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Weird Al tops US album charts with new parodies

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“Weird Al” Yankovic has made a triumphant return to the music scene, with a series of parodies of major modern singles that have seen his new album Mandatory Fun shoot to No.1 on the US album charts.

Yankovich became a household name in the 1980s when he recorded parody versions of Michael Jackson’s hits Bad and Beat It,which he renamed Fat and Eat It.

To promote his new album, Yankovich released eight videos in eight days, starting with Tacky on July 14, a very funny retake of Pharrell Williams hit song Happy, which includes cameos from Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet and actor Jack Black in the accompanying video.

The satirical singer has also has recorded a toned-down version of the controversial 2013 smash song Blurred Lines called Word Crimes, which is about people who can’t spell.

Other songs he has bastardised include, Lorde’s Royals and Australian singer Iggy Azalea’s Fancy.

Here’s some of his new videos:

“Tacky” (parody of “Happy” by Pharrell)

“FOIL” (parody of “Royals” by Lorde)

“Word Crimes” (parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”)

“Handy” (parody of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”)

“First World Problems” (style parody of Pixies)

“Mission Statement” (style parody of Crosby, Stills and Nash)