This Week’s Billboard Top 10

Cute video from Billboard to help you stay up to date on what’s trending in music. Because, trust me, I’m never all that informed on “who’s who” in music. So, this is pretty handy.

And, Billboard has fun with some kind of “Pop-up Video” style factoids.

“Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Mandatory Fun” becomes first #1 Comedy album in 51 years

Billboard reports:

After more than 30 years on the charts, comedian-singer “Weird Al” Yankovic earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as “Mandatory Fun” debuts atop the list.

The album is the first comedy set to top the chart since 1963, and logs the largest sales week for a comedy album since 1994. “Mandatory Fun” was released July 15 through Way Moby and RCA Records, and sold 104,000 copies in the week ending July 20, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

It was promoted by a well-received daily viral video campaign that launched Monday, July 14.

Starting with his parody of Pharrell’s “Happy,” Yankovic released eight music videos for the album through the week on various sites, like The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo, Nerdist, College Humor and YouTube.

“Mandatory” is the first comedy album to top the Billboard 200 since Allan Sherman’s “My Son, the Nut” spent eight weeks at No. 1 beginning on the chart dated Aug. 31, 1963. A couple of comedy sets came close since then, including Steve Martin’s No. 2-peaking “A Wild and Crazy Guy” back in 1978 and a pair of No. 2 Cheech & Chong titles in the early 1970s.

Yankovic’s last album – 2011’s “Alpocalypse” – debuted at #9 with 44,000 copies sold.

Billboard Magazine’s Top 10 Songs of 2012

Billboard Magazine’s Top 10 Songs of 2012 based on a combination of radio airplay and sales:

1) Somebody That I Used To Know
Gotye Featuring Kimbra

2) Call Me Maybe
Carly Rae Jepsen

3) We Are Young
fun. Featuring Janelle Monae

4) Payphone
Maroon 5 Featuring Wiz Khalifa

5) Lights
Ellie Goulding

6) Glad You Came
The Wanted

7) Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You…)
Kelly Clarkson

8) We Found Love
Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris

9) Starships
Nicki Minaj

10) What Makes You Beautiful
One Direction

What do you think?  Are these the top pop songs of 2012?  Did your favorite make it?