- Weird Al Yankovic Credits Internet and YouTube For the Success of New Record.
Weird Al” Yankovic’s new album, “Straight Outta Lynwood,” has scored his biggest chart successes in a career that spans nearly three decades. Lynwood,” Yankovic’s 12th album, debuted this month at No. 10 on the Billboard 200, his first top 10 album ever
Once “Nerdy” hit outlets like YouTube, there was no stopping it. “We knew with ‘Nerdy’ that he’d hit on something incredibly relevant to different generations,” Dan Mackta, senior director of marketing for Zomba Label Group, says. “Kids were discovering him like a new artist.”
“I’d kind of written off the chance of ever having another hit single, since record labels weren’t really releasing commercial ones,” Yankovic says. “As much as people are griping about the Internet taking sales away from artists, it’s been a huge promotional tool for me.”
- Sesac/CMJ Showcase Thursday, November 2nd @ The Delancey (NYC)
- More options for music lovers: Satellite radio may be coming to IPods.
Apple has filed a patent which allows the user to tune “into a wireless signal (e.g., AM FM radio, digital radio, or WiFi)”
- Check out new musicÂ including the trackÂ Over ItÂ Â from Los Angeles female pop rockÂ act Dragstrip Kitty. Demos produced by Gina Schock from
the Go Go’s and Jimmy Harry. For more information email legal Pam Klein.
- The Killers ‘offended’ by Green Day
The Killers’ Brandon Flowers has criticised Green Day for what he sees as their calculated anti-Americanism, according to NME.com
“You have Green Day and ‘American Idiot’. Where do they film their DVD? In England,” the frontman told The Word. “A bunch of kids screaming ‘I don’t want to be an American idiot’ I saw it as a very negative thing towards Americans. It really lit a fire in me.”Â Â
The singer added he felt the DVD was a bit of a a stunt. “I just thought it was really cheap,” he explained. “To go to a place like England or Germany and sing that song – those kids aren’t taking it the same way that he meant it. And he [Billie Joe Armstrong] knew it.”
Bottom Line: This is great press for bothÂ the Killers and Green Day. Brandon Flowers understands show business and knows how to utlilize the press. Nevertheless, it is oddÂ performing American Idiot to foreign kids. Brandon built a sound argument as Green DayÂ are preparing for a ‘spin’.