A report on Atlantic Records and White & Nerdy

Atlantic Records logo from its inception in 1947 to 1966 (it was still used on 7" single releases), used again from 1979 to 1981 and 2004 to 2015.
Al depicted expressing his opinion about Atlantic Records on Wikipedia.
Atlantic logo used from 1966 to 2005. It was revived in 2015.
"Weird Al" Yankovic edits Atlantic Records' Wikipedia page to read "YOU SUCK!" in the music video for the song "White & Nerdy"

One scene shows Yankovic vandalizing the Wikipedia page for Atlantic Records, replacing it with the words (in excessively large type) "YOU SUCK!", referencing his recent trouble with the company in getting permission to release "You're Pitiful", a parody of James Blunt's song "You're Beautiful".

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Later he recorded two more parodies, "White & Nerdy", and "Do I Creep You Out", both released September 26, 2006, to replace "You're Pitiful".

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Yankovic performing in 2010

"Weird Al" Yankovic

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American singer, musician, and actor who is known for humorous songs that make light of pop culture and often parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts.

American singer, musician, and actor who is known for humorous songs that make light of pop culture and often parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts.

Yankovic performing in 2010
Yankovic's "classic" look before eye surgery: with glasses, mustache and short, curly hair; used from 1979 to 1998
Yankovic, photographed by Kyle Cassidy
Yankovic performing "The Saga Begins" in Auckland, New Zealand, on March 10, 2007. Both Don McLean and George Lucas have reportedly expressed approval of the parody.
Coolio reacted negatively to "Amish Paradise", feeling it undermined the serious message of the original song.
Weird Al wearing his "Atlantic Records Sucks" shirt during a performance of "You're Pitiful", in 2007, at the Ohio State Fair
A screenshot of LimeWire PRO, showing a large number of parodies misattributed to Yankovic, as well as numerous misspellings of his surname (February 2007)
Weird al on The Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour

His work has earned him five Grammy Awards and a further 11 nominations, four gold records, and six platinum records in the U.S. His first top ten Billboard album (Straight Outta Lynwood) and single ("White & Nerdy") were both released in 2006, nearly three decades into his career.

However, after Yankovic had recorded "You're Pitiful", Blunt's label, Atlantic Records, rescinded this permission, despite Blunt's personal approval of the song.

You're Pitiful

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Parody of the James Blunt song "You're Beautiful" written and recorded by American parody musician "Weird Al" Yankovic.

Parody of the James Blunt song "You're Beautiful" written and recorded by American parody musician "Weird Al" Yankovic.

"You're Beautiful" was originally performed by British singer James Blunt.
Still from "White & Nerdy", showing the vandalism of Atlantic Records' English Wikipedia page
Weird Al wearing his "Atlantic Records Sucks" shirt during a performance of "You're Pitiful", on August 8, 2007, at the Ohio State Fair.

While Blunt himself had no issues with Yankovic recording the parody, Blunt's label, Atlantic Records, forbade Yankovic from commercially releasing the song at the last minute.

Still needing a lead parody for his album, Yankovic recorded "White & Nerdy" (a parody of Chamillionaire's "Ridin'").