Nickelback Joins Republic Records, New Single Out Tuesday: Exclusive
The rock group's follow-up to 2011's 'Here and Now' is due out this fall.
Nickelback will start a fresh chapter this fall by releasing its first album on new label home Republic Records, Billboard can exclusively confirm. The as-yet-untitled album will be the long-running Canadian group's first since 2011's Here and Now, and the debut single, "Edge of a Revolution," will be released on Tuesday (Aug. 19).
Here and Now was released as Nickelback's final effort on Roadrunner Records in the U.S., and has sold 1.02 million copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Republic signing was a collaboration between Universal Music Canada CEO Randy Lennox, who has a long history in working with the Vancouver-based band, and Republic Records co-founder and CEO Monte Lipman, whom Lennox says "has always shown a keen interest in every detail" of Nickelback's operation ever since the band's breakout in 2001.
"I've been a fan of the band since their inception," Lipman tells Billboard. "Unfortunately, like many people, I had the opportunity to sign them and blanked, and missed one of the biggest opportunities of my career."
To right that wrong, Lipman and Lennox recently flew to a studio in Maui, along with Republic's Executive VP Charlie Walk and Executive VP of Marketing Jim Roppo, to hear Chad Kroeger and co.'s new music and, according to Lennox, "present a collective strategy to Nickelback." Lennox adds that the group was "blown away" by the new tunes, and that "Chad [Kroeger] and the band's writing is, I think, better than ever."
"For me, on behalf of Republic and this company, it's about how we can make a difference in their career," says Lipman. "And that's what I convinced these guys -- I said, 'You're a legacy act, and as far as I'm concerned, your trajectory is right into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and I want to be a part of that.'"
"Edge of a Revolution" will make its world premiere on Clear Channel on Monday (Aug. 18), and hit digital retailers the following day. Since the 2011 release of Nickelback's previous album, Kroeger helped produce and co-write his wife Avril Lavigne's self-titled album, released last fall.
Lennox confirms that Nickelback has "an extensive tour planned with Live Nation" to follow up their international Here & Now tour. As for the length of the partnership with Republic, Lipman won't disclose details of the deal, but says, "It's as long as they want it to be."