Weird Al's new album, Straight Outta Lynwood
, has landed on Billboard's top 10
, with its premier song, White and Nerdy
, getting number 9. Both marks are the artist's highest showings in his 27 year career. The White and Nerdy music video "world premier" on AOL was canceled
because it was already widely distributed on YouTube and other video sharing sites. Rather than being miffed, Weird Al gives the Internet credit for his greatest success, saying,
The ("Nerdy") video has gotten a lot of attention, and the proliferation of places like YouTube (has) been a big help.
I'd kind of written off the chance of ever having another hit single, since record labels weren't really releasing commercial ones. As much as people are griping about the Internet taking sales away from artists, it's been a huge promotional tool for me.