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Pharrell, Lorde Parodies Help Weird Al Land No. 1 Debut

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Weird Al Yankovic has landed the first No. 1 album of his 31-year career, with the new "Mandatory Fun" hitting the top spot on this week's Billboard 200 chart with 104,000 first-week copies sold.

The set includes parodies of Pharrell Williams' "Happy" ("Tacky"), Robin Thicke's ("Blurred Lines"), Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" ("Handy"), Lorde's "Royals" ("Foil") and Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" ("Inactive") along with some Yankovic originals in the style of other artists, and he promoted the release by issuing eight daily videos rather than focusing on one single.

Yankovic tells us that "Mandatory Fun" isn't really different from any of its 13 predecessors in his catalog:

"Y'know, the process is pretty much the same as it's always been. The challenge for me is always to try to think of different ways to be funny and not repeat myself comedically and fall back on the same old tropes that I've used in the past. But having said that, it's the same kind of formula. It's six original songs, it's five parodies and the polka medley, and I'm tackling the biggest hits of the past of the last couple years and I'm kind of being as eclectic as possible and trying my hands in a bunch of new genres I haven't had a chance to yet."

Yankovic will not be touring this year but plans to hit the road again in 2015.

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