The relevancy of Weird Al Yankovic in 2014 is in itself a pretty remarkable (and very excellent) development. But perhaps the most surprising thing about the accordion-playing, Robin Thicke-spoofing musician's tongue-in-cheek assault on pop culture is that he's received permission from every artist whose hit he's parodied.
'Royals' treatment: Weird Al parodies Lorde smash
Weird Al has released four videos since Monday from his new "Mandatory Fun" album, including parodies of tunes by Lorde, Pharrell and the previously mentioned Thicke. Yet while those and many other artists were fine with -- even flattered by -- Yankovic's spoofs, that has not always been the case.
Above, we've rounded up some of the fun-squashing folks who have rejected Weird Al over the years. Below, we've rounded-up Weird Al parodies of songs by artists who can take a joke, thank goodness.
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