Weird Al's Poodle Hat Jumps Into Billboard's Top 20 Marking Highest Debut Ever for Yankovic
Al-TV to Take Over VH1 on June 17
Pop music's master of satire, "Weird Al" Yankovic, returns from a four-year hiatus with the best chart debut ever in his nearly 25-year career. Poodle Hat (Way Moby/Volcano), Yankovic's latest collection of parodies and warped original tunes, enters the Billboard Album Chart this week at No. 17.
Throughout his career, Yankovic has skewered pop culture with his sharp wit and comic genius. The best-selling comedy artist of all time, Weird Al has amassed 25 Gold and Platinum albums in the U.S., Canada and Australia.
Though Poodle Hat is Yankovic's 11th studio recording, it marks some significant firsts for the artist. Not only is the disc Yankovic's first to debut in the Top 20, it does so without the benefit of a video to accompany the CD's lead track, "Couch Potato," a send-up of the Academy Award-winning hit "Lose Yourself" by Eminem. While the rapper gave Weird Al his blessings for the parody as a track on the album, he refused to allow a video to be made.
Poodle Hat also features parodies of Avril Lavigne, Nelly, Backstreet Boys and Billy Joel, as well as one of Yankovic's signature accordion-fueled medleys ("Angry White Boy Polka") and several original compositions, including homages to Bob Dylan and Frank Zappa.
Yankovic is also slated to appear in his 9th "AL-TV" special, where he will be taking over the airwaves of VH1 to wreak his own brand of havoc in an all-new one-hour special set to premiere on June 17.
Weird Al will begin his Poodle Hat US Tour on June 19 (see attached tour dates). As always, the tour promises to be a high-energy multimedia extravaganza complete with hilarious video montages and elaborate costume changes.
For further information on "Weird Al" Yankovic please call Sonia Muckle at 212.824.1370.
For tour press information please contact Sandro Grancaric at 718.458.9222 or email email@example.com.
The Poodle Hat Tour: DATE CITY VENUE June 19 DEL MAR, CA Del Mar Fairgrounds June 20 KELSEYVILLE, CA Konocti Field Amphitheatre June 21 LAS VEGAS, NV Aladdin Theater June 22 SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA Christopher Cohan Center June 26 MILWAUKEE, WI Summerfest June 27 KALAMAZOO, MI Kalmazoo State Theatre June 28 TOLEDO, OH Zoo Amphitheatre June 29 BUFFALO, NY Melody Fair Theatre July 1 VERONA, NY Turning Stone Casino July 3 PORTSMOUTH, VA Harbor Center July 4 MYRTLE BEACH, SC House of Blues July 5 ORLANDO, FL House of Blues July 10 WALLINGFORD, CT Oakdale Theatre July 11 POUGHKEEPSIE, NY Mid-Hudson Civic Center July 12 ALLENTOWN, PA Allentown Fair Grounds July 13 DOSWELL (RICHMOND), VA Paramount's Kings Dominion July 15 ALBANY, NY Palace Theatre July 16 PORTLAND, ME State Theatre July 18 HAMPTON BEACH, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom July 19 PHILADELPHIA, PA Mann Center for the Performing Arts July 20 HOLMDEL, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center July 22 WESTBURY, NY Westbury Music Fair July 23 WESTBURY, NY Westbury Music Fair July 25 PITTSBURGH, PA Amphitheatre at Station Square July 26 CHICAGO, IL Navy Pier July 27 KINGS ISLAND (CINCINNATI), OH Paramount's King's Island August 1 TULSA, OK River Park Amphitheatre August 2 ST. LOUIS, MO The Pageant August 3 WICHITA, KS The Cotillion Ballroom August 5 KANSAS CITY, MO Starlight Theatre August 6 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK Bricktown Events Center August 8 GULFPORT, MS Grand Casino Gulfport August 9 VALDOSTA, GA Wild Adventures Theme Park August 10 CHARLOTTE, NC Paramount's Carowinds August 12 HOUSTON, TX Verizon Wireless Center August 13 DALLAS, TX Bronco Bowl Theatre August 15 ALBUQUERQUE, NM Kiva Auditorium August 16 PUEBLO, CO Colorado State Fair August 17 DENVER, CO Universal Lending Pavillion August 22 ROCHESTER HILLS, MI Meadowbrook Music Festival August 23 ROCKFORD, IL Coronado Theatre August 24 ST. PAUL, MN Minnesota State Fair August 26 FT. WAYNE, IN Embassy Center August 27 SAULT ST. MARIE, MI Kewadin Casino August 29 S. WOODSTOCK (PUTNAM), CT Woodstock Fair August 31 CLEVELAND, OH Tower City Amphitheatre September 4 PHOENIX, AZ Dodge Theater September 5 LOS ANGELES, CA Greek Theatre September 7 SANTA CLARA, CA Paramount's Great Adventure September 9 PUYALLUP, WA Western Washington Fair
CONTACT: For further information on "Weird Al" Yankovic please call
Sonia Muckle, +1-212-824-1370. For tour press information please contact
Sandro Grancaric, +1-718-458-9222, firstname.lastname@example.org, both for Volcano