It only took him over 30 years, but California singer-songwriter and parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic has finally achieved a milestone in his career. The 54 year old can finally say that he's reached the top of the Billboard charts.
"Weird Al"s new album Mandatory Fun has secured the top spot of the Billboard Top 200, selling a little under 104,000 copies in its debut week. This is the third time that "Weird Al" has managed to debut in the top 10 in his long career; his 2006 album Straight Outta Lynwood debuted at number 10 with 73,000 copies sold in its debut week, and his 2011 album Alpocalypse debuted at number nine with 44,000 copies sold in the first week. Mandatory Fun is also the first comedy album to reach number one on the Billboard Top 200 since Allan Sherman's 1963 album My Son, the Nut. "Weird Al"'s new album also holds the title of largest sales week for a comedy album since 1994.
On the album streaming side of things, Mandatory Fun has, as of July 22, set the U.S. record for having the most album tracks in the viral top 10 at one time on Spotify. The vocalist has also seen a 785 percent increase in streams across all of his 14 studio albums. Leading up to the album's release, "Weird Al" released eight music videos for eight tracks from Mandatory Fun. All eight videos have totaled over 46 million views combined in one week.
"Weird Al" Yankovic burst onto the scene in 1983 with his self-titled debut album, which spawned the singles "Ricky", "My Bologna", "Another One Rides The Bus", and "I Love Rocky Road". Since that release, the comedian has found success with numerous songs, such as "Eat It", "White & Nerdy", and "Amish Paradise" landing on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. In his legendary career, the parodist has earned three Grammys, 14 Grammy nominations, three Gold albums (1983's self-titled, 1993's Alapalooza, and 2006's Straight Outta Lynwood), and six Platinum albums (1984's "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D, 1985's Dare to Be Stupid, 1988's Even Worse, 1992's Off the Deep End, 1996's Bad Hair Day and 1999's Running with Scissors).