2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
After over 30 years of composing parody masterpieces, “Weird Al” Yankovic finally has a No. 1 record. “Mandatory Fun,” which debuted on July 15 — with a slew of inventive videos — topped the Billboard 200 charts, beating out Jason Mraz’s new album.
Yankovic, who has released 14 studio albums, including “Mandatory Fun,” tweeted the news early Wednesday morning.
It’s official. MANDATORY FUN enters the Billboard album chart this week at #1. Wow. WOW.— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) July 23, 2014
If you’d told me 30 years ago this would happen, I never would’ve believed it. If you’d told me 2 WEEKS ago, I never would’ve believed it.— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) July 23, 2014
I’m so pleased everybody is enjoying the album, and I’m enormously grateful for everyone’s support. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) July 23, 2014
The album was accompanied by eight original music videos, which trickled out to the Internet over the course of eight days. The videos included parodies of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” Lorde’s “Royals,” Pharrell’s “Happy” and others.
Billboard reported that “Mandatory Fun” sold “104,000 copies in the week ending July 20, according to Nielsen SoundScan.”
This is not the first time that “Weird Al” Yankovic has been in the top 10, however. In 2006 “Straight Outta Lynwood” reached No. 10, and 2011′s “Alpocalypse” reached No. 9.
Here are the videos that took the Internet by storm:
2) “Word Crimes”
5) “Sports Song”
6) “First World Problems”
7) “Lame Claim to Fame”
8) “Mission Statement”
Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email email@example.com.More Sarah Gray.
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