(Jive Records) "Weird Al" Yankovic's 5-song digital-only EP Internet Leaks drops today at iTunes, Amazon and all other online retailers. The EP is comprised of four tracks that Yankovic has recently "leaked" to the Internet, plus one brand new song called "Ringtone," a Queen pastiche about a man who evidently has the most annoying ringtone in the world.
The music video for "Ringtone" was directed by Josh Faure-Brac and Dustin McLean from Current TV's popular series "SuperNews," which hosted its world-premiere last Friday night.
"Ringtone" is the fifth in a series of "leaks" which began last October with the release of "Whatever You Like," a parody of the T.I. smash hit with the same title. Beginning in June, Yankovic released four new original songs over a ten-week period, each with its own music video. Liam Lynch directed "Craigslist" (an homage to the Doors, featuring Ray Manzarek himself on keyboards); Divya Srinivasan animated "Skipper Dan" (a poignant tale of a promising actor who winds up bitterly working as a Jungle Cruise tour guide); the JibJab team helmed "CNR" (a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the superhuman powers of classic TV icon Charles Nelson Reilly); and the SuperNews crew tackled the new "Ringtone" video.
All five tracks will eventually be included on Weird Al's forthcoming studio album, which is tentatively scheduled for a 2010 release. Fans who buy the Internet Leaks EP or any of its individual tracks will be able to deduct the cost when they purchase the full album by using iTune's "Complete My Album" function.
In other news, Volcano/Jive/Legacy will release the 2-CD set The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic on October 27. And Yankovic's 3-D traveling attraction "Al's Brain," which just concluded a successful 4-week run at the Orange County Fair in Southern California, moves in two weeks to the Puyallup Fair in Western Washington.
3-time Grammy Award-winner "Weird Al" Yankovic is the biggest selling comedy recording artist in history. His last album, the Grammy-nominated Straight Outta Lynwood (Volcano/Jive), debuted in the Top Ten on the Billboard chart. The lead single "White & Nerdy" went Platinum and spawned a music video that was #1 for 5 straight weeks on iTunes and VH1, and also became a viral internet sensation, racking up over 100 million hits.