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Weezer's 'Pinkerton' goes platinum before 20th anniversary

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Weezer famously followed their 1994 smash debut Weezer (Blue Album) — home to hits including “Buddy Holly” and “Undone — The Sweater Song” — with 1996’s Pinkerton, a knotty album that was maligned upon its release before becoming a cult favorite. But the power-pop band’s sophomore album has now achieved a commercial milestone, going platinum a mere eight days before its 20th birthday.

“Thanks to all 1 million of you in the US and A and the many more #acrossthesea worldwide who bought it and loved it,” Weezer wrote in the caption of an Instagram post sharing the news. The note also gave recognized bassist Scott Shriner, who joined the band five years after Pinkerton‘s release, “for rocking its jams correctly since ’01, surely your live efforts played a major role in spreading this slice of gospel.” (In 2010 and 2011, Weezer played Pinkerton in its entirety at multiple concerts as part of its Memories Tour.)

More than two decades into their career, Weezer is still going strong. Earlier this year, the band put out Weezer (White Album), their tenth LP (and fourth with a color title), and embarked on a massive tour with Panic! at the Disco.