Indisputable king of pop music parody 'Weird Al' Yankovic is feeling slightly weird about the recent turn of events.
That’s because the 54-year-old singer – of such songs as Eat It, a culinary spoof on Michael Jackson’s 1983 hit Beat It, and Amish Paradise, the send-up of rapper Coolio’s 1995 sensation Gangsta’s Paradise – has finally scored his first No. 1 album on the US Billboard chart with Mandatory Fun, his 14th album release.
“It’s still hard for me to wrap my head around that,” Yankovic says in an interview. “It means a lot to me.”
Seemingly eclipsed at his own game by the rise of parody and fan-generated music videos online over the past decade and shut out from MTV when the network largely gave up music videos for original programming, Yankovic says that he’s survived the fickle game of pop by tapping into social media.