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First formed in Canada in 1996, Nickelback are one of the best-selling rock bands of the 21st century. Gaining international recognition with the single How You Remind Me in 2001, Nickelback have amassed total worldwide record sales in excess of 30 million. In addition to being the frontman for the band, lead vocalist and guitarist Chad Kroeger has also enjoyed solo success. In 2002, his song Hero, which featured on the soundtrack of the film Spiderman, was a global hit. An in-demand songwriter and producer, Kroeger has penned songs for the likes of Santana and even founded his own record label, 604 Records, in 2002.
After touring endlessly during the late nineties to promote their first two albums, released independently in their native Canada, Nickelback finally secured a record deal at the end of the decade. The resulting album, Silver Side Up, was a huge success and reached the top of the album charts in the UK, Ireland and Canada. The lead single from the album, How You Remind Me, achieved platinum status in the UK and hit the No. 1 spot in Ireland. More top 10 hits were soon to follow in the form of Too Bad and Someday.
2005 saw the release of the album All the Right Reasons. Featuring a guest appearance by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, All the Right Reasons proved to be a monster hit for Nickelback, with sales quickly topping the seven million mark in the United States alone. Although the album featured a number of hit singles, undoubtedly the most successful was Rockstar. Reaching number two in both the UK and Irish singles charts, Rockstar was accompanied by an iconic video and also featured the voice of Billy Gibbons. The song was voted Record of the Year by the UK public in 2008.
Nickelback have toured extensively over the years to promote each of their albums. In addition to headlining their own shows, they have also supported the likes of
Bon Jovi. In 2012, Nickelback toured the globe in support of the album Here and Now. That year also proved significant in another way for frontman Chad Kroeger, when he began dating fellow Canadian Avril Lavigne after collaborating on her new album. The couple married in July 2013.