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(The Hollywood Reporter)   Weird Al is set to have his first #1 album on the Billboard charts with "Mandatory Fun." About time   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 90
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2014-07-19 03:12:25 PM  
This is nothing against Al, but are album sales so shiatty that Weird Al can pull the #1 album on the charts now?
 
2014-07-19 04:11:39 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: This is nothing against Al, but are album sales so shiatty that Weird Al can pull the #1 album on the charts now?


I was just about to say the same thing. The guy's funny of course and he's definitely a talent but jeez there's nothing else out there?
 
2014-07-19 04:18:54 PM  
He who is tired of weird al is tired of life
 
2014-07-19 04:20:26 PM  
He's got this world on its knobby little knees he can do just what he please
 
2014-07-19 04:24:11 PM  
From the couple of videos I've seen so far, he'd putting out great stuff.

/yes sales are probably down, but you know he spent more time on his parodies than the original artists did on their stuff
 
2014-07-19 04:29:04 PM  
Weird Al is a nice, and funny person.
 
2014-07-19 04:30:47 PM  
Yeah,but what does MUTA  think?
 
2014-07-19 04:31:37 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: This is nothing against Al, but are album sales so shiatty that Weird Al can pull the #1 album on the charts now?


Yes.
 
2014-07-19 04:34:48 PM  

whither_apophis: From the couple of videos I've seen so far, he'd putting out great stuff.

/yes sales are probably down, but you know he spent more time on his parodies than the original artists did on their stuff


And his originals are light years better than most new music.
 
2014-07-19 04:37:45 PM  
So, having everything from the album available online for free hasn't actually sent Al to the workhouse?

Inconceivable.
 
2014-07-19 04:39:42 PM  

Sliding Carp: So, having everything from the album available online for free hasn't actually sent Al to the workhouse?

Inconceivable.


Don't tell the labels... They might have to create a new bogeyman and Sue a few more grandmas.
 
2014-07-19 04:40:52 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: This is nothing against Al, but are album sales so shiatty that Weird Al can pull the #1 album on the charts now?


Weird Al does the pop musician's crap better than they do.  "Word Crimes" is brilliant.  Yet, the sound of the song is terrible (based on some song I don't know), since the source is terrible.  So the parody outshines the original, as his work so often does.
 
2014-07-19 04:47:30 PM  
It's still All About The Pentiums

/Baby
 
2014-07-19 04:52:05 PM  
The fact that he wrote the best Devo song in existence, Dare to Be Stupid when not ever being in Devo says a lot to me.

/lovemesomeal
 
2014-07-19 04:54:02 PM  
His parents must be proud.
 
2014-07-19 04:58:02 PM  

Public Call Box: The fact that he wrote the best Devo song in existence, Dare to Be Stupid when not ever being in Devo says a lot to me.

/lovemesomeal


Loves me some Al too.

/leave the, leave the Al alone
 
2014-07-19 05:00:56 PM  
i1182.photobucket.com
 
2014-07-19 05:02:25 PM  
I don't like him. Does that make me edgy? Liberal? Come on... tell me. Tell me why.
 
2014-07-19 05:05:12 PM  

Public Call Box: The fact that he wrote the best Devo song in existence, Dare to Be Stupid when not ever being in Devo says a lot to me.

/lovemesomeal


And Ben Folds, and White Stripes.
 
2014-07-19 05:06:02 PM  
I like Weird Al even though he's pretty corny.

I posted this on a TFD Weird Al thread yesterday.

img.fark.net
 
2014-07-19 05:08:31 PM  
" I told you one day I would make you #1 on Billboard with a mullet."

laughingsquid.com
 
2014-07-19 05:16:17 PM  
Farking sellout.
 
2014-07-19 05:17:05 PM  

csi_yellowknife: Public Call Box: The fact that he wrote the best Devo song in existence, Dare to Be Stupid when not ever being in Devo says a lot to me.

/lovemesomeal

And Ben Folds, and White Stripes.


I know the White Stripes one is CNR which is my favourite from the last album, but which one is the Ben Folds one?
 
2014-07-19 05:22:19 PM  

Mugato: FirstNationalBastard: This is nothing against Al, but are album sales so shiatty that Weird Al can pull the #1 album on the charts now?

I was just about to say the same thing. The guy's funny of course and he's definitely a talent but jeez there's nothing else out there?


Billboard Album Charts of July 19, 2014

1. Trigga - Trey Songz
2. x - Ed Sheeran
3. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
4. Isolate and Medicate - Seether
5. Frozen OST
6. Don't Kill the Magic - Magic!
7. Platinum - Miranda Lambert
8. Ultraviolence - Lana Del Rey
9. Paula - Robin Thicke
10. Thanks for Listening - Colt Ford
11. Now That's What I Call Music! 50
12. Just As I Am - Brantley Gilbert
13. No Other Name - Hillsong
14. Ghost Stories - Coldplay
15. Remedy - Old Crow Medicine Show
16. The Hunting Party - Linkin Park
17. Lazaretto - Jack White
18. Jersey Boys OST
19. The New Classic - Iggy Azalea
20. Crash My Party - Luke Bryan

Does that answer your question?
 
2014-07-19 05:22:56 PM  

Public Call Box: csi_yellowknife: Public Call Box: The fact that he wrote the best Devo song in existence, Dare to Be Stupid when not ever being in Devo says a lot to me.

/lovemesomeal

And Ben Folds, and White Stripes.

I know the White Stripes one is CNR which is my favourite from the last album, but which one is the Ben Folds one?


"Why Does This Always Happen To Me" which, IIRC, Ben Folds actually played piano on.
 
2014-07-19 05:23:54 PM  

I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: 9. Paula - Robin Thicke


HOLD IT.  I thought this album had completely bombed.

How come it is on this list?
 
2014-07-19 05:24:04 PM  
Mraz, meanwhile, made his Billboard 200 debut 20 years later with  Waiting for My Rocket to Come.


Uh-huh-huh-huh
 
2014-07-19 05:36:02 PM  

Glitchwerks: I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: 9. Paula - Robin Thicke

HOLD IT.  I thought this album had completely bombed.

How come it is on this list?


Yeah, I saw that too.
 
2014-07-19 05:36:23 PM  

Glitchwerks: I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: 9. Paula - Robin Thicke

HOLD IT.  I thought this album had completely bombed.

How come it is on this list?


"Upon its release, Paula received generally mixed reviews from music critics. The album debuted at number nine on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 24,000 copies in its first week of release. The album sold only 530 copies in the UK,[2] 550 in Canada,[3] and 158 in Australia in its debut week."
 
2014-07-19 05:46:51 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: This is nothing against Al, but are album sales so shiatty that Weird Al can pull the #1 album on the charts now?


Yes.  The pop acts are back to churning out singles to make bank like the days when the 45s were king.
 
2014-07-19 05:51:14 PM  

I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: 4. Isolate and Medicate - Seether


Really?
Huh.  Good for them.
 
2014-07-19 05:54:58 PM  
Old Crow Medicine Show is on the chart? Good for them. IIRC they were discoverd on a street corner by Doc Watson.

/I am also confused by Paula being on there
 
2014-07-19 05:58:09 PM  
This is amazing, considering just 2 weeks ago, nobody even gave Al a thought, or knew what was coming. Good on him!
 
2014-07-19 06:00:11 PM  
It's the first album I've ever bought in digital form, and the first album in general since before Y2K.

It really helps that it's only 6 bucks right now, and I feel that's a pretty fair trade for how much entertainment he's given me.

/watching the Jurassic Park RiffTrax with Mike and Weird Al right now, wish he'd do more in the future!
 
2014-07-19 06:06:51 PM  

winterlunacy: This is amazing, considering just 2 weeks ago, nobody even gave Al a thought, or knew what was coming. Good on him!


Well I gave him thoughts, and DID know this* was coming, SO THERE!

*'This' being referred to here as the album, not his crushing of the Billboard Charts.  I'm not freakin' Nostradamus.
 
2014-07-19 06:22:07 PM  

IamKaiserSoze!!!: I like Weird Al even though he's pretty corny.

I posted this on a TFD Weird Al thread yesterday.


He's always seemed authentically corny, the voice of the tacky dork in the AV club. The kind of funny that shows like Tim and Eric SHOULD sound like.
 
2014-07-19 06:24:20 PM  
#1?  What is that, like 1,000 copies sold?
 
2014-07-19 06:27:20 PM  

i1.ytimg.com
"Don't tell me we actually made the list..."

 
2014-07-19 06:35:35 PM  
I've never been a fan but the bambina got a kick out of Word Crimes, so the guy's alright with me.
 
2014-07-19 06:46:35 PM  

I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: Mugato: FirstNationalBastard: This is nothing against Al, but are album sales so shiatty that Weird Al can pull the #1 album on the charts now?

I was just about to say the same thing. The guy's funny of course and he's definitely a talent but jeez there's nothing else out there?

Billboard Album Charts of July 19, 2014

1. Trigga - Trey Songz
2. x - Ed Sheeran
3. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
4. Isolate and Medicate - Seether
5. Frozen OST
6. Don't Kill the Magic - Magic!
7. Platinum - Miranda Lambert
8. Ultraviolence - Lana Del Rey
9. Paula - Robin Thicke
10. Thanks for Listening - Colt Ford
11. Now That's What I Call Music! 50
12. Just As I Am - Brantley Gilbert
13. No Other Name - Hillsong
14. Ghost Stories - Coldplay
15. Remedy - Old Crow Medicine Show
16. The Hunting Party - Linkin Park
17. Lazaretto - Jack White
18. Jersey Boys OST
19. The New Classic - Iggy Azalea
20. Crash My Party - Luke Bryan

Does that answer your question?



