Weird Al Yankovic is nine songs into his next album. "I've got three more to do," he reports -- and that's the hard part.
"I need to write three parodies," Yankovic, who's in the midst of a summer tour, tells Billboard.com. "It's tough because I'm waiting for the right idea to pop into my brain. It coincides with the right song coming out; a lot of tumblers need to fall into place. If I'm lucky I'll knock 'em out when I get off the road and have out at the end of the year. If not, it'll be next year some time, but I'm hoping sooner."
Yankovic acknowledges that Lady Gaga is "a great candidate" for a parody but says that "I don't want to give anything away. All you've got to do is look at the top of the Billboard charts; that's what I'm looking at, too." Yankovic did release five of his new songs on last year's digital "Internet Leaks" EP, including a parody of T.I.'s "Whatever You Like" and stylistic homages to the White Stripes, the Doors and Queen.