wil he wager it all on a spin of the

WHEEL

OF

FISH!?

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2013-12-18 08:05:06 PM

FirstNationalBastard: But wil he wager it all on a spin of the

WHEEL

OF

FISH!?

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YOU SO STUPID!
 
2013-12-18 08:05:38 PM
Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

Seriously. Al is a great guy.
 
2013-12-18 08:12:54 PM
Bah! The Admins put "Weird" into the headline text itself. The tag was supposed to carry it. =/

/OK, enough biatching over a green
 
2013-12-18 08:15:20 PM
Good for him.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-12-18 08:25:23 PM
He can watch his new 2,000 inch TV while he swims.
 
2013-12-18 08:39:06 PM
Good for him.
Fark Sony.
 
2013-12-18 08:54:54 PM
I wonder what his parents think about this.
 
2013-12-18 08:54:58 PM

Mentat: FirstNationalBastard: But wil he wager it all on a spin of the

WHEEL

OF

FISH!?

[a3.ec-images.myspacecdn.com image 482x301]

YOU SO STUPID!


SUPPLIES!
 
2013-12-18 08:59:33 PM
Lots of this going around lately. I guess musicians hired some better accountants to look at their numbers and accounts receivables.
 
2013-12-18 09:00:39 PM
Does that motherfarker not age? Is he immortal or some shiat??
 
2013-12-18 09:02:42 PM

BKITU: Bah! The Admins put "Weird" into the headline text itself. The tag was supposed to carry it. =/

/OK, enough biatching over a green


Ah, that would have been neat. Wonder why they did that. Do they think we won't know who Al yankovic is without "weird" proceeding his name?
 
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2013-12-18 09:06:05 PM
My kids have seen him in concert twice and also enjoy his books. Yes, he has written children books.
 
2013-12-18 09:09:05 PM

BHShaman: Lots of this going around lately. I guess musicians hired some better accountants to look at their numbers and accounts receivables.


One of the guys in the Eagles said in an interview that the record company's strategy is to pay the band just enough that they don't start asking questions.

When you sell millions and get paid nothing, the artist starts asking questions.
 
2013-12-18 09:10:07 PM
I'm glad to hear he'll be able to afford another solid gold Humvee.
 
2013-12-18 09:10:18 PM
Those things don't grow on trees.
 
2013-12-18 09:12:05 PM
One of my favorite Fark photoshops showed the RIAA headquarters going up in flames.

/wish I'd saved it
 
2013-12-18 09:12:53 PM

whosits_112: Does that motherfarker not age? Is he immortal or some shiat??


Maybe he consumed dick Clark's essence.
 
2013-12-18 09:12:56 PM
He also sued Ben Affleck. Does he really need a reason?

/saw him in concert
//will see him next time he's in town
///even if I have to sit next to the guy who knows ALL the lyrics
 
2013-12-18 09:18:07 PM

soporific: He also sued Ben Affleck. Does he really need a reason?

/saw him in concert
//will see him next time he's in town
///even if I have to sit next to the guy who knows ALL the lyrics


It's okay unless they know all the lyrics to Albuquerque.

That's when you run.
 
2013-12-18 09:21:31 PM

FirstNationalBastard: soporific: He also sued Ben Affleck. Does he really need a reason?

/saw him in concert
//will see him next time he's in town
///even if I have to sit next to the guy who knows ALL the lyrics

It's okay unless they know all the lyrics to Albuquerque.

That's when you run.


He knew all the lyrics to the concert-only songs, so I have no doubt he knows Albuquerque by heart.
 
2013-12-18 09:25:31 PM
Well, he warned them that he'd sue ya!
 
2013-12-18 09:46:49 PM
http://m.tulsaworld.com/news/local/rsu -marks-th-anniversary-of-uhf-by- dedicating-supply-closet/article_1b365 36e-25f1-11e3-a72c-0019bb30f31a. html?mode=jqm

I was on campus turning in some stuff for the nursing program and missed him by about 20 minutes. I got to see him at the Brady; it was great.

/go hillcats
//supplies!!!
 
2013-12-18 09:49:02 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

Seriously. Al is a great guy.

My dad wound up being his work out partner at a gym once.... had no idea who he was and Al didn't do the celeb. thing.... apparently super nice guy. Only found out when he asked Al what he did for a living.

