Weezer is an American rock/pop band.band that consists of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, guitar), Patrick Wilson (drums, guitar), Brian Bell (guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), and Scott Shriner (bass, backing vocals, keyboards). The band's lineup has changed three times since its formation in 1992. They have released nine full-length albums, six EPs, and a DVD. Weezer has sold over nine million records in the United States to date.
Weezer debuted in 1994 with their self-titled album, referred to by fans as The Blue Album. The album was a huge commercial success spawning the popular singles "Undone – The Sweater Song" and "Buddy Holly", both of which were responsible for launching Weezer into mainstream success with the aid of music videos directed by Spike Jonze. It has been certified three times platinum by the RIAA, making it Weezer's best selling album of all-time.
In 1996, the album Pinkerton was released. It was considered a critical and commercial failure, selling far less than its multi-platinum predecessor. However, in the years following its release, it has seen much critical and commercial championing.
Following a hiatus, after the release of Pinkerton, in 2001, Weezer returned to critical and commercial prominence with the platinum-selling release of their second self-titled album, commonly referred to by fans as The Green Album. A year after the release of The Green Album, the band released Maladroit which peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold.
In 2005, the band released their fifth studio album, Make Believe. The album spawned their first number one single, "Beverly Hills." The single stayed at number one for a week, only to be outdone by their third single "Perfect Situation" which stayed at number one for four weeks."Beverly Hills" became the top-selling digital download of 2005 and the album was certified platinum.
Following the release of Make Believe, the band would return once again to hiatus-mode for the next two years. In June 2008, The Red Album was released and the first single from the album, "Pork and Beans" spent 11 weeks at the top of the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. The second single from the album, "Troublemaker", peaked at No. 2 on the Alternative Songs chart, while the third and final single from the album, "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived", peaked at No. 35 on the same chart. On August 25, 2009, a new single "If You're Wondering If I Want You To (I Want You To)" was released from their new album Raditude on November 3, 2009. The single later peaked at number two on the Alternative Songs chart.
In August 2010, the band announced that their next album would be titled Hurley and be released on September 14, 2010. The first single, "Memories", was subsequently released, followed by "Hang On".