Rockstar (Nickelback song)
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|Single by Nickelback|
|from the album All the Right Reasons|
|Released||August 22, 2006
(See release history)
|Format||CD single, airplay, digital download|
|Recorded||2005 in Abbotsford, BC, Canada|
|Genre||Alternative rock, country rock, hard rock, post-grunge|
|Writer(s)||Chad Kroeger, Ryan Peake, Mike Kroeger, Daniel Adair|
"Rockstar" is the fifth U.S. single (although later re-released) by the Canadian rock band Nickelback from their 2005 fifth studio album All the Right Reasons. It was only released in the U.S. and Canada, and has since been re-released worldwide. Spoken-word vocals between each verse are provided by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.
Release and re-release 
During the song's original release "Far Away" was more successful on the U.S. Hot 100 and U.S. Pop charts, while "Rockstar" instead found moderate success on the rock charts. It peaked at #4 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and #37 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. It entered the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #54, during its original run. Because the song was released so close together with "Far Away" the band opted to shoot a video for "Far Away" and a video for "Rockstar" was not originally made.
The song was re-shipped to radio for ads on 5 June 2007, and a video was made to accompany the re-release. Since its re-release, the song has experienced great mainstream success, and has become active on most charts again, reaching new peaks on numerous charts like The Hot 100, the Adult Top 40, and Pop 100. It has also registered on charts it didn't the first time, such as the Pop 100 Airplay. "Rockstar" is now the band's best selling digital single to date in the U.S., currently with U.S. digital sales of over 3 million. On 12 September 2007, "Rockstar" reached a new peak of #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking higher than "Far Away" did, becoming Nickelback's third Top 10 hit from All the Right Reasons, and their fifth career Hot 100 Top Ten overall.
"Rockstar" was a success in the United Kingdom, and the most successful single overall of Nickelback's career there, peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart and number one on the UK Official Download Chart. The song was released in physical form in the country after becoming popular online and climbing into the top 50 on downloads alone. Over two years after the release of All the Right Reasons, it became the band's biggest hit in the country, selling 587,000 copies (to date) and outperforming their breakout hit, "How You Remind Me", which charted at number four in 2002. The release of "Rockstar" also helped All the Right Reasons achieve a top 10 position in the UK Albums Chart for the first time, becoming their third top 10 album there. It also pushed sales of the album there from under 200,000 to over half a million. It became Britain's fifth biggest selling single of 2008. In August 2008, the song re-entered the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart at number twenty seven, and stayed there for an extra four weeks, taking its total of weeks in the top 40 up to 35. Many fans believe that the re-entry was a result of the song being featured on a DFS Sofa's advert. The song remained on the chart for 50 consecutive weeks (the twenty fourth longest runner of all time), before falling off in October 2008, making it one of the most successful songs on the chart in years in terms of longevity. The song received the Record of the Year award of 2008 in the United Kingdom.
Track listing 
- "Rockstar" (Album Version) - 4:15
- "Rockstar" (Clean Version) - 4:15
- "Never Again" (Live in Atlanta) - 4:16
- "Photograph" (Live in Atlanta) - 4:38
- "Rockstar" (Video)
Pop culture references 
The lyrics can be taken as generalization of the stereotypical rockstar lifestyle celebrating material success at the expense of artistic integrity. The material desires of the rockstar are listed, but the practice needed to become proficient at rock music is never mentioned. For example:
|“||I want a brand new house
on an episode of Cribs
And a bathroom I can play baseball in
The song has been compared to earlier satirical odes to the rockstar lifestyle, including Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" (1985), Joe Walsh's "Life's Been Good" (1978), Dr. Hook's "Cover of the Rolling Stone" (1973), The Jam's "To Be Someone" from their album All Mod Cons (1978), and The Byrds' "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star" (1967).
The song makes several references to American popular culture: MTV Cribs (Chad Kroeger, the band's frontman, appeared on an episode of the show), the Playboy Mansion and Playmates, and a spot between James Dean and Cher on Hollywood's Walk of Fame (Nickelback is already on Canada's Walk of Fame).
Music video 
|This section relies on references to primary sources. (November 2008)|
When the song was first released in August 2006, a music video was not made for the single. Dori Oskowitz, who directed the band's "If Everyone Cared" video, returned to direct the music video for the song's re-release.
The video features celebrities and non-celebrities lip synching to the lyrics. The non-celebrities are often filmed in front of iconic landmarks, such as Times Square in New York and Millennium Park in Chicago. Celebrities include Billy Gibbons (who voices his lines in the song), Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Eliza Dushku, Gene Simmons, Wayne Gretzky, Big & Rich's John Rich, the cast of The Girls Next Door, Kid Rock, Lupe Fiasco, Twista, Nelly Furtado, the crew from American Chopper, Paul Wall, Ted Nugent, Grant Hill, Taryn Manning, Tom Petkos, Lindsey Shaw, and numerous others. Sometimes the lyric they are lip synching relates to themselves. At the end of the video Nickelback is shown playing live on stage; this shot was filmed 13 July 2007 at the Comcast Center for the Performing Arts in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
Release history 
|United States||August 22, 2006||Original|
|June 6, 2007||Re-release|
|United Kingdom||November 12, 2007|
|Australian ARIA Physical Singles Chart||60|
|Austrian Singles Chart||5|
|Bulgarian Singles Chart||36|
|Canadian Hot 100||39|
|Slovak Airplay Chart||28|
|Czech Airplay Chart||17|
|Denmark Singles Chart||32|
|Belgian Singles Chart||23|
|Danish Singles Chart||32|
|Dutch Top 40||14|
|European Hot 100 Singles||7|
|German Singles Chart||23|
|Irish Singles Chart||2|
|Swedish Singles Chart||10|
|Swiss Singles Chart||14|
|UK Singles Chart||2|
|UK Rock Chart||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||6|
|U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||4|
|U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs||37|
|U.S. Billboard Pop Songs||6|
|U.S. Billboard Adult Pop Songs||6|
|UK Top 100 Songs of the Decade||54|
Year-end charts 
|German Singles Chart ||77|
- "Rockstar" has sold over 4,000,000 downloads in the U.S. as of June 2012, making it the band's best selling hit in the U.S.
- "Rockstar" has sold over 3,000,000 downloads in the U.S. as of May 2009 and it is the best selling rock single of the 21st century before How You Remind Me.
- In the United Kingdom, "Rockstar" debuted on the UK Singles Chart on October 21, 2007 ― week ending date October 27, 2007 ― and lasted almost nine months on the chart. On August 10, 2008 ― week ending date August 16, 2008 ― the song re-entered the chart.
- It re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number forty-seven on week ending date July 7, 2007.
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