‘Weird Al’s’ ‘Fun’ Becomes First Comedy Album to Reach No. 1 in 50 Years

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“Weird Al” Yankovic has collected his first No. 1 album, as the antic musician’s latest release became the first comedy album to top the U.S. chart in more than half a century.

Yankovic’s “Mandatory Fun” (RCA) captured the pinnacle with sales of 104,000 copies in its debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending July 20. His previous peak came in 2011, when “Alpocalypse” reached No. 9. The veteran parodist’s album was pushed by a video campaign led by “Tacky,” his spoof of Pharrell’s “Happy.” Comedy last reigned on the chart in 1963, when Allan Sherman’s “My Son, the Nut” became the Chicago-born comic’s third No. 1 LP.

Three other new titles followed Yankovic’s album onto the chart. Jason Mraz’s “Yes!” (Atlantic) placed at No. 2, entering with 81,000 units sold. The singer-songwriter matched the peak of his last release, “2012’s Love is a Four Letter Word.”

Chicago rock quartet Rise Against logged on at No. 3 with “The Black Market” (Interscope), tallying 53,000. The group matched the peak of its 2008 collection “Appeal to Reason,” but performed shy of 2011’s “Endgame,” which topped out at No. 2.

The tireless Kidz Bop Kids franchise climbed aboard at No. 4, as “Kidz Bop 26” (Razor & Tie) sold 46,000. The latest collection of toddler-friendly covers includes versions of chart hits such as “Let It Go,” “Pompeii” and (like Yankovic’s entry) “Happy.”

The top 10 was filled out by the “Frozen” soundtrack (No. 5, 43,000 sold, off 6%), Sam Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour” (No. 6, 35,000, down 17%), Ed Sheeran’s “x” (No. 7, 24,000, off 32%), the “Now 50” compilation (No. 8, 23,000, up 4%), Trey Songz’s “Trigger” (No. 9, 23,000, off 35%) and Blake Shelton’s “Based On a True Story” (No. 10, 22,000, up 3686%). Country singer Shelton’s 69-week-old release received its huge bump from discount pricing at the iTunes Store.

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  1. Jane S. says:

    Good, job, Al! Not only he is a very intelligent guy but seems down to earth, with a stable family life. Very pleased for him.

  2. Mjkbk says:

    Al, you’re the Energizer Bunny of musical parodists. Keep up the good work. We ALWAYS need more music and laughter…..preferably at the same time.

  3. M. F. Sibley says:

    Love you, Weird Al! Everything you’ve ever done is in good, clean fun. Keep up the good work. You rock! :-)

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