 
2013-12-18 09:50:11 PM

part of the problem: AverageAmericanGuy: Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

Seriously. Al is a great guy.

My dad wound up being his work out partner at a gym once.... had no idea who he was and Al didn't do the celeb. thing.... apparently super nice guy. Only found out when he asked Al what he did for a living.


"I'm a musician. I mostly just play the accordion."
 
2013-12-18 09:53:16 PM

Jambalaya James: Has anyone listened to Alpocalypse? I used to listen to Weird Al as a kid but is it just goofy and kinda stupid or is he a  tiimeless musical legend?


This original song is on Alpocalypse. Decide for yourself.
 
2013-12-18 10:00:39 PM
 
2013-12-18 10:03:07 PM
Now he can do a song about Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece, jet planes, islands and tigers on a gold leash.
 
2013-12-18 10:03:19 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1n5XqwUkYw

Does he eat filet mignon seven times a day?
 
2013-12-18 10:04:28 PM

sovietski: http://m.tulsaworld.com/news/local/rsu -marks-th-anniversary-of-uhf-by- dedicating-supply-closet/article_1b365 36e-25f1-11e3-a72c-0019bb30f31a. html?mode=jqm

I was on campus turning in some stuff for the nursing program and missed him by about 20 minutes. I got to see him at the Brady; it was great.

/go hillcats
//supplies!!!


Back in 2000, I was in a music store at MacArthur Mall in Norfolk, VA. I heard the manager say, "Excuse me, sir, drinks are not allowed in the store." I look up to see who he was kicking out. Much to my surprise, it was Al! I went up to the manager and told him he just kicked out "Weird" Al Yankovic! Saw him in concert that night and met him after the show. We had a bit of a laugh about that.

/that was the second time I actually got to meet him. First time he autographed my arm... had it tattooed there.
//Met him one other time since...
///end of CSB
 
2013-12-18 10:04:52 PM

PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: I'm glad to hear he'll be able to afford another solid gold Humvee.


That's because he's a living legend not some ordinary creep.
 
2013-12-18 10:05:48 PM

soporific: FirstNationalBastard: soporific: He also sued Ben Affleck. Does he really need a reason?

/saw him in concert
//will see him next time he's in town
///even if I have to sit next to the guy who knows ALL the lyrics

It's okay unless they know all the lyrics to Albuquerque.

That's when you run.

He knew all the lyrics to the concert-only songs, so I have no doubt he knows Albuquerque by heart.


Um, I've seen Al 3 times in concert and one third of the time he plays Albuquerque.

Twas GLORIOUS.
 
2013-12-18 10:07:22 PM
With that new money, he can go to the gas station of love and NOT use the self-service pump
 
2013-12-18 10:12:41 PM
He left his previous label, Scotti Brothers, because they issued compilations without his consent and tried to control the content of his albums.

Seriously, fark record labels. I'm looking forward to a future without them.
 
2013-12-18 10:13:32 PM
Can we finally get "Nature Trail to Hell in 3D" made now?
 
2013-12-18 10:13:39 PM
Well, money can't buy happiness, but he has enough now to rent it.
 
2013-12-18 10:16:24 PM

whosits_112: Does that motherfarker not age? Is he immortal or some shiat??


This
 
2013-12-18 10:18:39 PM
Remember. It' OK to sue over "ownership" of a bunch of zeroes and ones if the money goes to Weird Al. It's the other people that survive on royalties that should just relax and embrace continuous thievery without question.
 
2013-12-18 10:19:44 PM
Thing is though, after this next album will be his last studio album. After this he'll just release digitally. He can come up with any number of songs and just release them whenever he wants. Plus it will be more timely as he usually releases albums three or four years apart. So a song that is popular now that he may want to make a parody of may just be forgotten by the time the album comes out.
 
2013-12-18 10:21:52 PM

Mobius strip of human stupidity: Remember. It' OK to sue over "ownership" of a bunch of zeroes and ones if the money goes to Weird Al. It's the other people that survive on royalties that should just relax and embrace continuous thievery without question.


Wait, did you seriously just equate fans downloading music to a record label keeping money that was supposed to go to a musician?
 
2013-12-18 10:22:29 PM

MrEricSir: He left his previous label, Scotti Brothers, because they issued compilations without his consent and tried to control the content of his albums.

Seriously, fark record labels. I'm looking forward to a future without them.


