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October 23, 2009

The Tweet is on! (cue "Beverly Hills Cop" music)

Today is the fiftieth birthday of not only the most successful comedy recording artist of all time but also rock and roll's premier satirist, "Weird Al" Yankovic.

Today is also our First Annual Make the Rock Hall "Weird" Tweet-In, a day-long event on Twitter where we want all fans of all walks of life to send a tweet to the Rock Hall requesting Al's induction.

Just be sure to properly format your tweet so that the Rock Hall receives it. Remember, to address them you need to include @rock_hall somewhere in your tweet. And please include the tag #WeirdAl. Let's turn this into a trending topic!

And don't forget, you can also follow our campaign on Twitter as well by going to our account @rockhallweird

One final little activity for today: the People's Choice Awards are now asking people to vote online for nominees in various categories. Feel free to write in Al's name in the appropriate categories, but be sure to cast your vote before moving on to the next section or it will not count: http://www.peopleschoice.com/pca/nominations/vote.jsp?pollId=300030&_requestid=19964

(Thanks to erkman27 for the heads up on this!)

So go out there and tweet!! We're doing it for the birthday boy!

Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY AL!

October 22, 2009

'Twas the Night Before the Tweet-In

Tomorrow will be a very Al-focused day. Of course, the man himself will turn fifty years old (and you HAVE sent him a card already, right?), but it will also be the day of our First Annual Make the Rock Hall "Weird" Tweet-In on Twitter.

We have set up a page on our web site detailing all that you need to do, but for those who need their information right now this second...at some point during the day on Friday, send a tweet to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's official Twitter account and request that Al be inducted. That's it!

Just be sure to properly format your tweet so that the Rock Hall receives it. Remember, to address them you need to include @rock_hall somewhere in your tweet.

And if you want to suggest other artists for induction, feel free. All we ask is that non-Al-related tweets still include the tag #WeirdAl. After all, it's still his day.

So if all that is still too much for you to remember, we supposed you can just copy and paste the following sample tweet, but it would be better if you personalized it a little....

@rock_hall: Isn't it about time for you to induct "Weird Al" Yankovic? #WeirdAl

Be sure to spread the word on your own Twitter account, your Facebook page, your MySpace (for all three of you who still use it), etc. There is absolutely no reason any online Al fan cannot participate.

And don't forget, Tuesday marks the release of the new two-disc collection The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic. Be sure to pre-order it or at least buy it during its first week of release so that it will chart in Billboard.

Let's make our tweets heard!

October 02, 2009

Vote for Al in the Plain Dealer readers poll

It's that time of year again, when the Plain Dealer in the Rock Hall's hometown of Cleveland asks its readers to vote for which of the nominees they want to see inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Usually the poll has a write-in option, and though this year is no different, they are doing things a bit differently and more "Web 2.0ish" this time out. The newspaper wants people to post their write-in choices underneath the poll the way one posts a blog comment.

Click here to go to the poll. You need to register a username for the site first, so if you need to do so just click here. Don't worry, it's free and there's an option to select so that they won't send you any advertising.

This poll is just for fun and has no bearing on the actual induction process, but we nevertheless would like Al to win. Come on, everyone, we just buried the competition in Rolling Stone's poll...let's work that magic once more! The poll is open until October 11.

In other Al news, in case you didn't attend the awesome Al Fest 2009 this past August, there is now a DVD available chronicling what happened! The two-disc set includes Jim "Kimo" West and the Valtierra Latin Orchestra's complete performances, the complete UHF anniversary panel, highlights from Bermuda's onstage presentation, and highlights from all the comedic artists who performed...and yes, Al himself also appears via video clips that were shot especially for the convention! The DVD is now on sale at the convention web site: www.alfest2009.com

Some additional footage shot at Al Fest will soon be seen in our group documentary Yankoheit 27...stay tuned!

But for now, go write-in a vote for Al!