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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: No Fixed Address

1. Million Miles An Hour

2. Edge Of A Revolution

3. What Are You Waiting For?

4. She Keeps Me Up

5. Make Me Believe Again

6. Satellite

7. Get 'Em Up

8. The Hammer's Coming Down

9. Miss You

10. Got Me Runnin' Round (Feat. Flo Rida)

11. Sister Sin

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Track List: Here And Now

1. This Means War

2. Bottoms Up

3. When We Stand Together

4. Midnight Queen

5. Gotta Get Me Some

6. Lullaby

7. Kiss It Goodbye

8. Trying Not To Love You

9. Holding On To Heaven

10. Everything I Wanna Do

11. Don't Ever Let It End

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Track List: Dark Horse

1. Something In Your Mouth

2. Burn It To The Ground

3. Gotta Be Somebody

4. I'd Come For You

5. Next Go Round

6. Just To Get High

7. Never Gonna Be Alone

8. Shakin' Hands

9. S.E.X.

10. If Today Was Your Last Day

11. This Afternoon

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Track List: The Long Road

1. Flat On The Floor

2. Do This Anymore

3. Someday

4. Believe It Or Not

5. Feelin' Way Too Damn Good

6. Because Of You

7. Figured You Out

8. Should've Listened

9. Throw Yourself Away

10. Another Hole In The Head

11. See You At The Show

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Track List: Silver Side Up

1. Never Again

2. How You Remind Me

3. Woke Up This Morning

4. Too Bad

5. Just For

6. Hollywood

7. Look What Your Money Bought

8. Where Do I Hide

9. Hangnail

10. Good Times Gone

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Track List: The State

1. Breathe

2. Cowboy Hat

3. Leader Of Men

4. Old Enough

5. Worthy To Say

6. Diggin' This

7. Deep

8. One Last Run

9. Not Leavin' Yet

10. Hold Out Your Hand

11. Leader Of Men

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Track List: Curb

1. Little Friend

2. Pusher

3. Detangler

4. Curb

5. Where?

6. Falls Back On

7. Sea Groove

8. Fly

9. Just For

10. Left

11. Window Shopper

12. I Don't Have

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Track List: All The Right Reasons

1. Follow You Home

2. Fight For All The Wrong Reasons

3. Photograph

4. Animals

5. Savin' Me

6. Far Away

7. Next Contestant

8. Side Of A Bullet

9. If Everyone Cared

10. Someone That You're With

11. Rockstar

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Track List: Bottoms Up (Single)

1. Bottoms Up

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Track List: Edge Of A Revolution (Single)

1. Edge Of A Revolution

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Track List: What Are You Waiting For? (Single)

1. What Are You Waiting For?

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Track List: When We Stand Together (Single)

1. When We Stand Together

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alexandraabe l l a 1 7
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jennifer_nic o l e 9 9 2 0 0 0
Idiots who say s**t and fuss are those guys on side lines... Who cares as long as music makes anyone happy!!!
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these guys are garbage. this is whats wrong with music these days.
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Never get sick of these songs
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Last year in 2015, my parents, older brother & I went 2 go & see my older sister in Melbourne (my mum had tickets for NB's show)

Anyways while my dad & older brother went 2 rugby, my mum, older sister & I went 2 go & see Nickelback at Melbourne Rod Lava Arena. They are the greatest band ever. Only got 2 see them play LIVE once, I wish that I could go & see them but be in the mesh pit
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I love Nickelback so much.
Listening 2 their music makes me happy everyday. I'm like obsessed with them & their music.

I think I started 2 like their music when I heard their song How You Remind Me on Singstar & started listening 2 them from there on.

Love you Nickelback.
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THE BEST BAND EVER AND I GOT TOBSEE THRM IN CONCERT!!
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madhsa1973
One of my favorite bands
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favorite band
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❤❤❤❤❤
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Sabrina am still a fan and you still have my h.:)lol
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Hey man
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Reminds me when I was 7 years old
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Don't read this. You will be hugged on the nearest Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow you will have the best day of your life.now you've started, but don't stop. If you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes, then press space bar and you crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so freaky. It actually works.
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i loved this band for a long time and i still do this song is very great!!! 10/10
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love ur music
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DONT READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY
THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE.TOMMORO W WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW
YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS. DON'T STOP. THIS IS SO FREAKY.
1. say your name ten times.
2.say your mom's name five times.
3. say your crushes three times
4. paste this to four other groups.
If you do this, your crush will kiss you on the nearest Friday.
But if you read this and do not paste this, then you
will have very bad luck.
SEND THIS TO 5 GROUPS IN 143
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I never give up people ������������
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I hate this band.

JK, amazing band, I wish they were still popular.
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Nickel back has been my favorite band since I was 4 and the only thing my father and I have in common (I hate my father) me this band will still bring us together so thank you Nickelback
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Never give up ,
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hey u guys if u want some one talk to or rp with or do some thing ; ) just lave a follow
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Yeah deb73686. They don't disappoint when you need a good song.
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Awesome band. Always my go to songs...
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Keep on bringing us that a** kicking, hot a** f**king tunes!!
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madhsa1973
Love your music
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Good band
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You guys make the best music.
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Yea I have been holding on since Aug 22 2015
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Good Music.
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Honestly, I see nothing wrong with this band. Please, anyone who hates this band, comment on my profile and tell me why you feel the way you do! I have been a Nickelback fan for a long time and have never had any reason to dislike them as much as some people do. Sure they can be vulgar at times, but that's the only problem I can think of. So someone, please tell me why you dislike them. Don't want to argue, just curious! :)
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Rock star is my favorite song by you guys, keep rocking it till you can't no more!!!!!!
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Nickleback is the best band
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Fkn Aye Right Biatches!!!! !
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They had one good song. Now they're a bunch of mainstream sell outs . Worst band ever and Kroeger looks like a flamer with that ignorant hair do
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Love it so much :)
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Great!!! "Rola"
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You can always.. Count on me!!!!...gre a t song nickelback,, , rock it!!!!!!
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They are good
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But I love all the songs :)
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I love 5 songs by u guys Never Gonna Be Alone, We Stand Together, Lullaby, Gotta Be Somebody and Far Away
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I luv this band because my great grandpa would whistle their songs sometimes and it makes me feel like he is still with me :) <3
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Fkn Aye
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This is my 11 year-old grandson favorite band !!! Braydon when you was 4 we jammed !!! Never stopped!! Grandma loves you!!!
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I think that Nickelback is a good hard rock band I just would like to get to meet them
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No matter what... remember!!
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Kill me
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Come on America, come on dance your a** off, ,,,,,,,hell yea,,,,rippi n up dance,,floor , , ,
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My sons song when he lived in Texas n I was in Cali. I couldn't handle it. So promised I'd neva Eva leave him. I Luv my baby boy
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