31 years after his debut, the parody singing comedian finally scored his first No. 1 album with “Mandatory Fun,” which was released only last week! It was a touch-and-go between him and Jason Mraz’s “Yes!” but Mr. Yankovic prevailed.
“Mandatory Fun” was sold in 104,700 copies, and this is just the first week it’s been out.
Although everyone knows who Al is, and he has his own target demographic that still loves him even 31 years later, it was still really weird (we had to, sorry) that he knocked Jason out of his socks.
Why? Well, Jason has a younger audience, he creates contemporary music and he’s in his mid thirties while Al is 54 and has a pretty unusual and hard-to-reach audience.
“Mandatory Fun’ is Al’s 14th studio album, and on it are parodies of Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX’s “Fancy” (“Handy”), Pharell’s “Happy” (“Tacky”) and Lorde’s “Royals” (“Foil”) among others. Music videos have been released for these mentioned songs as well as for “Word Crimes” (Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”) and two originals, “First World Problems” and “Lame Claim to Fame.”