Weird Al Yankovic’s version of “Whatever You Like” from the T.I. track of the same name is available as of today on iTunes as an exclusive song for the next two weeks before he releases it on another digital service provider.
“One of the hardest things I’ve had to deal with in my career is keeping my material topical even though I only release albums every three or four years,” Yankovic writes. “Now, with the advent and popularity of digital distribution, I don’t have to wait around while my songs get old and dated – I can get them out on the Internet almost immediately. It kind of boggles my mind – I thought of the idea for this new song a week ago, and next week it’s getting released!”
“I’d kind of written off the chance of ever having another hit single, since record labels weren’t really releasing commercial ones,” Yankovic told Billboard in 2006. “As much as people are griping about the Internet taking sales away from artists, it’s been a huge promotional tool for me.”