Last week was a kind of victory lap for "Weird Al" Yankovic, whose new album Mandatory Fun was greeted with a near-rapturous reception across the internet.
But while Yankovic is thrilled to have had "the best week of [his] life in terms of a response from people," it may also be a kind of swan song; despite the success of Mandatory Fun, Yankovic says he's ready to abandon the album format altogether.
"I hate to draw lines in the sand and say this is absolutely the last album, but it sure looks that way," he explained in an interview with Associated Press. "It's the end of my record deal. I've been under contract since 1982, and I just kind of feel like — especially with the kind of music that I do — the album format isn't the best way to deliver that music. It feels like I need to be more, you know, immediate. And that means, probably, singles."
The line to watch Tuesday's oral arguments for and against gay marriage started forming outside the Supreme Court on Friday. The justices will decide two main issues: Should states be required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and should they be required to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other U.S. jurisdictions? The court will preside over 90 minutes of arguments on the first question and an hour on the second.
If the justices seem skeptical about the first question, and ultimately side with the plaintiffs — there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, essentially — the second question won't matter much, explains Associated Press supreme court reporter Mark Sherman in this video preview. And the most important justice to watch is probably Anthony Kennedy, the conservative who has written the last three cases expanding gay rights. Sherman has a more detailed analysis below. —Peter Weber
For the first four minutes of John Oliver's main story on Last Week Tonight, it's all good news: "Trendy clothes are cheaper than ever, and cheap clothes are trendier than ever," and clothing executives get rich while consumers get great deals. Then Oliver asks the obvious question, about how clothing brands make so much money on cheap fashion? "Let's be honest: You know the answer to that," he added, taking a trip down memory lane to the 1990s and the intermittent outrage over sweatshops and child labor and garment factory deaths since.
"Look, this is going to keep happening as long as we let it," Oliver said. "So we need to show clothing brands not just that we care, but why they should." Toward that end, he announced that he's bought lunch for the heads of Gap Inc., H&M, Walmart, and a few other brands with cheap clothes, to be delivered on Monday. And if that sounds like a nice gesture, well, watch until the end. —Peter Weber
The inspiration behind Katia Apalategui’s new business came from her mother, who held onto her late husband's pillowcase so she could always remember his distinctive smell.
Apalategui, an insurance saleswoman, thought it would be better to have an actual perfume made of the scent, and set about finding a way to make it happen. Eventually she wound up at France's University of Le Havre, where they came up with a technique to reproduce a smell. "We take the person's clothing and extract the odor — which represents about 100 molecules — and we reconstruct it in the form of a perfume in four days," Geraldine Savary of the University of Le Havre told Agence France-Presse.
It's instant "olfactory comfort," says Apalategui, who plans to launch the business in September with a chemist. While she plans to offer her services at funeral homes, she wants the living to feel included, too, and said a vial of her perfume (cost: €560, or $600) would be perfect as a Valentine's Day gift, or for a child who has a parent that travels often. Catherine Garcia
The mayor of Baltimore said that people from outside of the city were behind the violence that marred a mostly peaceful protest on Saturday over the death of Freddie Gray.
"Last night we saw a small group of agitators turning what was otherwise a peaceful demonstration into violent disruptions," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said at a news conference. "I will not let those individuals put their agendas ahead of our city's." Small groups of protesters broke off from the main group and threw bottles, metal barricades, and other objects at police officers and patrol cars, Reuters reports. Some also vandalized property downtown. Six officers sustained minor injuries, and 35 people were arrested, authorities said.
Gray died on April 19, a week after he suffered an unexplained spinal injury while in police custody. On Friday, the city's police commissioner said that officers did not get him medical attention quickly enough, but it is still not clear why Gray was arrested. Rawlings-Blake said she anticipates that an internal police investigation into Gray's arrest and death will be finished by the end of the week. Catherine Garcia
David Letterman's farewell celebration continued on Friday's Late Show. If some of the material in Jerry Seinfeld's stand-up routine below seems a little dated (people get weather from the TV, not their iPhones?), that's because it's based on Seinfeld's first stand-up gig on Letterman's Late Night, back in 1982. The audience doesn't know that, so it's something of a spoiler, but really, Seinfeld pulls it off. And awkward childhood stories age better than fat jokes.
Things get a bit more topical and personal when Letterman interviewed Seinfeld — well, Seinfeld interviewed Letterman — which you can watch here and here. For Jerry's old jokes, watch below. —Peter Weber
If you're impressed by Matt Lauer's body and talent with the tasseled pasties, well, you should probably save your applause for Ellen's video-editing skills. At least that's the premise of this opening skit from Sunday's Daytime Emmys: Lauer and DeGeneres are burying the hatchet for the sake of charity and the celebration of daytime TV, and Ellen has one more prank up her sleeve. It is vaguely NSFW, in that you may not want your coworkers to see you watching stripper Matt Lauer without knowing the joke. Also, you won't be able to unsee this.
This year's Daytime Emmys, hosted by Tyra Banks, was broadcast on the Pop cable channel, after streaming online last year. Highlights included Betty White's moving acceptance speech for a lifetime achievement award, former Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson winning for best game show, and Melissa Rivers introducing an in memoriam tribute that included her mother, Joan Rivers. —Peter Weber
One of the two gay hoteliers who hosted an event for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) last week in New York City said it was a "terrible mistake," and he has since educated himself on Cruz's stance against gay marriage.
On his Facebook page Sunday, Ian Reisner, who owns the OUT NYC hotel, said he was "ignorant, naive, and much too quick in accepting a request to co-host a dinner with Cruz at my home without taking the time to completely understand all of his positions on gay rights." He apologized to "the gay community and so many of our friends, family, allies, customers and employees," and pledged to "try my best to make up for my poor judgement." He made the apology one day before a planned march outside of OUT NYC, and after the Broadway Cares charity canceled its annual event at a nightclub Reisner co-owns.
Along with his business partner Mati Weiderpass, Reisner held the dinner reception for Cruz on Monday at the duplex they own on Manhattan's Central Park South. It was billed as a "fireside chat" for about 12 people, and was not a fundraiser, The New York Times reports. Reisner, Weiderpass, and Cruz are all staunch supporters of Israel, and after the event, Reisner told the Times, "Ted Cruz was on point on every issue that has to do with national security." Catherine Garcia