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Nickelback onstage Belfast, September 12, 2008
Background information
Origin Hanna, Alberta, Canada
Genres Hard rock, alternative rock, pop rock, post-grunge, alternative metal, heavy metal[1][2][3][4]
Years active 1995–present
Labels Roadrunner, Atlantic,
EMI (Canada), LiveNation
Chad Kroeger
Ryan Peake
Mike Kroeger
Daniel Adair
Former members
Ryan Vikedal
Brandon Kroeger

Nickelback is a Canadian post-grunge band from Hanna, Alberta, formed in 1995 by Chad Kroeger, Mike Kroeger, Ryan Peake and then-drummer Brandon Kroeger. Nickelback is one of the most commercially successful Canadian groups, having sold 30 million records worldwide.[5] Nickelback ranks as the 11th best selling music act of the 2000s, and is the 2nd best selling foreign act in the US behind The Beatles for the 2000s.[6]

The band is 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."[7]

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. The contract includes recordings, touring, merchandise and other rights.[8]



Early years: 1995–2000

Nickelback's first release was a seven-track EP called Hesher in 1996.[9] In the same year, Nickelback recorded their first full-length album Curb. "Fly" was included on both Hesher and Curb and was the first single produced by Nickelback. It did enter the charts and was only played on local radio stations.

The following album, The State, was recorded and released independently in 1998. Nickelback signed a record deal with EMI and Roadrunner Records, who re-released The State in 2000. Two singles from the album, "Leader of Men" and "Breathe" were fairly successful and resulted in the album being certificated gold in Canada and the United States. It was certified Platinum in 2008.[10]

Mainstream success: 2001–2007

In 2001, Nickelback released the Silver Side Up album, 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 reached #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" and the album went on to sell five million copies worldwide.[citation needed] 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" and "Rockstar". Three of these became U.S. Hot 100 top 10 singles. All the Right Reasons had sold 7,225,557 copies in the US to September 19, 2009. In total, All the Right Reasons has sold about 11 million copies worldwide since its 2005 release. Aside from all the success of All the Right Reasons, lead singer Kroeger began his own label named 604 Records in 2005 and holds the position of executive producer.

Latest releases: 2008–present

On September 4, 2008, Roadrunner Records announced that the first single from the upcoming album was going to be "If Today Was Your Last Day", to be released on September 30, 2008. However, the song was replace by "Gotta Be Somebody".[11] The new album, titled Dark Horse, was released on November 18, 2008. The album was produced by Mutt Lange.[12] "Something in Your Mouth" was released as the second single to rock radio only on December 15, where it reached #1. "If Today Was Your Last Day" was released as the third single. Four more singles have been released, "I'd Come for You", "Burn It to the Ground" (which would become the theme for WWE RAW) and "Never Gonna Be Alone" released in September and "Shakin' Hands" as the seventh single on November 16.[13]

Olympic closing ceremony

On February 28, 2010, Nickelback gave a performance at the beginning of the concert portion of the 2010 Winter Olympics closing ceremony, performing "How You Remind Me" and "Burn It to the Ground". [14]


Nickelback is one of the most criticized bands in popular music.[15] At various points in their career, Nickelback has received widespread negative reviews from various sources. Review aggregator Metacritic reports that three of their six most recent studio albums since becoming a mainstream act, The Long Road, All the Right Reasons and Dark Horse, have scores of 62%, 41% and 49% respectively.[16][17][18]

They have, at times, been ridiculed for their lack of originality. In 2001, Rolling Stone criticised the band's musical style, saying, "If you're looking for originality, you might want a full refund instead of a Nickelback."[19] Rolling Stone also said their 2003 release, The Long Road, was "[b]razenly consistent, if unimaginative", while Allmusic also stated, "Nickelback can now afford a little more time in the studio and a little more time to indulge themselves, and they turn out the same record, only slicker, which only highlights just how oppressively and needlessly sullen this group is."[16] Harmonix, developer of the video game Rock Band, gave its Rock Band Network the internal codename "Rock Band: Nickelback", "on the theory that the name of the quintessentially generic modern rock group would be enough to deflect all curiosity" according to The New York Times.[20]

In 2005, Rolling Stone said "All the Right Reasons is so depressing, you're almost glad Kurt [Cobain]'s not around to hear it."[21] Tiny Mix Tapes also expressed concern over the release; "Like all Nickelback releases before it, All The Right Reasons was made for all the wrong ones and follows all the formulas and clichés you should be bored to death of by now."[22] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic reviewed Dark Horse, claiming that "Nickelback are a gnarled, vulgar band reveling in their ignorance of the very notion of taste, lacking either the smarts or savvy to wallow in bad taste so they just get ugly, knocking out knuckle-dragging riffs that seem rarefied in comparison to their thick, boneheaded words."[23]

