By Kevin Rutherford
Weird Al Yankovic has scored a triumph with his new album, which is his first to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as revealed today (July 23).
Yankovic broke the news on his Twitter this morning, expressing joy at finally scoring his first chart-topping album on the general U.S. chart, selling 104,000 copies in his first week according to data from Nielsen SoundScan. He’s previously scored Nos. 1 on the comedy albums chart.
“If you’d told me 30 years ago this would happen, I never would’ve believed it,” the musician tweeted. “If you’d told me 2 WEEKS ago, I never would’ve believed it.”
He added: “I’m so pleased everybody is enjoying the album, and I’m enormously grateful for everyone’s support. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.”
While the official news story from Billboard is still being awaited, it’s thought that Yankovic’s No. 1 is not just his first on the chart. Billboard notes it’s believed that Mandatory Fun is the first comedy album to hit No. 1 on the chart in 51 years, dating all the way back to Allan Sherman’s My Son, the Nut in 1963.
The album is also his best-selling in his first week since Nielsen started tracking data in 1991. His previous best was 2006’s Straight Outta Lynwood, which sold 73,000.
He eventually bested the new album from Jason Mraz, YES.
It’ll be curious now to see what happens with Yankovic’s singles on the charts. The singer released eight music videos to promote the album, many of which have been massive hits, garnering millions of views — including parodies of “Happy” (“Tacky”), “Royals” (“Foil”), “Fancy” (“Happy”) and “Blurred Lines” (“Word Crimes”).
And it looks like, album-wise, Yankovic could be quitting while he’s finally ahead. In an interview with Radio.com last week, he noted that Mandatory Fun would likely be his final conventional record.
“I was reading a review yesterday morning where the writer was saying that it’s more important for it to be timely than good, which I don’t think I agree with but there’s a kernel of truth in that,” Yankovic said. “People just want it right away and right now, and if it’s like a day after they wanted it, like, ‘Why are you telling me this now?’ In order for me to be competitive with everyone else on YouTube, I’m going to have to get my stuff out there as soon as humanly possible.”