"Weird Al" Yankovic releases Straight Outta Lynwood
Straight Outta Lynwood is the 12th studio album by "Weird Al" Yankovic.
It was released on September 26, 2006 in the U.S. by Volcano Records, on September 30, 2006 in Australia, on October 3 in Canada, on October 6, 2006 in New Zealand, November 13, 2006 in the United Kingdom, and November 24, 2006 in Germany. The album was released as a DualDisc, with the DVD side including the album mixed in 5.1 digital surround sound, instrumental versions of all songs (with optional on-screen lyrics for karaoke), a nine-minute documentary, six animated music videos, and a 24-page full color booklet.
Three singles have so far been released: "Don't Download This Song", "White & Nerdy", and "Canadian Idiot". All songs can be heard at Yankovic's MySpace page. Music videos for the first two can also be seen at the same page.
Straight Outta Lynwood is Yankovic's most successful chart album in the U.S. and his first top ten album ever, entering the Billboard 200 at number ten. "White & Nerdy" has also become Yankovic's first ever top-ten single, peaking at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. Both the album and the single were certified gold by the RIAA. (His previous highest-peaking single was 1984's "Eat It", which peaked at number 12). "Canadian Idiot" also entered the charts, peaking at 82 in the U.S.
The title is a reference to Straight Outta Compton, the second album of the rap group N.W.A, with Lynwood being a nod to Yankovic's hometown of nearby Lynwood, California, which is directly north of Compton, in southeastern Los Angeles County.