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Weezer's Teal Album Rules Rock Charts Thanks to Covers of a-ha, TLC & More

Shawn Murphy


Nine of the album's 10 songs reach Hot Rock Songs.

Following its first full week of availability, Weezer's newest self-titled set, this one dubbed the Teal Album, jumps 5-1 on both Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts dated Feb. 9, becoming the quartet's third No. 1 on each list.

Released Jan. 24, the all-covers set earned 38,000 equivalent album units in the Jan. 25-31 tracking week, up from 14,000 in its first day, according to Nielsen Music. Of that 38,000, the album pulled 27,000 in traditional album sales.

The set also shoots 47-5 on the all-format Billboard 200, becoming the band's ninth top 10 on the list and first in nearly three years, since the self-titled set known as the White Album debuted and peaked at No. 4 in April 2016.

Concurrently, nine of the new album's 10 tracks appear on the Hot Rock Songs chart (after lead single and Toto cover "Africa" hit No. 5 in September and has since gone recurrent), led by Weezer's rendition of a-ha's 1985 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "Take on Me."

The full rundown:

Weezer on the Hot Rock Songs chart, Feb. 9:
No. 13, "Take on Me"; 2 million streams, 2,000 sold (Original: a-ha)
No. 16, "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"; 1.5 million streams, 3,000 sold (Original: Tears for Fears)
No. 18, "No Scrubs"; 1.8 million streams, 2,000 sold (Original: TLC)
No. 29, "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"; 1.4 million streams, 1,000 sold (Original: Eurythmics)
No. 36, "Happy Together"; 1.2 million streams; 1,000 sold (Original: The Turtles)
No. 37, "Billie Jean"; 1.3 million streams; 1,000 sold (Original: Michael Jackson)
No. 39, "Mr. Blue Sky"; 1.3 million streams; 1,000 sold (Original: Electric Light Orchestra)
No. 44, "Stand By Me"; 1.1 million streams; 1,000 sold (Original: Ben E. King)
No. 50, "Paranoid"; 1.1 million streams; 1,000 sold (Original: Black Sabbath)

(As for Weezer's "Africa," it drew 2.3 million streams and sold 4,000 in the tracking week. Toto's original topped the Hot 100 in 1983.)

In all, Weezer charts 10 tracks on Hot Rock Songs, as "Can't Knock the Hustle," the lead radio single from the band's next self-titled LP (aka the Black Album, due March 1), ranks at No. 49. Weezer is the second act to chart at least 10 songs simultaneously on Hot Rock Songs in 2019, following Queen (13 titles, Jan. 5).

Weezer wasn't the only band with gains thanks to the Teal Album. For instance, Tears for Fears' 1985 original "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" sold 1,000 downloads in the tracking week, up 26 percent, and TLC's "No Scrubs," which is also enjoying attention around its 20th anniversary, scored a 17 percent in downloads sold, also to 1,000.