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Nickelback

Few bands did more than Nickelback to establish the force of slick, commercially minded post-grunge in the 2000s. Led by vocalist Chad Kroeger, the band initially emerged in the late '90s as Canada's answer to Creed, prizing a blend of gruff vocals and distorted (yet radio-friendly) guitars. After a handful of singles failed to gain much traction in Canada, "How You Remind Me" caught hold in 2001, eventually topping the charts in several countries while gathering four Grammy nominations and four Juno Awards. Creed imploded several years later, but Nickelback's popularity only grew as the decade progressed, effectively eclipsing those acts that had once informed the band's sound.

Chad Kroeger honed his frontman skills by performing with cover bands in Hanna, a small Canadian town 215 kilometers northeast of Calgary. After growing tired of playing other people's songs, he borrowed money from his stepfather and relocated to Vancouver, where he recorded his first batch of original material. Mike Kroeger, Chad's bass-playing sibling, decided to join his brother's band, as did fellow Vancouver transplants Ryan Peake (a guitarist who had befriended the Kroeger in middle school) and Ryan Vikedal (a drummer from Peake's hometown of Brooks, Alberta). Nickelback officially took shape in 1996 and quickly set to work, releasing two albums -- the Hesher EP and full-length album Curb -- before the year was up. By 1998, the bandmates were managing themselves; Chad courted radio stations, brother Mike handled distribution, Vikedal booked shows, and Peake maintained the band's website.

January 2000 saw the arrival of The State, Nickelback's second independent release. Issued at a time in which Canadian content requirements were increased (and, accordingly, local radio stations had begun to desperately seek out homegrown product), the album fared very well on indie charts. Nickelback toured ceaselessly in support of The State, logging approximately 200 shows while playing alongside other groups of the burgeoning post-grunge genre. Nickelback's commercial appeal wasn't lost on the record industry, either, and The State's distribution rights were quickly snapped up by Roadrunner Records in the U.S. and EMI in Canada. As the band continued to tour, Kroeger kept writing new songs, many of which were honed in front of live audiences. Much of that material found its way onto Silver Side Up, which was produced by Rick Parashar (who came to prominence in the early '90s by helming Pearl Jam's Ten, Alice in Chains' Sap, and Blind Melon's self-titled debut) and recorded at Green House, the same Vancouver studio used during The State's creation. The combination of Nickelback's growing popularity and Kroeger's focused songwriting propelled Silver Side Up onto album charts across the world, spearheaded by the hit single "How You Remind Me." Kroeger capitalized on that exposure by producing another Vancouver-based band, Default, and collaborating with Saliva's Josey Scott for the Spider-Man soundtrack. The Long Road then arrived in 2003, featuring an increasingly polished sound and another high-charting single, "Someday." While some listeners criticized the apparent similarities between "Someday" and "How You Remind Me," The Long Road had little trouble maintaining Nickelback's wide audience, eventually selling over five million copies worldwide.

In February 2005, Nickelback announced the departure of Vikedal. He was soon replaced by 3 Doors Down's former drummer, Daniel Adair, and Nickelback returned to Kroeger's studio in Vancouver to begin work on another album. ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Pantera's Dimebag Darrell (who unfortunately died before the album's release) were guests on the chart-topping All the Right Reasons, which arrived in October 2005. The album proved to be Nickelback's most popular effort to date, remaining in the Billboard Top 30 for over two years and selling over seven million copies in the U.S. alone. It also spawned five Top 20 singles, a feat that attracted the attention of veteran producer (and demonstrated hit-maker) Mutt Lange. Nickelback traveled to Lange's home in Switzerland to share songwriting ideas; impressed with the results, they also enlisted him to helm their next album. Recorded in a converted Vancouver barn, Dark Horse marked the band's sixth studio album upon its release in November 2008. Nickelback's seventh studio album arrived nearly three years after the multi-platinum-selling Dark Horse. The 11-track Here and Now, which was preceded by the singles "Bottoms Up" and "When We Stand Together," hit the streets on November 21, 2011.

