It took 30-plus years and 14 albums, but “Weird Al” Yankovic has finally reached the top of the music mountain. The polka-loving pop parodist will score his first career #1 debut this week thanks to Mandatory Fun, which features rewrites of songs by Iggy Azalea, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, Lorde and Imagine Dragons.
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Yankovic made his way to the top with 104,000 copies of his LP sold, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. It’s his best open and it also marks the first time a comedy album has debuted at #1 since Allan Sherman’s My Son, The Nut in August 1963.
Though Al’s hinted that this might be his final effort, Yankovic is seemingly going out in style, releasing videos for eight songs over eight days through a variety of different web partners. So far, the videos have rung up more than 20million collective views.
Mellow strummer Jason Mraz had to settle for a #2 debut for his fifth album, Yes!, which moved 81,000 copies, while punk vets Rise Against were just behind at #3 with Black Market (53,000).
Over on the iTunes album chart, Shawn Mendes’ self-titled debut EP slipped in at #5. Further down the Billboard line, the debut from fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff’s side project Bleachers, Strange Desire, landed just outside the top 10 at #11 with sales of just over 21,000.
MAGIC!’s “Rude” held down the top spot on the Billboard Digital Songs chart again (195,000), while Sam Smith’s breakthrough “Stay With Me” was up a spot to #2 (164,000) and 5 Seconds of Summer’s “Everything I Didn’t Say” came in at #4 (149,000), marking the band’s sixth song to chart in the run-up to Tuesday’s release of their self-titled album.
Sia’s “Chandelier” made it it into the top 10 for the first time, climbing 8 spots to #10 on sales up 83,000.