As "Weird Al" Yankovic enters his fourth decade, the four-time Grammy winner and biggest-selling comedy recording star of all time is showing no signs of slowing down, having just had the biggest year of his storied career.
Alís fourteenth studio album Mandatory Fun was released on July 15, 2014. The album instantly shot to the top of the charts and became the first comedy album in history to debut at #1 on Billboard. It was also the first time in over fifty years a comedy recording reached the top position at any time. On February 8, 2015, Mandatory Fun won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album at the 57th Annual Grammy Ceremony. This was Alís fifteenth career nomination, and his fourth Grammy win.
Al released eight music videos in eight days in a row, with parodies of the biggest songs of the past year including Pharrell Williamsís "Happy" ("Tacky"), Robin Thickeís "Blurred Lines" ("Word Crimes"), Lordeís "Royals" ("Foil"), and Iggy Azaleaís "Fancy" ("Handy"). The videos garnered over forty-six million views in their first week alone. "Word Crimes" debuted at #39 on the Billboard Top 100, making Al only the third artist in history to have had Top 40 singles in each of the last four decades (the other two are Michael Jackson and Madonna).
To cap a remarkable year, Weird Al has just kicked off his 2015 Mandatory World Tour with five nights at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The 100-city tour will bring him and his band of over 30 years throughout the United States and Canada, as well as England, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
But there's still one accomplishment Al hasn't achieved yet -- a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Itís time people took Weird Al seriously and started walking all over him.
The mission of the Weird Al Star Fund is to solicit, collect, and raise the necessary money, and to compile the information needed for the application to nominate "Weird Al" Yankovic for a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
The Weird Al Star Fund is administered by volunteer fans and supporters of "Weird Al" Yankovic, and all funds collected will be used for the application fee that will be paid to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce upon acceptance of Weird Al's nomination. Donations to the Star Fund are not tax-deductible.