“Weird Al” Yankovic announced on Facebook Aug. 5 that his latest album, “Mandatory Fun,” is now available in vinyl. The album sits at #3 on the Billboard 200 of Aug. 9, its second week on the chart and a week after it debuted at #1.
In addition to its spot on the Billboard 200, Yankovic holds several other places on the Billboard charts this week. “Mandatory Fun” is #2 on both the Digital Albums and Internet charts. The single from the album, “Word Crimes,” is #36 on the Streaming Songs chart and #91 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. He's also #17 on the Artist 100 chart.
The #1 ranking of "Mandatory Fun" resulted in a number of TV appearances by "Weird Al," including one on "The Tom Green Show" where a clearly emotional Yankovic received the Billboard award for his achievement. In a newly published e-book called "Weird Al," he is interviewed by writer Mara Altman who found him quite down-to-earth.
The top-of-the-chart ranking for “Mandatory Fun” #1 was the first time a comedy album had hit the top of the Billboard charts since Allan Sherman did it not once but twice in 1963. His album “My Son, the Nut,” which contained the hit single “Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! (A Letter From Camp),” reached #1 on Aug. 31, but that was not the first time he'd had a top charting Billboard album that year. His album “My Son, the Celebrity” also did it on March 9.
Sherman's “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah!,” peaked with a three-week run at #2. It was edged out on Aug. 24, 1963 by Stevie Wonder's “Fingertips (Part II)” and The Angels' “My Boyfriend's Back” the following two weeks.
At the just concluded San Diego Comic Con, Shout Factory! announced it would be releasing his movie “UHF” on Blu-ray. The long out-of-print “The Compleat Al,” only released on VHS up to this point, is also being released for the first time on DVD. Both will come in November, according to "Weird Al's" Facebook page.