He probably didn't like it, but he never left Scotti Brothers.

Scotti Bros. was bought by some company, which was bought by another company, which was bought by Sony, and that's how Al wound up on Volcano records, which is owned and distributed by Sony, and why Al sued Sony for his money.

In fact, Running With Scissors and Poodle Hat (the two he sued over) would have been his first two albums under Volcano/Sony.
 
2013-12-18 10:24:01 PM

MrEricSir: Mobius strip of human stupidity: Remember. It' OK to sue over "ownership" of a bunch of zeroes and ones if the money goes to Weird Al. It's the other people that survive on royalties that should just relax and embrace continuous thievery without question.

Wait, did you seriously just equate fans downloading music to a record label keeping money that was supposed to go to a musician?


Careful... he may ask if you would download a car!
 
2013-12-18 10:27:08 PM
I miss the mustache.
 
2013-12-18 10:31:10 PM
 
2013-12-18 10:34:18 PM

MrEricSir: Mobius strip of human stupidity: Remember. It' OK to sue over "ownership" of a bunch of zeroes and ones if the money goes to Weird Al. It's the other people that survive on royalties that should just relax and embrace continuous thievery without question.

Wait, did you seriously just equate fans downloading music to a record label keeping money that was supposed to go to a musician?


Don't expect logic from RIAA defenders.
 
2013-12-18 10:36:00 PM
Awesome. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
 
2013-12-18 10:42:53 PM

Richard_The_Clown: Thing is though, after this next album will be his last studio album. After this he'll just release digitally. He can come up with any number of songs and just release them whenever he wants. Plus it will be more timely as he usually releases albums three or four years apart. So a song that is popular now that he may want to make a parody of may just be forgotten by the time the album comes out.


I suspect the a-la (or is it AL-a) carte release option will be popular, combined with a once-every-two-years-or-so collection of the last few years' songs either reperformed or with a few new songs issued as an album.  Certainly seems to work well for Jonathan Coulton.
 
2013-12-18 10:43:53 PM

BHShaman: Lots of this going around lately. I guess musicians hired some better accountants to look at their numbers and accounts receivables.


Artists have done it for years, and the label's usual response was to cut off all payment and start a series of lawsuits until the artist settled.  Tom Petty was in and out of court with his label for years, and about Once a decade, the Beatles sue EMI and then settle a few months later.  Lesser artists can't hold out as long as big name stars.  Labels usually only pay nothing when they're dealing with massive one-hit wonder acts, like Milli Vanilli.

Weird Al is in an interesting position, as he's usually ignored or looked down upon by labels, but every few years he has a massive hit. Sony probably thought he be happy with whatever they gave him and didn't take into account that he's been at this for 40 years.

And withholding iTunes payments is the depth of stupidity on the part of the label, because everyone can see how many copies of a song or album have been sold, and Apple has a simple royalty structure.
 
2013-12-18 10:46:20 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: MrEricSir: Mobius strip of human stupidity: Remember. It' OK to sue over "ownership" of a bunch of zeroes and ones if the money goes to Weird Al. It's the other people that survive on royalties that should just relax and embrace continuous thievery without question.

Wait, did you seriously just equate fans downloading music to a record label keeping money that was supposed to go to a musician?

Don't expect logic from RIAA defenders.


You don't wanna mess with the RI-double-A,
They'll sue you if you burn that CD-R,
It doesn't matter if you're a grandma or a 7-year-old girl,
They'll treat you like the evil hard-bitten criminal scum you are!

So Don't Download This Song!
(Don't go!) Pirating music all day long
Go and buy the CD like you know that you should,
Oh, Don't Download This Song!
Thank you for the music. You've more than earned the solid gold HumVee, Al.
 
2013-12-18 10:49:05 PM
MrEricSir * * Smartest * Funniest 2013-12-18 10:12:41 PM He left his previous label, Scotti Brothers, because they issued compilations without his consent and tried to control the content of his albums. Seriously, fark record labels. I'm looking forward to a future without them.
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Once his contract wraps up (after this upcoming album), he has already posted on a blog entry that he's leaving record labels and just releasing stuff himself.

Because,
A) They do this kinda shiat to him.
B) He wants to be able to release songs RIGHT when they're relevant and not have to wait a long time.
C) It's... the future. Digital age biatch.
 
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