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Petition for Weird Al to play the Super Bowl reaches 50k signatures

Weird Al Yankovic could be this year’s Super Bowl halftime performer, if some determined fans have their way.

Ed Ball created a petition on change.org to have Yankovic play the Super Bowl, and as of Thursday morning, the petition has gotten over 50,000 signatures. “The theatrics alone would be hilarious and a welcoming change,” Ball wrote, “and draw a wider audience of fans that typically would not tune into the championship game or half-time show.”

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Video: Weird Al trades 'Happy' for 'Tacky' in celeb-filled Pharrell parody

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Master parody artist Weird Al Yankovic is back, and this time, Pharrell’s “Happy” is his target.

“Tacky”—the first of eight videos he’s releasing over eight straight days in advance of his new album, Mandatory Fun—cleverly and playfully criticizes the everyday bad habits of our postmodern society.

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'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Stories Behind The Songs

For 35 years, “Weird Al” Yankovic has been music’s most reliable satirist, sending up the biggest pop hits and the most iconic artists for the sake of belly laughs. He’s about to release a brand new album called Mandatory Fun on July 15, so to prepare for a fresh batch of tunes we caught up with Yankovic to get the stories behind hits both big and small.  READ FULL STORY

'Weird Al' Yankovic talks Lady Gaga, 'Alpocalypse,' and why he's funnier than Madonna

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Today, “Weird Al” Yankovic celebrates the release of Alpocalypse, his 13th proper album and his best, most consistent release in years. (And thanks to a day-long Internet dust-up with Lady Gaga over his “Born This Way” parody “Perform This Way,” also his best publicized.)

Always the underdog and, by his own admission, a trafficker in extra-disposable culture, Yankovic has made a career of not only making fun of specific songs and artists but also of topical trends and musical styles.

All of that (plus a massive mash-up of polka versions of pop songs) are on Alpocalypse, highlighted by the surprisingly dark “Skipper Dan,” a narrative about an out-of-work actor serving as the host of a jungle cruise ride at an amusement park. Yankovic discussed his new album, his long career and the secrets to a great parody when EW caught up with him recently.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What are the secrets to a great parody?
WEIRD AL YANKOVIC:
Timeliness, sustainability and independence. That third one is really important. It needs to be funny even if you’ve never heard the original song that’s being parodied. It needs to work just as a funny song without having any reference to the source material.

And I think the best example of this personally was when I did “American Pie” as “The Saga Begins.” It was about the Star Wars prequels, and it was a huge hit on Radio Disney. And the people that listened to Radio Disney, I would guess, were not intimately familiar with a Don McLean song from 1971. But they enjoyed the song even without really knowing it was a parody.

And what made that even funnier was that the year after I did my parody, Madonna did her techno-pop cover version of “American Pie,” and all these kids were going, “How come Madonna’s doing an unfunny version of a Weird Al song?” So that was odd.

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Weird Al's Lady Gaga parody 'Perform This Way': Watch the (disturbing) video here

Who’s that pretty lady in the photo at right?

That would be Weird Al (with an assist from an anonymous young woman’s ab-tastic body and much, much post-production magic), doing his best of Gaga’s greatest sartorial hits—the “Born This Way” egg, the bubble gown, and of course, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame meat dress.

Though some may remember that his parody was initially axed at the source by Gaga management, Al’s take on Mother Monster’s “Born This Way” can now run free: “My mama told me when I was hatched/act like a superstar/Save your allowance/buy a bubble dress/and someday you will go far.” Ouch. Other highlights include a Madonna jab and the scariest interpretation of a troll doll the internet has ever seen.

Does anyone else think that Al looks a bit like Jane Krakowski in his glittery blue fairy attire? Sorry, Ms. Maroney. See for yourself after the jump. All of the proceeds from the song and the video will go to the Human Rights Campaign, so you’re doing it for charity: READ FULL STORY

The Lonely Island SNL crew score top album debut—where do they stand in the pantheon of blockbuster comedy albums?

This week’s Billboard album chart tells the same story it has been telling for the past few months, as Adele’s juggernaut 21 has notched yet another week at the top spot.

With that and yet another entry in the Now That’s What I Call Music! series taking up the top two slots, the highest-charting debut belongs to the Lonely Island, which checks in at number three with around 68,000 albums sold.

That’s a pretty impressive number, especially when you consider the variables. While Turtleneck & Chain is both hilarious and fantastically catchy (which is important, because the jokes can’t last forever), it also consists largely of songs that people have heard before in various other forms, mostly as digital shorts on Saturday Night Live, and appeals to an Internet-savvy audience less likely to actually go out and purchase music (the same can be said of the sales of Tyler, the Creator’s Goblin, which also had a respectable debut this week).

So who are the Lonely Island’s peers on the Mount Rushmore of comedy albums? Glad you asked.

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Lady Gaga's manager says Weird Al rejection was his fault

Yesterday, “Weird Al” Yankovic took to the Internet to express his frustration with Lady Gaga, who had withheld her endorsement of Al’s “I Perform This Way”), a parody of her “Born This Way.”

Though Al would have been free to release the song anyway, he doesn’t like to rankle artists and always seeks their approval. Without Gaga’s stamp, his version was relegated to the vault.

But news traveled quickly, and Al received overwhelming support for the song (which he posted to YouTube). By the time the day was out, Al’s thumbs-down had been turned right side up:

“Gaga’s manager has now admitted that he never forwarded my parody to Gaga—she had no idea at all,” Yankovic wrote on his blog. “Even though we assumed that Gaga herself was the one making the decision (because, well, that’s what we were TOLD), he apparently made the decision completely on his own. He’s sorry. And Gaga loves the song.”

The track will now appear on Al’s upcoming album, will serve as the first single and will get a proper video treatment. And he still plans to give the proceeds from the single and video to the Human Rights Campaign.

Read more at EW.com:
Lady Gaga vs. Weird Al: The road to the release of his parody of ‘Born This Way’
Lady Gaga reveals cover art for ‘Born This Way’ album: Do you like Gaga as a machine?
Lady Gaga gets nearly naked, slams haters, and defends ‘Born This Way’ in new interview

Lady Gaga vs. Weird Al: The road to the release of his parody of 'Born This Way'

Lady Gaga has been courting controversy her entire career, to the point where the star sometimes takes heat for stuff she hasn’t even done yet.

And while she’s busy beating back people hating on her choice of album cover art, she also alienated legions of “Weird Al” Yankovic fans (or at least the two million people who follow him on Twitter).

The longtime parodist published a blog post today explaining why his new track “I Perform This Way”—a parody of Gaga’s char-topping smash “Born This Way”—is currently being given away for free and not getting a featured spot as the first single from his upcoming new album (nor is it getting a proper video treatment). Check out his version after the jump.

Update: Yankovic’s manager told the New York Times on Wednesday evening that Gaga’s camp has given permission for “Perform This Way” to appear on Weird Al’s next album.

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