In 2007, USA Today reported that "few bands inspire such intense hatred as Nickelback."[24] The article questioned whether Nickelback's commercial success made "critics wrong", and published several statements from various sources within the music industry. Nathan Brackett, a senior editor at Rolling Stone said, "There are some bands that, let's face it, are critic-proof." Both Brackett and Craig Marks, editor in chief of Blender, credit a lot of the band's success to young people who are introduced to them on the radio and "very casual music fans who don't buy a lot of CDs". Marks complimented Nickelback's popularity despite the critical response, saying "it is a tribute to their success."[24]

Despite a barrage of criticism, Nickelback has still managed to please some reviewers with each of their mainstream albums. Allmusic reviewer Liana Jones complimented Nickelback after their commercial breakthrough, Silver Side Up; "what gives the group an upper hand over its peers is intensity and raw passion... Nickelback ups the ante by offering realistic storytelling that listeners can relate to."[25] Following their 2008 album, Dark Horse, ChartAttack credited the band's success to knowing their target audience: "Chad Kroeger is a genius because he knows exactly what people want and precisely how far he can go. He turned out an extremely racy album that's loaded with songs about gettin' drunk and doin' it all without breaking any taboos, and with enough love and moral authority to grease its passage into the mainstream. Rejoice, North America. This is your world."[26] Billboard also praised the band: "The bulletproof Nickelback provides affordable fun that promises good returns in hard times."[27]

In 2009, The Word magazine readers voted Nickelback "Worst Band In The World", receiving 19.8% of the vote. [28]

In 2010, a Facebook group entitled "Can this pickle get more fans than Nickleback?" [sic] numbered slightly more than 1.5 million Facebook fans, succeeding in getting more fans on Facebook than the band's official group.[29][30][31][32][33][34][35]

Jam! Canoe columnist Darryl Sterdan named lead singer Chad Kroeger the second worst singer of all time, behind Scott Stapp of Creed saying: "Nickelback's frontman may not have invented that post-grunge moose-in-heat bellow he relies on, but nobody does it better than he does. And by better, I mean worse".[36]

Band members


Current members
Former members
  • Brandon Kroeger – drums (1995–1997)
  • Ryan Vikedal – drums (1997–2005)



See also


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  2. ^ "Nickelback: Live at Home (2002) - Overview - MSN Movies". Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Nickelback: Genre". Freebase. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
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  5. ^ Emma Jones. "Meet the 'goofiest guys' in rock". BBC. Retrieved 8 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "Chart Watch Extra: The Top 20 Album Sellers Of The 2000s - Chart Watch". 29 May 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Nickelback: Biography Rolling Stone
  8. ^ Sisario, Ben (8 July 2008). ""Nickelback Signs Up With Live Nation"". New York Times. Retrieved 8 July 2008. 
  9. ^ "CANOE - JAM! Music - Artists - Nickelback: First Nickelback CD soars in value". 2 October 2001. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "Gold & Platinum - February 14, 2010". RIAA. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  11. ^ Mainstream Top 40 Add Dates Retrieved September 25, 2008.
  12. ^ "Nickleback Announce New Album". 4 September 2008. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  13. ^ "Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Arbitron Ratings, Music News and more!". FMQB. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  14. ^ "Closing ceremony a rocking farewell to the Games". Vancouver Sun. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  15. ^ "Fans Vs. the Critics - Nickelback". Retrieved 16 January 2007. 
  16. ^ a b "The Long Road reviews at". Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  17. ^ "All The Right Reasons reviews at". Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  18. ^ "Dark Horse reviews at". 18 November 2008. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  19. ^ Matt Diehl. "Silver Side Up". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 
  20. ^ Radosh, Daniel (11 August 2009). "While My Guitar Gently Beeps". The New York Times: p. MM26. Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  21. ^ "All the Right Reasons". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 
  22. ^ "Tiny Mix Tapes Reviews: Nickelback Music Review". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 
  23. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review: Dark Horse". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 June 2009. 
  24. ^ a b Erin Carlson. "Sales can't buy love for some top bands". USA Today. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 
  25. ^ "Silver Side Up". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 
  26. ^ "Nickelback's Dark Horse For Dark Times". CHARTattack. 17 November 2008. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  27. ^ Up for DiscussionPost Comment (14 September 2009). "Dark Horse". Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  28. ^ "Nickelback Voted Worst Band In The World". CHARTattack. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  29. ^ Pickle 'more popular than Nickleback'
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Nickelback performing at the 2009 Juno Awards.

Nickelback is a band from Canada. They became a band in 1996 with the EP Hesher. They are signed to EMI in Canada and Roadrunner Records in the rest of the world.


In 1996, Nickelback, from Alberta, started selling their first EP, Hesher, which has seven songs. Later that year, they started selling a new album: Curb. It only played on radio stations in the space around in Hanna, Alberta.

In 2001, Nickelback started selling an album which made them very popular. It is called Silver Side Up. The most popular song from this album became "How You Remind Me."

Their newest album is Dark Horse, which came to stores in 2008.


  • The Curb (1996)
  • The State (2000)
  • Silver Side Up (2001)
  • The Long Road (2003)
  • All the Right Reasons (2005)
  • Dark Horse (2008)


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