Weird Al Yankovic released his latest album, entitled “Mandatory Fun”, on July 15. As promotion for the album, he has released eight music videos over eight days. Take a look!
Three decades after his song-parody debut, Weird Al Yankovic is on track to have his first-ever No. 1 album. The final sales numbers won’t be released until later this week, but Billboard magazine has him neck-and-neck with Jason Mraz for the top spot.
Mandatory Fun is a witty and hilarious album that parodies some of the biggest hits of today. In typical Weird Al style, the videos are eclectic and entertaining (and some are also packed to the brim with some pretty hilarious comedians you might recognize).
Titles include “Word Crimes” (Robin’s Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”), “Tacky” (Pharrell’s “Happy”), “Foil” (Lorde’s “Royals”), and “Handy” (Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”)… just to name a few. Yankovic has released one video per day since dropping the album on July 15th.
Never heard of this guy? Yankovic released his first album in 1983, just two years after the dawn of MTV. Like so many new artists back then, he used the new medium to his advantage. “MTV was a big part in how I would advertise my albums,” he says. Teenagers watched MTV religiously, so in addition to song parodies, Yankovic made shot-for-shot video spoofs to play off that obsessive familiarity.
Our favourite #WeirdAlYankovic video from #MandatoryFun is “Word Crimes” which parodies Robin Thicke’s hit “Blurred Lines.”
Tell us what you think of Weird Al Yankovic’s latest album and #8Days8Videos 🙂