Yikes. The one at #13 is the world-touring "praise band" from an Australian megachurch. If sales are bad enough that the insipid dreck that is "Christian" music can make the Top 20, then there's definitely room for Weird Al.
 
2014-07-19 06:53:18 PM  
Considering that popular music is a joke in itself--why not?
 
2014-07-19 06:58:14 PM  
I first became aware of Weird Al via the Doc Demento Show when I was 15. I am now 51.

That guy has staying power. Good on him.
 
2014-07-19 07:00:43 PM  

TofuTheAlmighty: His parents must be proud.


TOO SOON
 
2014-07-19 07:06:15 PM  
So can we schedule him for the Super Bowl next year?
 
2014-07-19 07:11:59 PM  

Fox10456: So can we schedule him for the Super Bowl next year?


"Sports Song" off the new album would be perfect for it.

/Not surprised Frozen's is in the top 5
// people just can't -sunglasses- let it go
 
2014-07-19 07:12:44 PM  

I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: Mugato: FirstNationalBastard: This is nothing against Al, but are album sales so shiatty that Weird Al can pull the #1 album on the charts now?

I was just about to say the same thing. The guy's funny of course and he's definitely a talent but jeez there's nothing else out there?

Billboard Album Charts of July 19, 2014

1. Trigga - Trey Songz
2. x - Ed Sheeran
3. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
4. Isolate and Medicate - Seether
5. Frozen OST
6. Don't Kill the Magic - Magic!
7. Platinum - Miranda Lambert
8. Ultraviolence - Lana Del Rey
9. Paula - Robin Thicke
10. Thanks for Listening - Colt Ford
11. Now That's What I Call Music! 50
12. Just As I Am - Brantley Gilbert
13. No Other Name - Hillsong
14. Ghost Stories - Coldplay
15. Remedy - Old Crow Medicine Show
16. The Hunting Party - Linkin Park
17. Lazaretto - Jack White
18. Jersey Boys OST
19. The New Classic - Iggy Azalea
20. Crash My Party - Luke Bryan

Does that answer your question?


This is a very rare opportunity, ladles and jellyspoons.  We all need to get together, get off our metaphorical cynical asses, hike our gonads up around out adenoids, drop the parents jokes, hit the keys, and do whatever we need to do to kick the current crop of manufactured R&D robopop upside their pointy little noggins, by supporting Al in this endeavor.  Not because you think he's funny, as your indvidual may vary.  Not because you hate the original songs he's parodying, he asks permission from the artists to make sure they're cool with it, and that shows they have a good idea where they stand.  Not because he may have made you a vegetarian meatloaf that melted in your mouth, and not in your gravy, you lucky bastard.  No.  Do it because right now we can show the world at large that we still control the charts, and can still do so with good, old-fashioned common horse sense.  And, no telling which artist might just poop their pants beause Al knocked them down the charts, that'd be something to laugh at right there.
 
2014-07-19 07:14:28 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: This is nothing against Al, but are album sales so shiatty that Weird Al can pull the #1 album on the charts now?


It is funny stuff, but the real genius here is how he's dropping this album. 8 new videos over an 8 day period is putting him on the top of news stories every day, and it's a different site every day.

I'm really impressed with this, for one because it shuts up all of the haters. "Can he stay relevant in the age of YouTube?" Yep. He is dominating YouTube right now.

Of course, I said it the other day, he got his start on the YouTube of his day, so he's really already been here.
 
2014-07-19 07:16:01 PM  

Truman Burbank: Yikes. The one at #13 is the world-touring "praise band" from an Australian megachurch. If sales are bad enough that the insipid dreck that is "Christian" music can make the Top 20, then there's definitely room for Weird Al.


I know the RIAA will blame piracy for all this, but it seems to me that most people just go to YouTube to watch the videos for the hit singles and simply do not care about buying albums any more.
 
2014-07-19 07:18:05 PM  

Mr_Fabulous: I first became aware of Weird Al via the Doc Demento Show when I was 15. I am now 51.


Me too (but minus two years).
 
2014-07-19 07:21:09 PM  

Glitchwerks: Truman Burbank: Yikes. The one at #13 is the world-touring "praise band" from an Australian megachurch. If sales are bad enough that the insipid dreck that is "Christian" music can make the Top 20, then there's definitely room for Weird Al.

I know the RIAA will blame piracy for all this, but it seems to me that most people just go to YouTube to watch the videos for the hit singles and simply do not care about buying albums any more.


They're just doing what their programming tells them.
 
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