Weezer returns to Hot 100 for first time in nearly a decade thanks to “Africa” cover

ABC/Randy HolmesThanks to a viral fan campaign, Weezer has a spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in nearly a decade.

As Pitchfork points out, the band’s cover of Toto‘s 1982 hit “Africa” has debuted at number 89 on the Hot 100. That makes it the first Weezer single to appear on the chart since the Raditude single “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” peaked at number 81 in 2008.

The story of the cover goes back to a long-running, very specific fan campaign. For the past year, a Weezer fan has been tweeting at the band and frontman Rivers Cuomo from the account @WeezerAfrica pleading with them to cover “Africa.” After trolling the campaign by releasing a cover of another Toto hit “Rosanna,” Weezer finally premiered their cover of “Africa” late last month.

Weezer will continue to bless the rains when they perform “Africa” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight, airing at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

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