Nickelback: As Popular Now As Limp Bizkit Was In 2000

nickelback.jpgDespite critical disdain and claims of self-plagiarizing hovering over their heads, Nickelback’s All The Right Reasons crossed the six-million-copies sold mark last week, the 15th album of the 21st century to do so and the first since Usher’s Confessions, which came out in April 2004. (Reasons was released all the way back in October 2005.)

USA Today takes a look at the Canadian outfit’s sales achievement, noting via pretty graph that six albums released back in 2000 also reached the six-million mark: those albums were by Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Nelly, Britney Spears, Eminem, and ‘N Sync. (Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP and ‘N Sync’s No Strings Attached both sold more than 10 million copies, earning the “diamond” certification.) 2002 had four six-million sellers, with Nelly and Eminem reaching that mark again; they were joined by Avril Lavigne and Norah Jones.

USA Today scribe Ken Barnes attributes Nickelback’s staying power to touring, talent, and radio appeal; I’d add that there’s still a market for their straightforward, straight-outta-’96 sound, despite all the A&R freaking out over blog-beloved bands, smudged-eyeliner groups, and outfits that still want to fly the tattered flag of nu-metal. Not that I really want to be subjected to a bunch of retreads of ten-times-Xeroxed Pearl Jam every time I leave the house, but the barreling popularity of Nickelback (not to mention Daughtry) actually has made me consistently surprised by the majors’ resistance toward being more conservative. Sure, Nickelback will never be “cool,” but it’s not like red-cap-era Fred Durst doesn’t look like a complete moron in hindsight.

Nickelback’s ‘Reasons’ joins rare 6M sales club [USA Today]

  • Chris N.

    “How You Remind Me”=sucks
    “How You Remind Me”+”Someday=awesome

    Math is funny.

  • On the Spot

    Why are there dollar signs on the sales figures on the USAToday chart? Isn’t it measuring album sales?

    I’d ask them, but I don’t feel like registering to comment on frigging USAToday.

  • chaircrusher

    @Chris N.: Haha I was going to say the same thing.

    OTOH I always thought this was a bit unfair, because what the two songs share is their chord progression. It’s kind of like complaining about two Muddy Waters songs having the same chords. Doesn’t mean Nickelback isn’t toxic pop pablum, I’m just saying.

    Reminds me of GoodiePal playing “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion mashed up with a Sigur Ros song — and that was years before the big mashup craze.

  • Rob Murphy

    Maura, shame on you for not tsk-tsking the piece’s lame-even-for-USA Today obvious pun that is so lame it’s practically a “Chad Kroeger”:

    Nickelback’s success might be a throwback to the past, and the way the band has accomplished its feat – gradually but steadily, with more than 100 consecutive weeks in the top 30 of Billboard’s album chart – seems pretty old-fashioned as well. Singer Chad Kroeger and company don’t dominate the tabloids, occupy a lot of magazine covers or give away their albums online. Instead, all the right reasons for the album’s success include:

    . . .

  • matthew

    “…Fred Durst doesn’t look like a complete moron in hindsight.”

    In hindsight? I’m pretty sure everyone thought he was a complete moron from the very beginning…

  • antistar

    Their target demo are people who still buy CDs. Combine that with the relentless airplay they get from Clear Channel and Infinity, and you can’t lose. BTW, they are still horrible.