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#1 Jun 22 2011 at 8:16 AM Rating: Good
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"Weird Al's" latest album Alpocalypse released yesterday. I've listened to a few of the parodies so far on youtube.

Song List:
1. Perform This Way (Parody Of "Born This Way" By Lady Gaga)
2. CNR
3. TMZ (Parody Of "You Belong With Me" By Taylor Swift)
4. Skipper Dan
5. Polka Face
6. Craigslist
7. Party In The CIA (Parody Of "Party In The U.S.A." By Miley Cyrus)
8. Ringtone
9. Another Tattoo (Parody Of "Nothin' On You" By B.o.B. Featuring Bruno Mars)
10. If That Isn't Love
11. Whatever You Like (Parody Of "Whatever You Like" By T.I.)
12. Stop Forwarding That **** To Me

Of course another wonderful album. I'm a little disappointed with the Miley Cyrus parody. I think he could have come up with something better than that. "Another Tattoo" is pretty awesome. "TMZ" is pretty good too. I haven't listened to the whole album yet though.
#2 Jun 22 2011 at 8:42 AM Rating: Excellent
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I remember hearing a controversy about the "Perform this Way" song when he first made it. Gaga wasn't amused and wouldn't let him put it on his CD, so instead he posted it on youtube. Got so popular that she finally relented. Or something like that.

Probably won't get it, but fun fact: my first CD was a Weird Al album.
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#3 Jun 22 2011 at 9:17 AM Rating: Good
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I remember hearing a controversy about the "Perform this Way" song when he first made it. Gaga wasn't amused and wouldn't let him put it on his CD, so instead he posted it on youtube. Got so popular that she finally relented. Or something like that.

Probably won't get it, but fun fact: my first CD was a Weird Al album.


What I read yesterday said that her manager told Al no without consulting her. Probably just a way to spin it, but I guess that's the official Gaga camp response.
#4 Jun 22 2011 at 9:39 AM Rating: Good
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He doesn't need permission, he just gets it because that's the kind of guy he is.
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#5 Jun 22 2011 at 9:39 AM Rating: Good
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Yeah, Belkira that's what I read but it could be something just to pin one someone else instead of letting it fall on her and possibly ruin her popularity. Not that Weird Al fans listen to Lady Gaga, but to each his own.

I usually don't buy music anymore but the mp3 album was only $3.99 at Amazon so I went ahead and picked it up and put it on my ipod.
#6 Jun 22 2011 at 9:54 AM Rating: Good
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lolgaxe wrote:
He doesn't need permission, he just gets it because that's the kind of guy he is.


I think it all depends. I'm looking at the fair use wiki. There is a section on parodies. It appears that parodies used to "poke fun" at the original work are supported under fair use but not necessarily satires. "Perform This Way" is definitely a parody of her work, which I believe would be covered under fair use but the other parodies on the cd as well as most of his are satires. All in all it's probably best he gets permission. It covers his **** as well as provides good relations with the music industry.
#7 Jun 22 2011 at 2:18 PM Rating: Good
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The situation came up before, with Coolio. In the end all Coolio did was said he didn't give permission, but hoped Al would be successful with the song. Honestly, even if he were a **** and didn't ask permission, the court costs and bad press from contesting Al's songs would be worse than just keeping silent. Him asking permission is him being a nice guy, which is extremely rare in such a competitive field. Its the top thing I've always admired about Weird Al. That, and he really is brilliant when it comes to the parodies and satires and such. One of the few people in the business that understands how to write music.

In the end, the original artists get royalties and greater recognition, and at this point having Weird Al parody one of your songs means you've made it.
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#8 Jun 23 2011 at 8:03 PM Rating: Decent
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lolgaxe wrote:
The situation came up before, with Coolio. In the end all Coolio did was said he didn't give permission, but hoped Al would be successful with the song.


My understanding is that Weird Al gets permission to make his parodies specifically to avoid legal battles. IIRC, in the case of the Coolio thing, Coolio's manager (or someone who had the authority) gave Al permission but apparently didn't tell him about it. He was **** off when he found out and made a huge stink about it.

It's unlikely that Al's calling up all those artists and asking them in person. More likely he has someone talk to one of their people, a release is signed, etc. Usually that works just fine and everyone is happy.

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In the end, the original artists get royalties and greater recognition, and at this point having Weird Al parody one of your songs means you've made it.


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#9 Jun 24 2011 at 10:27 AM Rating: Good
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Perform This Way video...wow that's creepy.
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