Nickelback Faces Lawsuit Over ‘Rockstar’ Copyright Infringement


Nickelback recently got sued by someone named Kirk Johnston due to copyright infringement for their iconic song ‘Rockstar.’

‘Rockstar’ is a single from Nickelback’s fifth studio album released back in 2005, ‘All The Right Reason,’ and one of the band’s most popular songs. It peaked at No. 2 in the United Kingdom charts and No. 4 in US Mainstream Rock charts. In addition to that, the song has also sold over 4.5 million copies in the United States.

Kirk Johnston claimed that he wrote a song named ‘Rockstar’ back in 2001 while playing for Snowblind Revival. According to the lawsuit, ‘the tempo, song form, melodic structure, harmonic structures, and lyrical themes’ are all copied from his song, which was released four years before Nickelback’s hit in 2005.

However, Nickelback rejected all the claims and stated that the songs do not sound similar when listened to by any common listener. Nevertheless, there are no certainties whether Johnston will come up with evidence to support his claims, as the lawsuit states.

You can listen to the songs below.