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Nickelback

Few bands did more than Nickelback to establish the force of slick, commercially minded post-grunge in the 2000s. Ledbyvocalist Chad Kroeger, the band initially emerged in the late '90s as Canada's answer to Creed, prizing a blend of gruffvocalsand distorted (yet radio. friendly) guitars. After a handful of singles failed to gain much traction in Canada, "How YouRemindMe" caught hold in 2001, eventually topping the charts in several countries while gathering four Grammy nominationsand fourJuno Awards. Creed imploded several years later, but Nickelback's popularity only grew as the decade p ...read more

Few bands did more than Nickelback to establish the force of slick, commercially minded post-grunge in the 2000s. Ledbyvocalist Chad Kroeger, the band initially emerged in the late '90s as Canada's answer to Creed, prizing a blend of gruffvocalsand distorted (yet radio. friendly) guitars. After a handful of singles failed to gain much traction in Canada, "How YouRemindMe" caught hold in 2001, eventually topping the charts in several countries while gathering four Grammy nominationsand fourJuno Awards. Creed imploded several years later, but Nickelback's popularity only grew as the decade progressed,effectivelyeclipsing 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 215kilometersnortheast of Calgary. After growing tired of playing other people's songs, he borrowed money from his stepfatherandrelocated to Vancouver, where he recorded his first batch of original material. Mike Kroeger, Chad's bass-playingsibling,decided to join his brother's band, as did fellow Vancouver transplants Ryan Peake (a guitarist who had befriendedtheKroeger in middle school) and Ryan Vikedal (a drummer from Peake's hometown of Brooks, Alberta). Nickelback officiallytookshape in 1996 and quickly set to work, releasing two albums -- the Hesher EP and full-length album Curb -- before theyearwas up. By 1998, the bandmates were managing themselves; Chad courted radio stations, brother Mike handleddistribution,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 whichCanadiancontent requirements were increased (and, accordingly, local radio stations had begun to desperately seek outhomegrownproduct), the album fared very well on indie charts. Nickelback toured ceaselessly in support of The State,loggingapproximately 200 shows while playing alongside other groups of the burgeoning post-grunge genre. Nickelback'scommercialappeal wasn't lost on the record industry, either, and The State's distribution rights were quickly snapped up byRoadrunnerRecords in the U.S. and EMI in Canada. As the band continued to tour, Kroeger kept writing new songs, many ofwhich werehoned in front of live audiences. Much of that material found its way onto Silver Side Up, which was produced byRickParashar (who came to prominence in the early '90s by helming Pearl Jam's Ten, Alice in Chains' Sap, and Blind Melon'sself-titled debut) and recorded at Green House, the same Vancouver studio used during The State's creation. Thecombination ofNickelback's growing popularity and Kroeger's focused songwriting propelled Silver Side Up onto album chartsacross theworld, spearheaded by the hit single "How You Remind Me." Kroeger capitalized on that exposure by producinganotherVancouver-based band, Default, and collaborating with Saliva's Josey Scott for the Spiderman soundtrack. The LongRoadthen arrived in 2003, featuring an increasingly polished sound and another high. charting single, "Someday." Whilesomelisteners criticized the apparent similarities between "Someday" and "How You Remind Me," The Long Road had littletroublemaintaining 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 formerdrummer,Daniel Adair, and Nickelback returned to Kroeger's studio in Vancouver to begin work on another album. ZZ Top'sBilly Gibbonsand Pantera's Dimebag Darrell (who unfortunately died before the album's release) were guests on the chart-topping All theRight Reasons, which arrived in October 2005. The album proved to be Nickelback's most popular effort todate, remaining inthe Billboard Top 30 for over two years and selling over seven million copies in the U.S. alone. It alsospawned five Top 20singles, a feat that attracted the attention of veteran producer (and demonstrated hit-maker) MuttLange. Nickelbacktraveled to Lange's home in Switzerland to share songwriting ideas; impressed with the results, they alsoenlisted him to helmtheir next album. Recorded in a converted Vancouver barn, Dark Horse marked the band's sixth studioalbum upon its releasein 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 WeStand Together," hit the streetson November 21, 2011.

The following year Kroeger began working on fellow Canadian rockstar Avril Lavigne's eponymous fifth album. Shortlyaftertheir working partnership began, they began dating and eventually married in early 2013. The band put together theirfirstcompilation, The Best of Nickelback, Vol.1, which was due for release later that year. « hide

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LPs
No Fixed Address
2014

2.1
142 Votes
Here and Now
2011

1.7
549 Votes
Dark Horse
2008

1.7
1,172 Votes
All the Right Reasons
2005

2.2
1,406 Votes
The Long Road
2003

2.1
855 Votes
Silver Side Up
2001

2.3
1,113 Votes
The State
2000

2.2
444 Votes
Curb
1996

1.9
394 Votes
EPs
Hesher
1996

1.7
101 Votes
Compilations
The Best of Nickelback Volume 1
11/04/2013

1.4
122 Votes
Three-Sided Coin
2002

1.6
27 Votes

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