Thirty-one years into his career and ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s new album, Mandatory Fun, is the musician’s first album to debut at No. 1 thanks to hit parodies like Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (“Word Crimes”) and Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (“Tacky”).
Now, in an exclusive interview with Closer Weekly, the Grammy-winning artist says he couldn’t be happier with his career and reveals what he hopes to do next!
The 54-year-old has already done covers of Michael Jackson and Nirvana, but has his sights set on Queen Bey!
“Beyoncé wouldn’t be a bad idea,” he tells Closer. “If B’s into it, I’d love to do a Beyoncé polka!”
So what else is on his bucket list? “There’s talk of me working on a Broadway musical,” he shares, which would add to his already long list of accomplishments.
“I’ve had my own TV show [CBS’ The Weird Al Show], I’ve done a movie, tours, records. I’ve written two kids’ books,” he adds.
All the success, however, didn’t come easily. “No one wanted to sign me,” he explains to Closer. “They said, ‘You do comedy music? You’ll be gone in four months! We only want artists with longevity.’”
But thankfully, that’s not the case today! “The irony of my life is that my career’s lasted longer than pretty much every person I’ve parodied,” he points out.
For more on Weird Al, pick up the new issue of Closer, on stands now!