- The times they are a changin' July 21
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."
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