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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 ChadKroeger, theband initially emerged in the late '90s as Canada's answer to Creed, prizing a blend of gruffvocalsand distorted (yet radio- friendly) guitars. After ahandful of singles failed to gain much traction in Canada, "How YouRemindMe" caught hold in 2001, eventuallytopping the charts in several countrieswhile gathering four Grammy nominationsand fourJuno Awards. Creed imploded several years later,but Nickelback's popularity only grew as thedecade progr ...read more

Few bands did more than Nickelback to establish the force of slick, commercially minded post-grunge in the 2000s. Ledbyvocalist ChadKroeger, theband initially emerged in the late '90s as Canada's answer to Creed, prizing a blend of gruffvocalsand distorted (yet radio- friendly) guitars. After ahandful of singles failed to gain much traction in Canada, "How YouRemindMe" caught hold in 2001, eventuallytopping the charts in several countrieswhile gathering four Grammy nominationsand fourJuno Awards. Creed imploded several years later,but Nickelback's popularity only grew as thedecade 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.Aftergrowing tired of playing other people's songs, he borrowed money from his stepfatherandrelocated to Vancouver, where he recorded hisfirst batch oforiginal material. Mike Kroeger, Chad's bass-playingsibling,decided to join his brother's band, as did fellow Vancouvertransplants Ryan Peake (aguitarist who had befriendedtheKroeger in middle school) and Ryan Vikedal (a drummer from Peake's hometown ofBrooks, Alberta). Nickelbackofficiallytookshape in 1996 and quickly set to work, releasing two albums -- the Hesher EP and full- length albumCurb -- before theyearwas up. By1998, the bandmates were managing themselves; Chad courted radio stations, brother Mikehandleddistribution,Vikedal booked shows, and Peakemaintained the band's website. January 2000 saw the arrival of The State, Nickelback's second independent release. Issued at a time in whichCanadiancontent requirementswereincreased (and, accordingly, local radio stations had begun to desperately seek outhomegrownproduct), the album fared very well onindie charts.Nickelback toured ceaselessly in support of The State,loggingapproximately 200 shows while playing alongside other groups ofthe burgeoning post-grunge genre. Nickelback'scommercialappeal wasn't lost on the record industry, either, and The State's distribution rightswere quickly snapped upbyRoadrunnerRecords in the U.S. and EMI in Canada. As the band continued to tour, Kroeger kept writing new songs,many ofwhich werehoned in frontof live audiences. Much of that material found its way onto Silver Side Up, which was producedbyRickParashar (who came to prominence in the early'90s by helming Pearl Jam's Ten, Alice in Chains' Sap, and Blind Melon'sself- titleddebut) and recorded at Green House, the same Vancouver studioused during The State's creation. Thecombination ofNickelback's growingpopularity and Kroeger's focused songwriting propelled Silver Side Up ontoalbum chartsacross theworld, spearheaded by the hit single "HowYou Remind Me." Kroeger capitalized on that exposure byproducinganotherVancouver-based band, Default, and collaborating with Saliva'sJosey Scott for the Spiderman soundtrack. The LongRoadthen arrivedin 2003, featuring an increasingly polished sound and another high-charting single, "Someday." Whilesomelisteners criticized the apparent similaritiesbetween "Someday" and "How You Remind Me," The LongRoad had littletroublemaintaining Nickelback's wide audience, eventually selling over fivemillion copies worldwide. In February 2005, Nickelback announced the departure of Vikedal. He was soon replaced by 3 Doors Down's formerdrummer,Daniel Adair,andNickelback returned to Kroeger's studio in Vancouver to begin work on another album. ZZ Top'sBilly Gibbonsand Pantera's DimebagDarrell (whounfortunately died before the album's release) were guests on the chart-topping All theRight Reasons, which arrived in October2005. The albumproved to be Nickelback's most popular effort todate, remaining inthe Billboard Top 30 for over two years and selling overseven million copies in theU.S. alone. It alsospawned five Top 20singles, a feat that attracted the attention of veteran producer (anddemonstrated hit-maker) MuttLange.Nickelbacktraveled to Lange's home in Switzerland to share songwriting ideas; impressed with theresults, they alsoenlisted him to helmtheir nextalbum. Recorded in a converted Vancouver barn, Dark Horse marked the band's sixthstudioalbum upon its releasein November 2008. Nickelback'sseventh studio album arrived nearly three years after the multi-platinum- sellingDark Horse.The 11-track Here and Now, which was preceded by thesingles "Bottoms Up" and "When WeStand Together," hit the streetsonNovember 21, 2011. The following year Kroeger began working on fellow Canadian rockstar Avril Lavigne's eponymous fifth album. Shortlyaftertheir workingpartnershipbegan, they began dating and eventually married in early 2013. The band put together theirfirstcompilation, The Best ofNickelback, Vol.1, which wasdue for release later that year. « hide

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LPs
Feed the Machine
2017

2.7
170 Votes
No Fixed Address
2014

2
256 Votes
Here and Now
2011

1.7
645 Votes
Dark Horse
2008

1.7
1,328 Votes
All the Right Reasons
2005

2.2
1,554 Votes
The Long Road
2003

2.2
941 Votes
Silver Side Up
2001

2.3
1,248 Votes
The State
2000

2.2
502 Votes
Curb
1996

2
454 Votes
EPs
Hesher
1996

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

1.4
130 Votes
Three-Sided Coin
2002

1.6
23 Votes

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