The following year Kroeger began working on fellow Canadian rock star Avril Lavigne's eponymous fifth album. Shortly after their working partnership began, they began dating and eventually married in early 2013. The band put together their first compilation, The Best of Nickelback, Vol. 1, which appeared in November of 2013; the 19-track collection contained no new songs. In 2014 the band's contract with Roadrunner expired and they decided not to renew, signing instead with Universal Republic for their eighth album, No Fixed Address. The album included a number of departures from Nickelback's usual fare, including radio-friendly "What Are You Waiting For?," the politicized "Edge of a Revolution," and "Got Me Runnin' 'Round," which featured a horn section and rapper Flo Rida. No Fixed Address appeared in November 2014. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Track List: Bottoms Up (Single)

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Track List: Edge Of A Revolution (Single)

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Track List: When We Stand Together (Single)

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Love this song, it came out when I was in a deployment in Irak
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Someday(;
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Never again the song is for a very special friend of mine who had to live this life...
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I like this band but not as much as guns 'n roses

Rock on!!!!
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Love this song.
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Their old stuff was good. Now they're nothing but a bunch of mainstream sellouts. They need to be deported back to Canada for having s**tty music .
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Ballz out
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tylersdad215
Nice
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Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop this is so scary. Put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
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dawntanner96
I don't see why people hate this band, who made up that thing anyway?
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Im sad now
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Great song! Follow for a follow
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im gay
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dstipe3749
Say Ariana 5 times and post this on 2 other songs then check your voice
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Chad wishes he was James Hetfield
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Ew
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Love song
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OK they are jut ������������
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I'll ��������
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KimberlyNana i like nickelback
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eh I like him more with avril than I did before he got with her
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Kiss your left hand
Say your crush name
Close your hand
Pick a school day
Post this on 5 other songs
Then he/she will ask you out
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Great Sound Great Best Nickelback God Spead
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Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However, if you do not post this in at least 5 songs you will die in 2 days. Now that you're reading this, don't stop. This is so scary. Put this in at least 5 songs in 143 minutes, and when you're done press F6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary, it actually works
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One of my favourite songs love them :)
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This song rocks!!!
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I love Nickelback so much.
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Jared.champi o n 2 0 0 2
Lmao

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I CANT WAIT TO GOBTO THEIR CONCERT IN AUGUST
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Why is nickleback so perfect I love them so much and I got my step dad addicted to them lol hope I get to see them in concert this March
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I love this song!!!! And Nickelback
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no it doesn't. just wanna see what happens
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Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However, if you do not post this in at least 5 songs you will die in 2 days. Now that you're reading this, don't stop. This is so scary. Put this in at least 5 songs in 143 minutes, and when you're done press F6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary, it actually works
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*skip* he reminds me of Nicholas cage 0.o
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I love Nickelback!! Best band ever!
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i love them there my favorite band
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Ugh I hate these guys! Yes, yes that was sarcasm ;)
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legojunkiemt
vvvvvvvv= truth matt = why even comment?
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If you dont like them why do you feel the need to comment? If you ain't got nothing nice to say about someone keep your mouth shut. Your opinion is your own but you should try to be optimistic. People that are optimistic live longer.
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mattcastrell o
you guys are the s**tty sequal to rock music... a worse sequal than dumb and dumber to
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These guy are awesome like kid rock like yours songs
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These guys are AWESOME
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I love riding my motorcycle and listening to these guys.
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i love them
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cooltravelnu r s e
I love your song rockstar
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jared.champi o n 2 0 0 2
Your moma so stuipid she thought Nickelback was a refund! xD
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I really like a lot of their songs. I must have been under a rock the last few yrs! Got a CD great from start to finish...kee p on rockin!!
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Nickelback is soooo good!
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Nickelback is my fave band. I'm so not like other girls fangirling over 5SOS and whatnot
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Nickleback, they're Canada's Creed
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