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‘Weird Al’ is just as popular — if not more so — as he was 20 years ago

In the age of YouTube, when everyone races to create a parody the minute a song gets popular, who knew there was still such an appetite for the original song-parody king?

“Weird Al” Yankovic is back with a new album, released last week — and despite the Internet being filled with satire tunes, the singer is on target to land his first No. 1 album. Experts predict that the album sales could hit 80,000, possibly his best debut week ever.

“I’ve been roughly doing the same thing for many, many years, and this is the best week of my life in terms of response from people,” Yankovic said in an AP interview. “It’s insane.”

Some of his most popular songs over the years include “Eat It” (Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”), “Amish Paradise” (Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise”) and “Smells Like Nirvana” (Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”). Among the targets this time around: “Foil” (Lorde’s “Royals”), “Word Crimes” (Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”) and “Handy” (Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”).

However, this is likely the last album for Yankovic, who realizes that times are changing. His record contract — which he’s had since 1982 — expires this year, and he recognizes “the need to be more immediate” these days.

“The album format isn’t the best way to deliver the music,” he said.

“Weird Al” Yankovic poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. (Casey Curry/Invision via Associated Press)
Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.

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