Weird Al and JibJab Join Forces
Fans Can Star in the Video Alongside Weird Al Using JibJab’s ‘Starring You’ technology.
Venice, CA – August 6, 2009 – “Weird Al” Yankovic, the king of musical satire, and JibJab Media, a leader in digital greetings and online entertainment, have joined forces to produce a brand new Weird Al music video entitled “CNR.”
The video, which just launched at JibJab.com and at weirdal.com, is a tongue-in-cheek homage to the iconic actor, comedian and game show panelist Charles Nelson Reilly. The song is an original composition by Weird Al produced in a hard rock style reminiscent of The White Stripes.
A special version of the video using JibJab’s “Starring You” technology allows JibJab Members to cast themselves, friends and family into the video alongside Weird Al. It is the first time ever that a major recording artist has empowered fans to put themselves into a new music video. The “Starring You” version of the video is available exclusively at JibJab.com.
“Weird Al is one of the most net savvy recording artists in the world,” said JibJab founder Grevan Spiridellis. “With close to a million Twitter followers, he is the 15th most followed musical artist in the world. We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to make his latest video even more social with our ‘Starring You’ technology.”
“It’s always a thrill for me to collaborate with the folks at JibJab,” enthused Yankovic. “They’re completely out of their minds — it’s nice to work with people that are on the same wavelength that I am.”
This is the second time JibJab and Yankovic have worked together. In 2006, the two produced a Taylor Hicks parody entitled “Do I Creep You Out” which can be found at JibJab.com/originals.
About JibJab Media JibJab is a leading provider of digital greetings and online entertainment. From its offbeat Sendables® eCards to personalized Starring You!® videos and irreverent Original viral videos, JibJab is on a mission to help more people share more laughs than any other company in the history of the world. With over 100 million visits to its website in the past twelve months and 6 million registered members, the company is well on its way to doing it. For more information, please visit JibJab.com/about.
About “Weird Al” Yankovic 3-time Grammy Award-winner “Weird Al” Yankovic is the biggest selling comedy recording artist in history. His last album, the Grammy-nominated “Straight Outta Lynwood,” (Volcano/Jive) debuted in the Top Ten on the Billboard chart. The lead single “White & Nerdy” went Platinum and spawned a music video that was #1 for 5 straight weeks on iTunes and VH1, and also became a viral Internet sensation, racking up over 100 million hits. For more information, please visit weirdal.com.
For press inquiries, please contact: Corey Shiffman (corey (at) jibjab (dot) net) Gina Orr (gina.orr (at) jiverecords (dot) com)
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