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Album Sales: Weird Al’s “Mandatory Fun” Tops Jason Mraz’ “Yes!” By 23K

Billboard has issued its officially weekly sales update, and its portrait of the upper reaches mirrors that presented Tuesday by Hits Daily Double.

Weird Al Yankovic indeed scores his first Billboard 200 via “Mandatory Fun.” The parody musician’s latest release debuts atop the chart with sales of 104,000.

That tally is Yankovic’s best of the SoundScan era (which began in 1991) and the best for a comedy album since “The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience” opened with a total of 118,000 in 1994.

Jason Mraz’ “Yes!” settles for second place with 81,000 copies, which represents a decline of 21,000 from the opening week total for 2012’s “Love is a Four Letter Word.”

Rise Against’s “The Black Market” claims #3 with 53,000, while “Kidz Bop 26” (46,000, #4) and the “Frozen” soundtrack (43,000, #5) complete the top five.

Other top ten albums: Sam Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour” (35,000, #6), Ed Sheeran’s “x” (24,000, #7), “NOW 50” (23,000, #8), Trey Songz’ “Trigga” (23,000, #9) and Blake Shelton’s “Based on a True Story” (22,000, #10).

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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