Mandatory Fun Hits #1

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“Weird Al” Yankovic’s, Mandatory Fun, is the first comedy album to go No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 50 years. The release date was July 15 and it sold over 100,000 units in the first week. This is Yankovic’s first #1 in his career. In a music industry where sales have plummeted 15% this year alone, Mandatory Fun has done very well.

The new album contains parodies of Pharrell’s “Happy(“Tacky”), Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines(“Word Crimes”), Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive(“Inactive”), Lorde’s “Royals(“Foil”), Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy(“Handy”) and more. Eight videos were shot and can be found online. One was released each day, starting the day before the album came out. Most of them have gone viral.

Reaction to Mandatory Fun could be deemed widespread approval from all age ranges. Even the youth, some of which had never heard of “Weird Al” Yankovic before, show interest and find him hilarious. Many didn’t even know that parodies existed before YouTube. Over 45,000 of his fans have petitioned the National Football League to get him to play Super Bowl XLIX’s halftime show.

One of the best places for someone to go who hasn’t heard the new songs or seen his videos is Weird Al’s website. There’s news about him, touring information, a photo gallery, archives of previous work, merchandise, links and much more. Singles of the songs may be found on Amazon and the videos are located on iTunes. Make sure to check them out. Just don’t laugh too hard.

Finger Flyer! Takes Off

Jason Bentley is an independent mobile game developer who has just released Finger Flyer! on Aug. 21 of this year. Finger Flyer! is a fast-paced, arcade style game available now for download in the App Store for iOS products. You can go to this page to read customer reviews, check out game information as well as rate it. The game has already been played in 46 nations around the world.

Finger Flyer! is very addictive and the gameplay is simple. All a player has to do is avoid the green obstacles falling from above by moving the white dot with a finger. Players can gain achievements which increase the point total such as playing the game for 3 minutes without scoring a point, scoring 100, 200, 500 and 1000 points in a game, scoring 300 points without losing a life and playing for 5 min. without losing all lives.

Major gaming developers create the top selling mobile games. This doesn’t mean that those games are better or more fun than any other. It just means that the amount of money they are able to put behind the marketing and promotion of their product is much greater. One way you can help make the industry more competitive is by checking out independently developed games such as Finger Flyer!.