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'Weird Al' Yankovic parodies his way to top of Billboard chart

Published on Jul 24, 2014 6:07 AM

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Weird Al" Yankovic, the parody singer and cult figure, on Wednesday earned his first No. 1 album on the weekly US Billboard 200 album chart on the strength of several viral videos released online.

Parodying pop hits such as Pharrell's Happy (Tacky) and Lorde's Royals (Foil), Yankovic's Mandatory Fun album sold 104,000 copies in its debut week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

Billboard said it is the first comedy album to top the chart since 1963, adding that Mandatory Fun had the most weekly sales for a comedy album since 1994.

Yankovic, who has scored hits over the past 30 years with parodies such as Like A Surgeon (Madonna's Like A Virgin) and Amish Paradise (Coolio's Gangsta's Paradise) launched a promotional campaign releasing eight new music videos in as many days.

In this 2012 file photo, US comedian-singer "Weird Al" Yankovic arrives at the Staples Center for the 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California. "Weird Al" Yankovic on July 23, 2014 has scored a career-first number one album following a viral video campaign parodying two of the biggest hits of the past year. -- PHOTO: AFP
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