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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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To the people out there spelling Nickelback wrong and putting a space between the name f**k off
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Still better than U2 and AiC
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Nickel back your songs are the best I love your songs Go Nickel back
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Ok here we go fat nutsacks band. Yea u dont say nothing about ur favorite band u punk. U should be on this thread worshipping ur fav band. Everybody plz welcome fat nutsac. He's a lonely little boy who needs help but acts like he knows everything. I think he has a bad childhood an needs a friend. Watch out though, he's a closet case. Fat nutsac is his name. I call him little sac.
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Follow me and I will follow you back!
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Star Gazer
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Yeah Nickelback is pretty awesome
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I will always love nickleback.
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I love nickelback
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Couldn't cut it as a poor man stealing
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Great Sounding Band Nickelback
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Don't read this because it actually works on the nearest Friday u will be kissed by the love of your life don't stop reading now post this on 5 songs then your lovers name will appear on your screen it's so scary
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I love nickel back and I think they are very awesome
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I don't understand.. Why is Nickelback getting so much hate? They are actually really good and he can sing. I like them, but if you don't that's okay I just don't know why they get so much hate.
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Nickelback is the best!
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sgreymom
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GO NICKLBACK !
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It makes me sad because no matter how much I like Nickelback songs or how in depth I go to like individual songs pandora never plays any songs from The State or Curb
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hamptonlaura
All u haters out there keep hating it's what keeps them in the spotlight GO NICKELBACK
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So many of their songs tell the stories of mine and I'm very sure thousands of others lives as well.
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Probably the most underrated band ever alongside creed
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People who post superstition s I'm you
Do s**t
Do more s**t
Lick somones a**
F**k ur father look under ur pillow there's a note that will say F**K OFF
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Sorry people on here who are following me
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alabastervil l i s 0
im a hater of most things and most people but even i am confused as to why so many people seem to outright hate this band. they have good songs and even their worse song is still better than anything on the radio now
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I absolutely LOVE Nickelback i have every CD! There music huts every type of feeling anyone could have! Seen them in concert and it was one of THE best night of my life! I will never forget it! And i wouldnt think twice about going to see them again! Love them since i was 4 years old! This is the band i grow up listening too!
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amberloulou1
What is the point in saying mean things? If you don't like it, then you have a choice to not listen to it. Not everything revolves around your opinions
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People if u hate singers songs choose to if u like them choose to everybody is diffrent not everybody has to be like 1 person
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"And tease them all by sucking on her thumb..."
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poos.kevin4
Coulbricht, you're one to talk. I can't understand you, take the hose outta' ye mouth boy.
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coulbricht
U suck nickleback >:(
U ruin my music
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Creepy601 u spelled everything thing right.
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I know i suck at spelling and i don't care
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Hey creepy601 maybe you should go through some spelling lessons
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Just a couple of animals..... . . Yes Nickelback I got both hands on the wheel while you got your hands on my gears
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Nickel back your one of the best
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Nickelback is the best band in the world so you haters need to back of
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Awesomely awesome
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Nickelback is great and those other comments suck donkey ______
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Nickelback is awesome I love them do be a hater
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I like rock but NickelBack Sucks it's no good rock it's pop rock fake no soul
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About time someone figured it out
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Nickelback IS real rock. Sex Drugs and Rock'N'Roll anyone?

it is because of the mass of haters on bands like Nickelback that rock music is no longer the vein of the mainstream.

every time any rock group made it big over the last two decades, the mass of haters came out to call them posers and then the rest of the sheep go off and follow them and then that band's popularity died out.

Now all we are left with is nothing but Taylor swift, Rihanna and all the other worthless pop crap

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kdjc21
Suele nadie sus
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Stop reminding me of who you think I am because that's not who I truly an
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NEXT CONTESTANT ROCKS
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FOLLOW ME PLZZZ TRYING TO GET 50 FOLLOWERS BY FRIDAY IM ON MOST OF THE TIME SO IF U WANNA CHAT ILL USUALLY GET BACK TO U ASAP ALSO I HAVE A GMAIL IF U NEED TO GET AHOLD OF ME ITS ON MY PROFILE SO PLZZ FOLLOW ME!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! T H A N K S : ) :)
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Despite them haters, Nickleback ROCKS!!!
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Used to love Nickelback, but my ex took that away too
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Nickelback is pritty good
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What a bunch of mainstream sellout twats. Their Visas should be revoked for making bad music now. All that comes from Canada is garbage music and sissies. Two thumbs down for these lame stream Aholes.
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