New Zealand’s favorite musical parody duo with an HBO show, Flight of the Conchords, debuted at #3 on the Billboard charts this week by selling 52,000 copies of their self-titled full-length. Take that, Dane Cook?! Cook, as you may recall, rocketed into the mainstream’s collective consciousness three years ago when he became the first comedian in three decades to reach the Top 5 on Billboard’s pop chart (he hit #4). So, really. Take that. Especially since the Kiwis released several of these songs before, just a few months ago in October, on their EP "The Distant Future" (Billboard reports that disc only reached #116 on the Billboard 200). So, take that! Of course, 52,000 discs gets you a lot higher up the charts these days in a sluggish record business. And if you’re going to make a comparison to Flight of the Conchords, Weird Al Yankovic might be more apples to apples than Dane Cook. Although Weird Al, despite a couple of hit songs, only peaked at #10 on the album charts. How do you like them apples, anyhow?
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August 11, 2011