A Canadian rock band formed by six artists, Nickelback is a very well known group playing music which can be classified as Post-grunge style. One of the founder members used to work for Starbucks, the renowned coffeehouse chain, where he used to say frequently to the customers while giving back the change – ‘here is your nickel back’, and the name of the band is derived from that pleasant experience.
In Canada, the band is marketed by EMI, but has signed up with Roadrunner records for business in the rest of the world. The business involves recordings, tours, related rights and trivia. The first album release of Nickelback was as far back in 1996. Thereafter the band has brought out musical albums with regularity. It is said that Nickelback is the next best thing to come out of Canada after the revered maple syrup.
The first album produced by Nickelback was Hesher in 1996. It consisted of seven tracks. Even though the band started as a country group, it has grown up and is known throughout the world for its unique style and sound. The fan base of the band is also growing day by day. The band is giving concerts in more countries than before.
Immediately after the release of Hesher, Nickelback recorded another album, Curb. It was the first full length album ever produced by the band. Then came a single, Fly, which was played on local radio stations only. Nickelback songs are unique in nature and this has helped the band to carve out a niche for itself in the world of music.
The Nickelback album called The State was released in 1998. It did not meet the expected success initially and the band tied up with EMI and Roadrunner Records for a record sum to market its songs. The State, which was re-released by EMI and Roadrunner in 2000, fetched the band a Gold certificate in both United States and Canada.
The album Silver Side Up, released in 2001, put wings into the dreams of Nickelback. The band got acceptance in the mainstream music industry field with this. A single song, ‘How You Remind Me’ led the charts in US. The Long Road, recorded in 2003 also garnered attention and praise.
However, it was the fifth album, All the Right Reasons, which propelled Nickelback to such heights that we see today. Five songs from the album found themselves in the list of top 20 songs in the US. It should be noted here that three of these songs were charted in the top ten too. The latest album, Dark Horse, released in November 2008, has already climbed several ladders. Some of the tracks have already entered the top 100 and sales are also great.