Andy Samberg was declared the King of YouTube last year; what effectively put him over the top was the 6.7 million times his digital short "Jizz in My Pants" was viewed on YouTube in just a month. Those numbers – and Samberg’s consistent and uncanny ability to convince people that indiscriminate use of the words “chronic,” “jizz” and “dick” is really funny – could bode well for his upcoming album with Lonely Island-mates Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. Also likely to bode well for the release? A cache of celebrity cameos, mostly by stars who have worked with Samberg before on Saturday Night Live, including Natalie Portman, Justin Timberlake and T-Pain.
"T-Pain is super funny," Samberg said (which, btw, is actually totally true). "[Jack Black] also turns some heads around the office." If the timing for the release seems ill-fated, what with the music industry in a chronic slump, the trio hasn’t let it dampen their spirits or their expectations. Or their love of comic hyperbole. "This album is like a defibrillator, and we’re going to apply it to the chest of the music industry and really give it a zap," Samberg said. Added Taccone, "We actually made this CD to reinvigorate the music industry. And we feel it’s a real game-changer."