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Hey there. How’s it goin’? Me? Oh, I’m fine, thanks.

Anyway…

There’s some misinformation that’s been floating around the Internet (how unusual!) and I hoped it would dissipate quickly, but it only seems to be picking up steam. So before it gets much worse, please allow me to set the record straight.

I did a print interview recently where I talked about how I only had one more album left on my current record contract, and how after that I would be weighing my options. I talked about how at that point I might be more inclined to focus on digital distribution, since theoretically that would allow my releases to be more timely and topical. I talked about how quickly the industry is evolving, and how perhaps it might not even make sense to continue releasing conventional albums at that point. In fairness, my quotes in the article seemed pretty accurate. But the headline screamed, “WEIRD AL SAYS HIS NEXT ALBUM WILL BE HIS LAST!” Well, um… no, I didn’t. That’s inaccurate, and extremely misleading, and has caused more than a few fans to freak out. But I guess “WEIRD AL IS CAREFULLY WEIGHING HIS OPTIONS AND ISN’T ENTIRELY SURE WHAT HE’S DOING AFTER HIS NEXT ALBUM!” isn’t quite as catchy, headline-wise. So again, to be clear… if you were led to believe that I’m planning on retiring anytime soon, I’m not (sorry, haters). I truly love what I do, and if I ever stop working, it won’t be of my own free will.

Okay… what else?

I’m on the road right now. This is the tail end of the Alpocalypse Tour, and it’s going great. If you haven’t seen it yet, I behoove you to get yourself to a show – all the summer dates are listed at weirdal.com. We’ll be doing the final dates sometime in the fall, and of course we’ll be sure to list those on my website as soon as they’re confirmed.

Also, I’m extremely excited that HarperCollins is releasing my second children’s picture book – My New Teacher and Me! – on June 25. Wes Hargis did the artwork (as he did for my first book, When I Grow Up) and it’s really wonderful. If you have a kid – or just like to pretend you have a kid – I think you’ll enjoy this book.

And speaking of the book… I’m doing a 7-city book-signing tour at the end of this month! If you live anywhere near Minneapolis, Houston, Milwaukee, Chicago, Cincinnati, Raleigh or Los Angeles, I’d love to see you at one of these book stores. And if you CAN’T make it, but still want a personally autographed copy of the book… guess what? We have the technology! Just contact any of those bookstores before the event, and they’ll arrange to make that happen for you! And if you want a copy of the book WITHOUT my lousy autograph… well, I’m sure Amazon or any other fine online retailer would be happy to sell you one! After the 25th, I’ll bet you could even walk into an actual bookstore and buy a copy! So many options!

The new album? It’s coming along extremely well. I’m about half done with it, and I’m really excited with the tracks so far. So if I’m dismembered in a freak accident next week, at least they’ll be able to release a nice EP. (Can’t wait to see what kind of headlines they’ll make out of THAT!)

Okay, that’s it for now. Thanks for letting me ramble. Hope to see you on the road and/or at the bookstore!

xo,
Al

234 Comments

  1. Why not do a skit on “I’m happy”
    I’m thursty ” Joe

  2. weirdal is talented

  3. Can u please put the music video for”livin in the fridge” on a disc

    • U kneed to lisen 2 “word crimes”

  4. I have written lyrics to a FROZEN (Let it go) parady that all my friends say could really be HOT!
    Would love to see it come to life and you’re just the person that could make it happen! Just let me know if you are interested.

    • Frozen parody.put the video for “livin in the fridge”on disc

  5. Can someone else please read this and confirm that it’s one of the worst articles ever written? Thanks

    http://touch.mcall.com/#story/mc-homepage-0612-9-20140617/

  6. Am can you send the dates you are in Milwaukee to bring you tour of book thanks…Jim love ya…saw you now 11 times since 1983. Ur awesome….

  7. Re: “NOW That’s What I Call Polka!”
    I think the emphasis is in the wrong place, Al… I think it reads better as “Now THAT’S What I Call Polka!”

    • Normally you’d be right…..but I’m sure Al is playing on the title of a popular series of compilation discs, entitled “NOW That’s What I Call Music”
      Here’s their website, in case you’re interested. http://www.nowthatsmusic.com/home/

      • Ah, I see. I think they’ve got it wrong as well, but at least that fact absolves Al. (I should have know Al had a good reason for doing it that way – he’s the master!)

  8. How about doing a version of Shots by LMFAO/Lil Jon as Tots? Of course I mean the culinary delight Tater Tots.

  9. Hi, I’m a Scottish fan and I love your new videos and songs. I especially liked Word Crimes – at least until you said “spastic”. Now, I realise that words have different connotations and you are American so “spastic” has a different meaning but it’s a pretty awful thing to be called in the UK. It’s a derogatory term for a person with cerebal palsy.

  10. Weird Al’s new album, Mandatory Fun is out NOW! And damn is it good! Check it out http://www.weirdal.com

  11. please do a parady to iggy’s im so fancy, i’m so gassy


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