‘Weird’ Al Yankovic says Prince is the only artist ever to turn down one of his parodies

Comedy performer scored his first US Number One with 2014 album

‘Weird’ Al Yankovic says Prince is the only musician to have refused him permission to parody his songs.

Known for his comedic spoofs of pop songs, Yankovich recently returned with ‘Mandatory Fun’, which gave him his first ever US Number One Album in a 30-plus year career. It contains parodies of Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy’ (‘Handy’), Lorde’s ‘Royals’ (‘Foil’), Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ (‘Word Crimes”) and Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ (‘Tacky’).

All of the artists spoofed on the album gave permission to do so. Yankovich told NME: “I ask permission from every artist to parody their song. Legally I don’t have to but I want them to be in on the joke, not just to turn on the radio one day and be like, ‘What?'”

He added: “I’ve asked Prince several times, he’s the only one to turn me down! All throughout the ’80s I asked him – I had ideas for ‘Kiss’ and ‘When Doves Cry’ but his management turned me down every time. I still hold out hope – if he had another big hit of course I’d want to do my own version.”