Whatever You Like ("Weird Al" Yankovic song)

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"Whatever You Like"
Single by "Weird Al" Yankovic
from the album Internet Leaks and Alpocalypse
Released October 8, 2008
Format Digital download
Recorded September 29, 2008[1]
Genre Comedy Rap
Length 3:41
3:43 (Single Version)
Label Volcano
Writer(s) Clifford Harris/James Scheffer/David Siegel/"Weird Al" Yankovic
Producer(s) "Weird Al" Yankovic
"Weird Al" Yankovic singles chronology
"eBay"
(2007)
"Whatever You Like"
(2008)
"Craigslist"
(2009)

"Whatever You Like" is a song and single by "Weird Al" Yankovic, the first song from the digital EP Internet Leaks and was later released on his thirteenth studio album "Alpocalypse". It is a direct parody of a song of the same name by T.I.. In a manner similar to T.I.'s song, the lyrics describe a man wooing a girlfriend with gifts that she may want, though, in light of recent economic problems, these are inexpensive or economical options, such as clipping coupons or going out to dinner at Burger King or McDonald's.

"Whatever You Like" is the first (and only) Yankovic parody to have exactly the same title as the original it parodies. Yankovic commented that thanks to a rapid approval from T.I. he was able to get permission for, write, record and upload the song to iTunes within 2 weeks and while the original song was still at No. 1 (it was there for 5 weeks).

Release[edit]

In late 2008 Yankovic started to explore the digital distribution of his songs. On October 7, 2008, Yankovic planned to release a parody of "Whatever You Like" from artist T.I., which Yankovic said he had come up with two weeks before. Yankovic said that the benefit of digital distribution is that "I do not have to wait around while my songs get old and dated—I can get them out on the Internet almost immediately."[2] On October 7, 2008, the planned release date, an unexpected error left "Whatever You Like" out of the iTunes new release list. Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, Yankovic's drummer and webmaster, posted this message: "Apparently there was a glitch at iTunes last night and Al's new single—'Whatever You Like'—did not debut with the rest of the new releases. We're being told that they're working on the problem and (hopefully!!) it will be up later today."[3] The song then became available.

In May 2009, "Whatever You Like" was retroactively dubbed the first track of Internet Leaks, an EP consisting of a series of digitally distributed songs by Yankovic.[4]

Music video[edit]

A music video was created by animator Cris Shapan. The video was featured on the deluxe edition of Alpocalypse.

Chart positions[edit]

During its first week of release, "Whatever You Like" reached #4 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Chart (equal to #104 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart).[5] The song has also garnered over 13 million listens on YouTube[6] as of April 2012, and over 2.6 million listens on MySpace.[7]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Weird Al" Yankovic: Recording Dates". weirdal.com. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  2. ^ Vreval, Jeff (2008-10-06). "Weird Al Goes Digital With T.I. Cover". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  3. ^ "The Official "Weird Al" Yankovic Web Site". weirdal.com. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  4. ^ "The Official "Weird Al" Yankovic Web Site". weirdal.com. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  5. ^ "Weird Al Yankovic – Chart History: Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ YouTube - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  7. ^ MySpace - "Weird Al" Yankovic

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