"Weird Al" Yankovic still can't believe that he has his first number-one of his 35-year career.
The man who created hit parodies of songs by Michael Jackson in the 1980s, Nirvana in the 1990s and rapper Chamillionaire in the 2000s saw his latest album, Mandatory Fun, hit the top of the Billboard 200 chart powered by a campaign of eight music videos released in eight days. Yankovic admits that topping the album chart is something he's still "trying to wrap my brain around... The fact that I've been able to make a living out of this all this time that to me alone is success. But to have this kind of validation at this point in my career is pretty amazing."
Here's a couple of historic feats "Weird Al" scored this week:
- Mandatory Fun is the first comedy album ever to debut at number-one and the first comedy album to top the album chart since Allan Sherman's My Son, the Nut did it in 1963.
- "Word Crimes," the parody of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," debuted at number-39 on the Hot 100 singles chart. That means Yankovic joins a very select group of artists who've had Top 40 hits in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s -- Madonna and Michael Jackson are the only other people to do that.