What Did Weird Al Do Before Beyoncé?

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Beyoncé's self-titled visual album released on digital music distributors late last year without any kind of promotion or announcement. That wasn't the only thing Queen B offered her fans, she also included a music video for every single track on the album. Wowza! If you're an artist planning to make a move like that, you're pulling a 'Beyoncé.'

Artists like Mariah Carey have been criticized of following in Beyoncé's footsteps. However, at the time, that didn't make any sense, since she did announce that she would be releasing an album and gave fans a time frame. Eventually, she released an artwork, tracklist, title, and release date—proving that she is still MC and is not following in Bey's pathway.

As much as we would like to call it the 'Beyoncé,' Weird Al had some interesting things to say about Beyoncé in his latest interview with Hollywood Today Live. For those of you that don't know Weird Al Yankovic, he's known for his music video parodies. However, he does more than that - he's also an actor, singer, and songwriter.

Host AJ from Hollywood Today Live asked Al about his back-to-back video releases within eight days, "tell me Beyoncé was your inspiration." Al's answer might shock you, he answered, "my last album I released 12 videos in the same day—so if anything, she is inspired by Weird Al."

Now let's talk all about Al instead of Beyoncé for just a second—after all, this is his interview. Parodies can somewhat be mean and sometimes disrespectful in some eyes. Before Al gets busy, he gets an approval with the artists, "I respect the artist. I want to make sure they are okay with the parody. Nowadays it's a badge of honor. One of [my] favorite quotes is from Kurt Cobain, who said he didn't realize he had made it [in the music business] until he saw the Weird Al parody."

This isn't the last you'll see of Al, he said, "I'm not retiring. 32 years ago, I was working in a mail room for minimum wage, then they offered me a record[ing] contract and have been renewing ever since; now, I'm done and I can make singles. I like to keep topical, timely and be of the moment, so as soon as I come up with an idea I can record it and get it out there."

[Hollywood Today Live]

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