Weird Al Yankovic

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The time has come. "Weird Al" Yankovic, the biggest selling comedy recording artist of all time, has returned to demolish the pop landscape with Alpocalypse, his first full-length studio album in nearly five years.

Few would have guessed that Yankovic, who as an awkward, accordion-playing teenager got his start sending in homemade tapes to the Dr. Demento Radio Show, would go on to enjoy a varied and successful career that is now entering its fourth decade. Over that time he's won 3 Grammys (with 12 nominations), racked up 31 Gold and Platinum Albums, and won countless awards and accolades for Weird Al classics like "Eat It," "Like a Surgeon," "Fat," "Smells Like Nirvana," "Amish Paradise" and "The Saga Begins." Yankovic is also well-known for his cult-hit feature film UHF (1989), his late '90s CBS Saturday morning series The Weird Al Show and the numerous AL-TV specials that he's made for MTV and VH1 over the years. His previous album Straight Outta Lynwood (2006), the highest-charting of his career, spawned the Billboard Top 10 single "White & Nerdy," the video of which spent two months at #1 on iTunes and garnered over 100 million hits on the Internet.

Since then, Yankovic has performed 240 concerts throughout North America, Australia and Europe, including England's All Tomorrow's Parties Festival. He released his greatest hits package The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic (Legacy), directed the themed attraction "Al's Brain: A 3-D Journey through the Human Brain" (featuring cameos by everybody from Fabio to Paul McCartney) and accumulated over 2 million followers on Twitter. And with the recent release of his children's book When I Grow Up (HarperCollins), Al now adds "New York Times Bestselling Author" to his resume. An app version of the book will be available for the iPhone and iPad soon.

The first single from Alpocalypse is the Lady Gaga parody "Perform This Way." This song has already had its fair share of controversy. suffice it to say that after a number of crossed wires and a crazy one-day media firestorm, all is well - the song has Lady Gaga's full approval and blessing. Yankovic is directing the video clip for "Perform This Way," and his proceeds from the single and video will go to the Human Rights Campaign.

Alpocalypse also features parodies of Miley Cyrus ("Party In The CIA"), Taylor Swift ("TMZ"), B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars ("Another Tattoo") and T.I. ("Whatever You Like"). The album's requisite polka medley - "Polka Face" - features accordion-driven versions of songs by the biggest artists of the day, including Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Britney Spears, P!nk, Lady Antebellum, Katy Perry and of course, Lady Gaga.

The album also features a fine assortment of Al originals, including the Doors homage "Craigslist" (with keyboards by original Doors member Ray Manzarek), the twisted love song "If That Isn't Love" (with Taylor Hanson on piano) and the provocatively-titled magnum opus "Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me."

The deluxe version of Alpocalypse includes a DVD with 10 music videos by some of the world's top animators and directors: Bill Plympton, JibJab, Augenblick Studios, Ghostbot, SuperNews, Divya Srinivasan, Cris Shapan, Koos Dekker, Brian Frisk and Liam Lynch.
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26th July 2014 -

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Released on the 22nd of July, the album shifted an impressive 104,000 copies in its first week according to figures released by Nielsen SoundScan, but the man behind parody songs including 'Eat It' and 'Amish...

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