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IN TUNE - Wonderful Weird Al Yankovic

Ian Bredenkamp says the comedy musician is the talk of the town.

Ian Bredenkamp.

This week Weird Al Yankovic became the first artist in 50 years to top the Billboard charts with a comedy album. That's no easy feat. He entered the charts at number one, bumping Rihanna, Beyonce and all the rest of them out the way.

Entitled Mandatory Fun, Yankovic went against convention by releasing eight music videos for eight songs, eight days in a row. Utter madness if you were running a record company on the 1980s. But in the new world with new rules, it did the trick and made Yankovic the talk of the town.

Yankovic has been recording parody songs since the 1980s and had lampooned everyone from Nirvana to Madonna. My first Weird Al experience was with his classic song Fat, a take on the Michael Jackson hit Bad. I was 10 years old, impressionable, and became a fan for life.

The songs off the new album include First World Problems, Word Crimes and Foil - an ode to tin foil based on _Royals _by Lorde". There aren't many people who write compelling lyrics on foil, I assure you.

So if you're looking for a good laugh go and check out Weird Al's YouTube channel. Or even better, buy the music.

Tweet me: @IanBredenkamp

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