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Nickelback Biography


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Birth Place: Hanna, Alberta, Canada
Years Active: 1995–present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Post-grunge, Hard Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal


Nickelback is a Canadian rock band from Hanna, Alberta, formed in 1995 by Chad Kroeger, Mike Kroeger, Ryan Peake and then-drummer Brandon Kroeger. While largely a rock band, the group has also experimented with various other musical styles such as pop and country, aside from their hard rock and post-grunge base.

Nickelback is one of the most commercially successful Canadian groups, having sold over 30 million records worldwide. Nickelback ranks as the 11th bestselling music act of the 2000s, and is the 2nd bestselling foreign act in the United States behind The Beatles for the 2000s.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.

Nickelback's first release was a seven-track EP called “Hesher” in 1996. In the same year, they also recorded their first full-length album “Curb.” The track “Fly” was included on both “Hesher” and “Curb” and was the first single produced by Nickelback. In 1997, Brandon Kroeger left the band and later that year Mitch Guindon joined the band, but he decided to leave in early 1998. In summer 1998, Ryan Vikedal joined the band.

Their second album, “The State,” was released in 2000 by Roadrunner Records and EMI Canada. It spawned four singles, “Old Enough,” “Worthy To Say,” “Leader of Men” and “Breathe,” the last two being Top 10 hits. The album was certified platinum in 2008, after the success of their later albums. The album entered the Billboard 200 Albums chart at #130 and peaked at #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart and at #6 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart.

In 2001, Nickelback released their third album, “Silver Side Up,” 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 Billboard Mainstream and Modern Rock charts, as well as the Pop chart. “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 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 chart. “Figured You Out” was also released as a single and topped the Mainstream Rock chart for 13 consecutive weeks.

Nickelback's fifth studio album, “All the Right Reasons,” produced five Billboard Hot 100 Top 20 singles, “Photograph,” “Savin' Me,” “Far Away,” “If Everyone Cared” and “Rockstar.” Three of these became Hot 100 Top 10 singles. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified 8x platinum.

“Dark Horse,” was released in 2008 and was produced by Mutt Lange. It peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 and went on to be certified 3x platinum. It produced eight singles, one of which peaked in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and two peaked in the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. +

The band then released their 2011 album, “Here and Now,” which again reached #2 on the Billboard 200. Two singles, “When We Stand Together” and “Bottoms Up” were issued from the album.