“Weird Al” Yankovic — the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history with over 12 million albums sold — has returned with his first album in three years, Mandatory Fun. In the past, Yankovic has always parodied pop music’s most successful artists and songs, notably Michael Jackson‘s (“Eat It”) and Madonna‘s (“Like A Surgeon”) during the 1980s.
That trend continued in the following decades, answering the obvious question: What can we look forward to with his new album?
“The kind of crazy stuff you’d expect from a guy like me.”
To promote Mandatory Fun — released on July 15 — “Weird Al” is releasing eight videos in eight days; the first being a parody of Pharrell’s “Happy” called “Tacky”; the second is an assault on the slaughtering of the English language called “Word Crimes,” a parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” Music video budgets can run pretty high, but “Weird Al” found a way around that.
“I’m working with different partners,” said Yankovic. “I did one with Nerdist, one with Funny Or Die, one with CollegeHumor.”
“There are a lot of portals online that are looking for product and looking for cool things,” he adds. “I get a free video and they get a nice product.”
Listen to Scott Shannon’s full interview with “Weird Al” Yankovic: