Nickelback is a Canadian rock band from Hanna, Alberta, formed in 1995. Founded by members 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. Nickelback ranks as the 11th best selling music act of the 2000s, and places as the 2nd best selling foreign act in the US behind The Beatles for the 2000s.
The band is now 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”.
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 cycle. The contract includes recordings, touring, merchandise and other rights.
Early years: 1995–2000
Nickelback’s first release was a seven-track EP called Hesher in 1996. In the same year, Nickelback recorded their first full-length album Curb. “Fly” was released on Hesher and Curb and was the first single produced by Nickelback. It did not chart and was only played on local radio stations.
The following album The State was recorded in 1998 and was released as an independent record the same year. Nickelback signed a record deal with EMI and Roadrunner Records. The State was then re-released in 2000 by EMI and Roadrunner Records. 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.
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 hit #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. 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”, “Rockstar”. Three of these became U.S. Hot 100 top 10 singles. All the Right Reasons has sold 7,163,130 copies in the US as of June 13, 2009. In total, All the Right Reasons has sold abut 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 their upcoming album was originally going to be “If Today Was Your Last Day” and was to be released September 30, 2008. However, the song was scrapped as the first single, and “Gotta Be Somebody” was the lead single instead. The new album, titled Dark Horse, was released on November 18, 2008. The album was produced by Mutt Lange. 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 second major single instead. Two more singles have been released,”I’d Come for You” and “Burn It to the Ground”.