Weird Al Yankovic has hit the top of the Billboard national record charts for the first time in his long career. Not only that, it is the first comedy album to top the charts in 51 years. In 1963, the top album across the nation was “My Son, The Nut” which featured the song “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!” This week, the chart topper is “Mandatory Fun” featuring the song “Tacky,” according to ABC News on Wednesday.
Weird Al Yankovic made the news official on Wednesday morning by tweeting on Twitter that he had just learned that his new album had hit the number one spot on the recording charts. The 54-year-old comedic singer and songwriter messaged, specifically, “MANDATORY FUN enters the Billboard album chart this week at #1. Wow. WOW.” Yankovic has more than three decades of entertainment success.
He has maintained popularity with his unique style of song parodying. His best known song prior to the recent release has likely been “Eat It.” With that song parody, Yankovic turned Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” from the phenomenal “Thriller” album into a hit all over again by turning it into an eating song. Rather than being offended by Yankovic’s creative work, songwriters and singers have been generally flattered by his parodies. They have publicly stated that they have respect for Yankovic’s popular style of musical comedy.
On the most recent project that quickly went to the top of the charts, Yankovic turned Pharrell William’s incredibly popular hit song “Happy” into his own work. Yankovic calls his version “Tacky.” Billboard spoke with Pharrell who said he approved of Yankovic’s spoof of his hit song before it happened. He said that the musical comedian wrote him a letter and he excitedly gave his approval on the song project. “Mandatory Fun” is Yankovic’s fourteenth studio album.