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Nickelback
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Nickelback onstage Belfast, September 12 2008
Background information
Origin Hanna, Alberta, Canada
Genre(s) Hard rock[1][2][3][4][5][6]
Post-grunge[7][8][9][10]
Alternative rock[1][6]
Alternative metal[7]
Years active 1995–present
Label(s) Roadrunner, Atlantic,
EMI (Canada), LiveNation
Website nickelback.com
Members
Chad Kroeger
Ryan Peake
Mike Kroeger
Daniel Adair
Former members
Ryan Vikedal
Brandon Kroeger

Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in Hanna, Alberta by Chad Kroeger, Mike Kroeger, Ryan Peake and then-drummer Brandon Kroeger. Nickelback is one of the most successful Canadian groups, having sold roughly 31 million records worldwide.[11] Nickelback ranks as the 11th best selling music act of the 2000s, also placing as the 2nd best selling foreign act in the US behind The Beatles for the 2000s.[12]

The band is now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Its name originates from the nickel in change that band member Mike Kroeger gave customers at his Starbucks job, he would frequently say, "Here's your nickel back".[13]

The band is signed to EMI in Canada and Roadrunner Records for the rest of the world. In July 2008, the band signed with Live Nation for three touring and album cycles, with an option for a fourth cycle. The contract includes recordings, touring, merchandise and other rights.[14]

HistoryEdit

Nickelback's first release was a seven-track EP called Hesher in 1996, (which is now an extremely well sought-after collecter's item).[15] In the same year Nickelback recorded their first full-length album Curb. "Fly" was released on Hesher and Curb and was the first single produced by Nickelback. It did not chart and was only played on local radio stations.

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Nickelback performing in Dublin in 2006.

The following album The State was recorded in 1998 and was released as an independent record the same year. Nickelback signed a record deal with EMI and Roadrunner Records. The State was then re-released in 2000 by EMI and Roadrunner Records; it was certificated gold in Canada and the United States. It has been certified Platinum in 2008.[16]

In 2001, Nickelback released the album Silver Side Up, which propelled them into the mainstream. The single "How You Remind Me" was a huge success, peaking at #1 on both the American and Canadian charts at the same time. In the U.S., it was a #1 single on the Mainstream and Modern rock charts, as well as the pop chart. It also peaked at #2 on Adult Top 40. "How You Remind Me" became the Billboard Hot 100 #1 single of the year for 2002. The next single was "Too Bad", which also hit #1 on the Mainstream Rock Chart and had a small amount of success on the pop chart. The final single from the album was "Never Again", another #1 hit on Mainstream Rock.

In 2002, Chad Kroeger collaborated with Josey Scott and Gaige Corvo who played the lead guitar on the Spider-Man theme song, "Hero". This also featured Tyler Connolly, Mike Kroeger, Matt Cameron, and Jeremy Taggart.

In 2003, Nickelback released The Long Road. The lead single was "Someday". The band also released "Feelin' Way Too Damn Good" as a single, which peaked at #3 on the Mainstream Rock Charts. " Figured You Out" was also released as a single and topped the Mainstream Rock Charts for 13 consecutive weeks.

Nickelback's fifth studio album, All the Right Reasons, produced five U.S. Hot 100 top 20 singles: "Photograph", "Savin' Me", "Far Away", "If Everyone Cared", "Rockstar". Three of these became U.S. Hot 100 top 10 singles. All the Right Reasons has sold 7,130,623 copies in the US as of April 25, 2009.[17]

On September 4, 2008 Roadrunner Records announced that the first single from their upcoming album was originally going to be "If Today Was Your Last Day" and was to be released September 30, 2008. However, the song was scrapped as the first single, and "Gotta Be Somebody" added as the lead single instead. [18] The new album, titled Dark Horse, was released on November 18, 2008. The album was produced by Mutt Lange.[19] Something in Your Mouth was released as the second single to rock radio only on December 15, where it reached #1. Two more singles have been released from the album, "I'd Come for You" and "Burn It to the Ground".

DiscographyEdit

Main article: Nickelback discography

AwardsEdit

Main article: List of Nickelback awards

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Essi Berelian, "The Rough Guide to Heavy Metal", p. 249
  2. Nickelback at Popmatters
  3. Nickelback at About.com
  4. Nickelback at NME
  5. Nickelback at IGN
  6. 6.0 6.1 Nickelback at Musicmight
  7. 7.0 7.1 allmusic ((( Nickelback > Overview )))
  8. http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2007/03/24/entertainment/music/10_24_563_21_07.txt
  9. Nickelback at Rolling Stone
  10. Nickelback at MTV
  11. http://www.apra.com.au/awards/music/Nom07_ForeignWork.asp
  12. http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/chart_watch/34074/chart-watch-extra-the-top-20-album-sellers-of-the-2000s
  13. Namely Nickelback MusicMatch Guide
  14. Sisario, Ben (2008-07-08). ""Nickelback Signs Up With Live Nation"". NY Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/09/arts/music/09nickel.html?ref=arts. Retrieved on 2008-07-08. 
  15. http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Artists/N/Nickelback/2001/10/02/748171.html
  16. http://riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH_RESULTS
  17. http://riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?resultpage=1&table=SEARCH_RESULTS&action=&title=All%20the%20Right%20Reasons&artist=Nickelback&format=ALBUM&debutLP=&category=GROUP&sex=&releaseDate=&requestNo=&type=ST&level=&label=Roadrunner&company=&certificationDate=&awardDescription=&catalogNo=&aSex=&rec_id=&charField=&gold=&platinum=&multiPlat=&level2=&certDate=&album=&id=&after=on&before=on&startMonth=1&endMonth=2&startYear=2005&endYear=2008&sort=CertificationDate&perPage=25
  18. Mainstream Top 40 Add Dates FMQB.com. Accessed September 25, 2008
  19. http://www.komodorock.com/new-releases/cd-releases/nickleback-announce-new-album-200809047346/ Nickleback Announce New Album

External linksEdit

OfficialEdit

InterviewsEdit

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