The girl responsible for Weezer ‘s viral cover of Toto ‘s “Africa” has been rewarded with an amazing gift from the band, a gold record.
You may recall a teenage Weezer fan set up a Twitter account with the handle @WeezerAfrica dedicated to a single goal: tweet at Weezer and convince them to cover the 1981 Toto song.
The rest is history. We know the campaign worked, and in May 2018, the “Africa” cover gave Weezer their first number-one hit on Billboard ‘s Alternative Songs chart in 10 years, and their first entry on the Hot 100 in nine years.
In March of this year, the cover was certified gold by the RIAA for sales of half a million units. To thank Mary , Weezer sent her a personalized gold record plaque in the shape of Africa!
It’s been a while, man, life’s so rad. Huge thank you to @weezer for sending me a gold record in honor of the certification of the song, this was absolutely crazy!#WeezerCoverAfrica pic.twitter.com/tYrC77nJj4
— weezer cover africa by toto (@weezerafrica) October 14, 2019
The band’s next album, Van Weezer , is due out May 2020, which they’ll support this summer on the Hella Mega tour with Green Day and Fall Out Boy at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on 7/28!