Crowned Rock Group of the Decade by Billboard, Nickelback has been a force to be reckoned with since bursting onto the worldwide charts with their 2001 debut smash "How You Remind Me" - certified by Billboard as "Top Rock Song of the Decade" and "Most Played Song of the Decade" by Neilsen SoundScan - from their eight-times platinum album Silver Side Up. Thirteen years, and 23 chart-topping singles later -- including such indelible classics like "Photograph", "Savin' Me", "Far Away", "Someday" and "Rockstar" -- only Nickelback has remained rock-steady during the most turbulent periods in the recording industry. And true to form, the Vancouver-based quartet has beaten the odds with their hotly-anticipated and distinctive eighth studio album No Fixed Address, a title which offers a clue to the band's enduring longevity, relevance and allure for millions of fans around the world.
The origins of Nickelback can be traced to brothers Chad, Mike, and Brandon Kroeger. In 1995, the trio formed a band in Vancouver, taking their name from Chad's task of giving change while working at Starbucks. The Kroeger's faithful friend and bandmate since junior high school Ryan Peake, who recalls their band's early days of defying musical trends to carve out their own niche in that once-predominant era of grunge rock that quickly faded into disposable synthetic pop by the early 2000s. These humble small-town boys from Hanna, Alberta who spent their early years driving themselves town-to-town across rural Canada in a busted old van playing tiny clubs for what seemed the princely sum of $300 per week and some free beer.
The next year, Nickelback released their first major label album, The State, which produced three successful singles that took the record to #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. The group reached the next plateau of success with their third album, Silver Side Up, in 2001, which took Nickelback from supporting act to headliner on tour dates. The three lead singles, "How You Remind Me," "Too Bad," and "Never Again," all shot to the top of the singles charts. The album went on to sell over ten million copies and was boosted by Chad Kroeger's recording of "Hero" as the theme for the Spider-Man movie.
Nickelback found their success on a roll with the release of The Long Road in 2003. The album debuted at the #6 spot on the Billboard 200 and eventually went double platinum. While their next album, All the Right Reasons, was received negatively by some critics, fans loved the album and it reached #1 on the Billboard 200. The album's five singles -- "Photograph," "Savin' Me," "Rockstar," "If Everyone Cared," and "Far Away" -- all made it to the top twenty spots on the Hot 100 singles. All the Right Reasons sold over 7 million copies and spent over a hundred weeks in the top ten of the Billboard charts. Nickelback's 2008 album, Dark Horse, achieved the similar success that the band had experienced throughout their career. While the lyrical content of the album featured racier, more adult-themed tracks, fans loved it.
Undeniably, the band has hit another home run with No Fixed Address, which strikes all the right power chords as they once again prove their uncanny knack for shaking rock & roll to its very core while surfing the Zeitgeist. Their electrifying and galvanizing first single "Edge of a Revolution" is the band's fiercely-charged protest anthem that jolts awake a bygone era of rock music as the once preeminent voice of dissent and protest. With such ripped-from-the headline lyrics as "Hey! Hey! Just Obey! Your secret's safe with the NSA" and "In God we trust or the CIA?", "Edge of a Revolution" boldly serves as a battle cry against the steadily pervasive political, social and financial subjugation worldwide. "Wall Street / Common thief / When they get caught / They all go free / A brand new yacht and a finders fee" growls Chad Kroeger as he soars into leading a fist-pumping chorus of chants: "What do we want? We want change! And how we going to get there? REVOLUTION!" Complete with LA director Wayne Isham's Orwellian counter-culture video, Nickelback's incendiary chart-topper is yet further testament that rock & roll is definitely not dead.
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