Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger Admits That They Didn’t Earn Any Money From ‘How You Remind Me’


During his interview with Sticks and Stones podcast, Nickelback lead vocalist, Chad Kroeger recalled the times when they signed the record deal for their own label, 604 Records. Kroeger highlighted that the band didn’t make much money from their most popular hit at the time.

Kroeger and his attorney, Jonathan Simkin who is also the host of the Sticks and Stones podcast, remembered the very first years of their career and signing a record deal with their own label. Apparently, after signing the deal, they were so happy about the possibility of becoming rich and they hugged each other. However, things didn’t work out the way they imagined.

As you may remember, Nickelback’s hit song ‘How You Remind Me’ was released on July 17, 2001. The song was the lead single of the band’s third studio album, ‘Silver Side Up’ which was released on September 11, 2001. Both the album and the song, ‘How You Remind Me,’ became very popular and the song reached number four on Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.

In the podcast, Chad Kroeger clearly indicated that a band couldn’t get millions of dollars immediately by only releasing one successful hit. Therefore, he stated that the band didn’t gain any commercial success from the sales of ‘How You Remind Me.’ He also added that they had to pay everything such as tour expenses and employee fees but no one gave them a check to buy everything that they wanted.

Here’s what Chad Kroeger told:

“At the time, for us, I don’t think we’d made a ton of money. I don’t think that I’d seen a dollar from proceeds of ‘How You Remind Me’ or the record sales of ‘Silver Side Up.’ And any touring we were doing, we were probably just breaking even because you gotta pay for the bus, you gotta pay for the employees. At no point in time had we seen a check that was like, ‘Huh! What do you wanna buy?’ I just remember thinking, ‘I’m moving.'”

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