Panic! at the Disco is ramping up promotion for its fifth studio album Death of a Bachelor, which is set to drop Jan. 15. But its massively influential debut is still getting love. Back on Sept. 27, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out celebrated its 10th anniversary, and this month, it went double platinum.
Frontman Brendon Urie -- the band’s lone remaining member from the Fever days -- showed off his brand new hardware on Twitter on Nov. 12 along with a lyrical reference from the album’s mega hit, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.”
Well this calls for a toast so pour the champagne -- Here's to 10 years, 2 million albums and you, thank you! pic.twitter.com/XwSisqpMbq
— Panic! At The Disco (@PanicAtTheDisco) November 13, 2015
Double platinum certification means an album has shipped its two millionth copy, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Sales-wise, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out was a slow-burner. It didn’t achieve notable first week sales and its singles were not actively worked to radio until months after its release. Instead, a fervent online following and a subsequent tour with Fall Out Boy pushed Panic! to the point they were selling over 30,000 albums per week, goading radio to eventually pick up “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.” The song remains a popular recurring track pick on alternative radio, assisting in Fever’s continued popularity.
If you enjoyed that trip down memory lane, be sure to read Billboard’s oral history of Panic! at the Disco’s debut album, featuring interviews with Urie, Pete Wentz, producer Matt Squire, and more. Also, keep an eye out for a new episode of the Alt In Our Stars podcast featuring Urie in early January.