Posts tagged "Weird Al Yankovic"

Kanye And Paul McCartney Are Reportedly Working On A Track Called “Piss On My Grave”: Morning Mix

:: Kanye West might be collaborating with The BeatlesPaul McCartney on a track that is allegedly called “Piss On My Grave.” We can only really begin to imagine what that will sound like.[Page Six]

:: EDM badboy DeadMau5 calls out Trey Songz for stealing his remix of Calvin Harris‘ “I’m Not Alone.” However, the Scottish DJ managed to (hopefully) calm the Canadian beatsmith down. [Oh No They Didn't]

:: Rita Ora covered herself from head to toe in pearls for England’s V Fest, and she looks pretty amazing to say the least. [MTV]

:: Weird Al Yankovic completes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with a usual dosage of flare and nominates Barack Obama, the Dalai Llama and the Pope to be next in line. [Stereogum]

:: Round Hill Music won an auction for “Collide” crooner Howie Day‘s publishing catalog due to the singer’s recent bankruptcy. [Billboard]

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Simon Cowell Calls One Direction’s New Album “One Of Their Best”: Morning Mix

:: Simon Cowell says that he heard most of One Direction‘s new, slightly edgier album, and that it’s “one of their best.” Talk about a winning endorsement. [Twitter]

:: Kanye West is reportedly tracking down Paul McCartney for a collaboration to be featured in his follow-up to Yeezus. “Kanye and Paul have known each other for a long time but became more friendly recently,” a source said. [HipHopDX]

:: Best friends Taylor Swift and Jaime King took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge over the weekend. Swift then nominated Selena Gomez, who promptly stepped up. [MTV]

:: Justin Bieber also took on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, after being tapped by manager Scooter Braun. He nominated Barack Obama, Ellen DeGeneres and comedian Chris D’Elia. [Instagram]

:: That said, “Weird Al” Yankovic may have outdone everyone with his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. He nominated Obama, the Dalai Lama and the Pope. [Stereogum]

:: Chris Martin is reportedly seeing actress Jennifer Lawrence. He and Gwyneth Paltrow split after being married for more than a decade in March. [E!]

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Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! “Weird Al” Yankovic’s ‘Mandatory Fun’ Becomes His First #1 Album

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Whatever magical potion of longevity “Weird Al” Yankovic bathes in (we’re referring to his career here, sickos), it’s certainly doing the trick. The curly-weaved pop comedian chucked out eight music videos for songs off his new LP Mandatory Fun over eight days starting last week, and the resultant payoff is the first chart-topping album of Yankovic’s 31-year music career.

In total, Mandatory Fun sold 104,000 copies in its first week out of the gate, i.e. double the amount of what last week’s chart-topping album, Sia‘s 1000 Forms Of Fear, moved — a sure sign, music lovers, that the Alpocalypse is indeed nigh.

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“Weird Al” Yankovic Premieres “Lame Claim To Fame”: Watch Him Make Fun Of Name-Droppers

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As part of the “Eight Videos In Eight Days” installation for his new album Mandatory Fun, “Weird Al” Yankovic debuted his video for track “Lame Claim To Fame” today. Already premiering parodies of pop heavyweights such as Pharrell, Iggy Azalea, Lorde, and Robin Thicke, Weird Al doesn’t poke fun at celebrities this time around but, rather, makes jabs at the people who name-drop or claim to know today’s biggest cultural figures but really don’t.

“My sister used to take piano lessons from the second cousin of Ralph Nader,” Weird Al sings, which he then follows up with “Last year I threw up in an elevator next to Christian Slater.”

And the list goes on and on. While the video itself is a bit reminiscent of Peter Gabriel‘s “Sledgehammer,” the track is done in the style of your average southern blues rock band. It also might have you shouting “I’ve got a lame, lame claim to fame” by the end of it.  You’ve been warned. Watch the clip up top. More »

“Weird Al” Yankovic Bemoans “First World Problems” In Pixies Spoof: Watch

Weird Al” Yankovic bemoans “First World Problems” in his latest spoof, also the latest in his eight-videos-in-eight-days streak. In the style of alt-rock icons The Pixies, particularly frontman Frank Black‘s talk-singing vocal inflections, the pop parodist complains over a friend calling instead of texting. He fumes over having WiFi everywhere in his house except for his kitchen and receiving a vanilla latte without foam art. He also wears a wispy blond wig supplied by director Liam Lynch (Tenacious D‘s film Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, Yankovic’s Doors spoof “Craigslist”) — a pretty great attempt to “douchey,” as he tells PopCrush.

