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Weezer’s “Africa” Cover Reaches #1 On US iTunes Sales Chart (Update)

Weezer’s take on the Toto classic is resonating with iTunes buyers.

Weezer - Africa Cover

Update: The owner of the @weezerafrica Twitter account was evidently not the only fan interested in a Weezer cover of Toto’s “Africa.”

The fan-demanded cover, which launched Tuesday, reached #1 on the US iTunes sales chart Wednesday morning. It occupies that spot as of 10:05AM ET.

Weezer’s version of the classic dethroned Shawn Mendes’ “In My Blood,” which had ruled for the past few days.
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Responding to a long-standing request from fans (including the @weezerafrica Twitter account), Weezer finally released a cover of Toto’s “Africa.”

The recording is, predictably, generating interest from the music market.

Weezer’s “Africa” is #9 on the all-genre US iTunes sales chart as of press time at 11:40PM ET Tuesday. It is #2 on the YouTube Trending Chart.

In addition to a positive reaction from fans, the cover received a seal of approval from Toto. The band Tweeted “well done” alongside a Pitchfork article about the song.

Audio for the recording, which uses the original @weezerafrica Tweet as its cover art, follows:

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Written by Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson's tenure at Headline Planet dates back to its 2002 origins. He played a pivotal role in the publication's evolution into an entertainment powerhouse.

Today, he focuses intently on movie and box office coverage. He also contributes stories on alternative areas like pro wrestling and mixed martial arts.

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