Attention, pop stars: If “Weird Al” Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your email address, you’re likely his next parody conquest.
Such was the case for Pharrell and Iggy Azalea, whom Yankovic covers in his latest album, “Mandatory Fun.”
For his 14th studio effort, released last week, Yankovic had his heart set on Williams’ No. 1 smash, “Happy.”
“I somehow got Pharrell’s home email address – I won’t say how – and I emailed him and asked if I could do the parody,” said Yankovic, 54. “He couldn’t have been nicer and he said he was honored to have me do the parody.”
Yankovic’s efforts paid off: Billboard reported that “Mandatory Fun” will debut at No. 1 – his first – this week with more than 80,000 units sold. That’s almost double what his last album, “Alpocalypse,” sold in its debut week in 2011.