Top Ranking Albums of October 2013

Paul McCartneyNEW [Hear Music 2013]

Sly & Robbie present ShaggyOut of Many, One Music [Ranch Entertainment 2013]

GyptianSex, Love, and Reggae [VP Records 2013]

ChvrchesThe Bones of What You Believe [Glassnote 2013]

Arcade Fire Reflektor [Arcade Fire 2013]

Deltron 3030 Event II [Bulk Recordings 2013]

M.I.A.Matangi [Interscope 2013]

Tom BrosseauGrass Punks[Crossbill Records 2013]

The BlowThe Blow [Kanine Records 2013]

Blood Orange Chamakay [Domino 2013]

Gipsy KingsSavor Flamenco [Knitting Factory 2013]

Pearl JamLightning Bolt [Republic Records 2013]

LordePure Heroine [Lava Music 2013]

Luscious JacksonMagic Hour [City Song 2013]

Sleigh BellsBitter Rivals [Mom & Pop Music 2013]

The Head and the Heart Let’s Be Still [Sub Pop Records 2013]

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Top Ranking Albums of October 2013

Weird Al Yankovic and the King of Pop

 

Weird Al Yankovic rode the Michael Jackson coat tails quite unlike any other performer in modern history. When you listen to artists like Weird Al Yankovic, DJ Spooky, Q-Tip, Herbie Hancock, and LL Cool J speak about Michael Jackson on the Thrillercast podcast you learn just how huge a superstar Michael Jackson actually was. In fact Jackson created an entire industry. Just think about the popularity and the money made from the parodies.“Weird Al” Yankovic’sEat It” and “Fat” made hits out of Jackson’s super hits “Beat It (Single Version)” and “Bad.” Jackson and Yankovic share the royalties of the parodied songs.  On the recent Thrillercast, a podcast celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the album Thriller 25 Super Deluxe Edition, Yankovic said he bought a very nice house with the royalties from the Michael Jackson parodies.

I loved Weird Al Yankovic as a kid and his videos were very funny.  My brother, friends, and I memorized the Even Worse album.  I even was a fan of his film UHF. Perhaps Michael Jackson is the King of Pop but Weird Al Yankovic must be the King of Pop Parody. I always thought Weird Al Yankovic was the son of the “King of Polka” Frank Yankovic. However, readers have informed me of the truth. “Weird Al” is not the son of Frankie Yankovic. Anyways go ahead and check out Frankie Yankovic and the Yanks on the album Frankie Yankovic & His Yanks’ Greatests Hits. Frankie Yankovic played a wonderful “Beer Barrel Polka.”

Weird Al Yankovic and the King of Pop