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The State
Nickelback - The State - CD cover.jpg
Studio album by Nickelback
Released September 1, 1998
September 1999 (first re-release)
March 7, 2000 (second re-release)
Recorded January–February 1998; Burnaby, British Columbia
Genre Post-grunge[1]
Length 38:50
Label self-released
EMI Music Canada (first and second reissues)
Roadrunner (third reissue)
Producer Dale Penner
Nickelback chronology
The State
Silver Side Up
Singles from The State
  1. "Leader of Men"
    Released: March 4, 2000
  2. "Old Enough"
    Released: October 2000
  3. "Breathe"
    Released: November 20, 2000
  4. "Worthy to Say"
    Released: December 2000
Alternate Cover
Original 1999 Cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

The State is the second studio album by Canadian rock band Nickelback. "Leader of Men" was the lead single from this album followed by "Old Enough", "Breathe" and "Worthy to Say". The album held a peak position of #130 on the Billboard 200. The album also held a peak position on Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums charts position #3 in 2000. The album was the band's first album to be certified Gold in both Canada and in the United States, it later went Platinum in Canada in April 2002 and then went Platinum in 2008 in the United States.


The State was recorded in 1998.[citation needed] In September 1998, The State was released independently with a blue album cover. In September of the next year, it was reissued on EMI Canada, with a re-formatted version of the original cover (the words "Nickelback" and "The State" were originally in yellow, in the same size near the right edge of the cover, on the EMI reissue, the word "Nickelback" was made into a bigger font and "The State" rendered in white, at the top of the cover). In 2000, it was reissued again on EMI Canada, this time with different artwork featuring a young boy in a jail cell. This was also the artwork used on the American, European and Australian releases on Roadrunner Records. In 2000 The State reached the Billboard 200 peaking 130. To support The State, Nickelback toured with 3 Doors Down, Creed, Sevendust, and Stone Temple Pilots.[citation needed] In early of 2001 the band played its final dates with Everclear.[citation needed] In March 2001 Nickelback won its first Juno Award for Best New Group.[citation needed]

The album had four singles, "Leader of Men", "Breathe", "Old Enough" and "Worthy to Say".[2] "Leader of Men" and "Breathe", charted on the top 10 of the Mainstream Rock Tracks.[3]

Track listing

All lyrics written by Chad Kroeger; all music composed by Nickelback.

No. Title Length
1. "Breathe" 3:58
2. "Cowboy Hat" 3:54
3. "Leader of Men" 3:29
4. "Old Enough" 2:45
5. "Worthy to Say" 4:05
6. "Diggin' This" 3:01
7. "Deep" 2:47
8. "One Last Run" 3:28
9. "Not Leavin' Yet" 3:44
10. "Hold Out Your Hand" 4:08
11. "Leader of Men (Acoustic)" 3:23
Total length: 38:50


Single information
"Leader of Men"
"Old Enough" "

Release history

Release Date
Original September 4, 1998 (1998-09-04)
Re-release March 7, 2000 (2000-03-07)


Chart (2000-2001) Peak
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[4] 57
UK Albums (OCC)[5] 128
US Billboard 200 130
US Top Independent Albums 6
US Top Heatseekers 3


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[6] Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[7] Platinum 1,000,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Silver 60,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b Griffith, JT. The State at AllMusic. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
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  4. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Phononet GmbH. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  5. ^ "Nickelback | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  6. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Nickleback – The State". Music Canada. 
  7. ^ "American album certifications – Nickleback – The State". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  8. ^ "British album certifications – Nickleback – The State". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter The State in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search