Master satirist "Weird Al" Yankovic will return from a five-year absence with "Alpocalypse," his 13th studio set for release June 21. The album will feature first single "Perform This Way," a send-up of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" that was originally rejected by the pop star's management.
Yankovic revealed the release date of the follow-up to 2006's "Straight Outta Lynwood" in a minute-long teaser video posted on his YouTube channel today (Apr. 22). The video slowly reveals what is presumably the album's cover: a picture of Yankovic as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, greeting the viewer with a friendly wave as he rides alongside the terrifying figures.
The album announcement follows a tumultuous week for Yankovic, in which he released "Perform This Way" on YouTube on Wednesday along with a blog post that accused Gaga of rejecting his parody after making him present a fully recorded version of the song. After Lady Gaga denied ever hearing or shooting down the parody, Yankovic issued another blog post explaining that Gaga's manager had never presented the parody to her, and that the pop star has approved his riff on the hit single.
"I'm thrilled on many levels to hear this," wrote Yankovic, who says that all proceeds from "Perform This Way" and its forthcoming music video will go to the Human Rights Campaign. "Because 1) I truly respect and admire Gaga as an artist and it pained me to think of her as having less than a great sense of humor, and 2) it means I GET TO PUT OUT MY ALBUM!"
In an interview with the New York Times prior to receiving Gaga's approval, Yankovic said that the album will have 12 tracks including "Perform This Way," and that there is "a lot of strong stuff on the album. There's a lot of very funny parodies."