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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 Spiderman 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 rockstar 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 '13; the 19-track collection contained no new songs. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Comments

I don't care what people say about Nickelback, they are amazing. I absolutely love their voices!
Nickleback my s**t
ladybug06030 1
This freaked me out this isn't fake apparently is you copy and paste this on 10 different comments you will either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
I love it
Nickelback you're music is addicting .
My mom introduced me to Nickelback and it was love at first site. Not gay.
I love this band
uh im in love
I'm more of a metal guy, but I love Nickelback!! ! I think that they are one of the best hard rock bands out there!
heathergcat1 3
Love nickelback always have always will
I love Nickelback.. . s c r e w the haters. They have great music.
Follow for follow
Yup yup burn it to the ground swinging with mother with leather and chains
Y"all Rock
I'm in love with this song
I'm in love
F**king awesome band
Luv this band, follow me plz :D
I'm sorry my dick cousin posted thid
Well sucks to be Erica
How.funny writing about people who.are dead when others have seen them so alive...Iron i c isnt it..Erika.. March 3 1980.. You or Ruby October 13 1977 and Omar November 29 1976 were the ones that got the cell phone and his wallet.Ciert o Si...
I deldicate the song far away to my sister erica
Erica I know we never got along to well . I only remeber u saying you love me once . I'm sad I never said goodbye to u before you died. I tear up as I type this. you weren't always the perfect sister but then again who is perfect? The point is I miss you so much . I dream about you a lot and I think about u everyday . I'm 16 now . So Erica I'm sorry for all the times I didn't tell u this ..but I love you so much and I miss u .


Rip Erica
Died in 2009 at 24
Of cancer
Love u sis
neetagg
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of you life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on five songs in 143 min. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come of the screen in big letters
Listen to them faithfully every single day .. |*
photograph!
Hi
Love this songs
evavoelker
Say your crushs name
Name a day of the week
Kiss your left hand three times
Clap your hands four times
Comment this on 5 other songs
And your crush will ask you out on the day if the week you said
Same as me
I remember when my dad would play this song when i was a kid and i still listen to it today
I love u Nickelback your the best :)........ha t e r s should stop drinking that haterade if u don't like them keep it to yourself
I remember getting dark horse from my mom and my dad took it as soon as I showed him. I was 7. XD Moms...
These guys are so radio rock, they're like the Justin Bieber of rock
nicko252008
pickle kissers
taran.storm
I... Love... THIS EFFING BAND! SO wish they'd go ahead and either make a new album or another compilation! You're worth every returnable :-)
Hey all you haters um a if you hate him why are you on his station. F**k haters
My moms jammin bannin :)
Nickelback is my life. Fav band ��
I dont know if I hate them or love them : /
Forget u all haters of nickelback your just jealous
The concert sucked, so i went backstage and got my nickelback. :D
ur prob just mad cause they did something with there life and u sit behind a computer giving shi*ty comments
nickelback is amazing why do u have to be so mad ck?
ckcenicero
I have 1 thing to say to everyone who says nickelback is good. Go f**k yourself.
Fallow me i fallow back ^_^
cool station
Asyouwishtwi c e . Just some people being dumb
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