“First World Problems” appears on Mandatory Fun, Yankovic’s latest (and possibly last) album. To prepare, he listened to the Pixies’ entire catalog on repeat “until it just seeps into my brain,” as he said to Newsweek. Prior to that, he even performed Doolittle track “I Bleed” with the band in Los Angeles at a charity concert. More »

“Weird Al” Yankovic Debuts “Sports Song”: Watch

Weird Al” Yankovic shifts his focus from parodying pop songs to team anthems in “Sports Song.” In his latest video, he leads a marching band across a football field to rally the crowd. As to be expected from the proudly uncool funnyman, he does backpedal on some of his threats: “Okay, full disclosure: We’re not that great, but nevertheless, you suck!” Regardless, he nails it. He gets to exactly what sport songs are about, in a way that anyone can appreciate.

“I like to think that this is the kind of song that sports fans would love and people who hate sports would love,” Yankovic said to Radio.com. More »

“Weird Al” Yankovic Parodies Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” In “Handy”: Watch

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Just as he did nearly 20 years ago, song parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic tackles the rap song of the moment. In his latest video, he transforms Iggy Azalea‘s Clueless-loving “Fancy” into “Handy” – as in, he’s not in the murda bizness, but in plumbing, electrical, remodeling and more. Instead of a matching a cardigan to a plaid skirt suit, “Weird Al” wears a denim vest to work. He does sway his hips, though with fellow repairmen in overalls instead of a fashion club.

“Weird Al”’s “Handy” reminds of “Amish Paradise,” his 1996 take on Coolio‘s “Gangsta’s Paradise.” (“Amish Paradise” appeared on his album Bad Hair Day, which went on to sell a million copies.) In both songs, he’s proudly uncool while also sounding just as bold as the original songs – proof that no matter how he flips the pop song’s script, “Weird Al” ultimately appreciates the source material. Watch “Weird Al”‘s “Handy” up top, then revisit “Amish Paradise” (featuring The Brady Bunch‘s Florence Henderson) below. More »

“Weird Al” Yankovic Parodies Lorde’s “Royals” With “Foil”: Watch The Video

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Who knew “Weird Al” Yankovic was going to be as prolific as Queen Beyonce by rolling out a new music video each day this week? Following “Tacky” and “Word Crimes,” the next order of business off new album Mandatory Fun is “Foil,” a goof on Lorde‘s “Royals.” The video has Yankovic teaming up with College Humor and depicts the pop comedian as a looney tunes cooking show host (watch for Patton Oswalt‘s turn as Al’s producer) who goes from singing the praises of aluminum foil to theorizing on the Illuminati’s takeover of the world. More »

“Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Blurred Lines” Parody “Word Crimes”: Watch The Educational Lyric Video

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Pharrell Williams has been inescapable on the radio over the past year, thus making him a prime target for “Weird Al” Yankovic on his latest album Mandatory Fun. You’ve likely already caught Al’s video for “Happy” parody “Tacky,” and, yes, even Daft Punk and Pharrell’s “Get Lucky” gets riffed on in Yankovic’s latest polka medley on the album, along with a slew of other chart hits from the past couple years.

Now, as if Robin Thicke doesn’t have enough woes lately — anyone pick up a copy of Paula the other week? Didn’t think so —  “Weird Al” sends his and Pharrell’s “Blurred Lines” by sending us all back to grammar school with “Word Crimes.” More »

Weird Al Yankovic’s “Happy” Parody Video “Tacky” Stars Margaret Cho, Jack Black & Others: Watch

“Weird Al” Yankovic, the virtual Energizer Bunny of music, is back with new album Mandatory Fun this week (it’s out July 15) and a video for “Tacky,” his goof on Pharrell William‘s ridiculously huge smash “Happy.” Fans of the enduring pop comedian will be happy to see him wriggling his arms and jumping around like a cad in downtown Los Angeles’ Palace Theatre throughout the clip…but he’s also enlisted some of his jokey colleagues for cameos. Nerdist.com premiered the video exclusively today, so go watch Jack Black, Margaret Cho, Aisha Tyler and Modern Family‘s Eric Stonestreet ham it up in Weird Al’s latest yuckfest.