I think the world needs a little comic relief from time to time. How opportune then that Weird Al, comic reliever extraordinaire, has broken into the top 10 with his new album Straight Outta Lynwood.
"I literally danced a little jig (when I found out)," Yankovic says.
To be more specific, Al has just received the jig-worthy news that his album debuted this month at #10 on the Billboard 200. His Chamillionaire parody "White and Nerdy" also hit No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. That beats (or eats?) his 1984 heavy metal classic "Eat It."
This milestone event has many critics scratching their heads, wondering if Americans just sharpened their comedy sense over the last 20 years or if there's something else to blame.
As for Al, he attributes YouTube, that trailblazing tool of indie publicity, with a lot of the credit.
"It seems like he's come full circle," says Dan Mackta, a marketing director at Zomba Label Group. "A lot of the artists he's parodied have come and gone, but Al is kind of a pop culture icon at this point."
Chapeaux, Al. It's high time you got the respect you deserve.