Did Math Make Nickelback Famous?

Fergie 2012/11/20 21:00:00
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In a recent interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger attributed his fame and success to math. He claimed, "There is a mathematical formula to why you got famous. It isn't some magical thing that just started happening. And it's going to move exponentially throughout your career as you grow, or can decline exponentially if you start to fail as an artist."

For Kroeger, part of his "mathematical formula" includes product placement, co-writing songs, licensing, merchandising and co-owning the record company that released Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." The result of this formula or strategy for the singer has been a whopping $9.7 million in earnings a year. However, Kroeger insists that he never writes songs with the sole intention of making money, he says that's "bad luck."

What do you think SodaHeads? Is Nickelback famous because the band followed a mathematical formula -- or do you think there's some other reason?

NME.COM reports:
Singer outlines secret to success in Bloomberg Businessweek
nme reports singer outlines secret success bloomberg businessweek

Read More: http://www.nme.com/news/nickelback/67291

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  • Ashley 2012/11/21 02:02:39
    Probably not
    Well.... it made them BANK, that's for sure.

    But... famous? No, I can't say I know Nickelback for their math.... I know them for their ROCK!!! :D

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  • ready46xwu 2012/11/28 13:17:19
    Probably not
    *******AH ~HE'S NO GENIOUS~ LOL
  • Lee 2012/11/28 04:18:55
    Probably not
    Whatever they were doing made them an ass ton of cash.
  • Ted 2012/11/26 16:34:15
    Probably not
    Whatever crazy reason he wants to use to describe how he got famous is fine. But you can't get famous without a tremendous amount of work and talent. No one goes to Nickelback concerts to hear them describe solutions to math problems. =)

    A lot of musically-talented people are also good at math. But I'd describe his math formula more as "business savvy".
  • Lisa 2012/11/26 12:08:24
    love them
  • Leslie Goudy 2012/11/25 23:42:14
    Probably not
    Leslie Goudy
    Nickleback sucks balls
  • Tori 2012/11/25 14:54:00
    It was evident from the get-go that Nickelback was all about commercial success. Their music is certainly formulaic so it's hardly shocking that their approach to fame and fortune is formulaic as well.
  • Dave 007 2012/11/25 13:07:01
    Probably not
    Dave 007
    So he could count his nickels, big deal.
  • Swordfish 2012/11/25 03:55:06
    Probably not
    Nah, just the fact that they can write a lot of boring music that all sounds the same which somehow millions of people buy.
  • MadMax 2012/11/25 00:37:19
    Probably not
    Nope, just idiots.
  • calvin236 2012/11/24 23:03:28
    Probably not
    , but in some cases it is the main reason a person is famous.
  • Snow 2012/11/24 21:54:31
    But... I really think its that awesome blond hair, black beard duo of his that really did it.
  • Daniel 2012/11/24 18:00:28
    Probably not
    Nickelback is famous coz Chad Kroeger is so talented...n it jst happened.
  • Shifting Piece 2012/11/24 06:47:28 (edited)
    Probably not
    Shifting Piece
    A general population with piss poor musical taste did.
  • Ben 2012/11/23 20:33:07
    The success of pop groups comes down to math and science. Nickelback isn't that great of a group, yet all of their singles have been major hits because of the times of year they were released in accordance to the subject matter and sound of the song. You can try this out to see exactly what I am talking about. Look up a nickelback song and when its release date was as a single. Then listen to it the opposite time of year. So, look up a summer release of theirs and try listening to it now. Doesn't sound right, does it? Kind of sounds "off" doesn't it? That is because of the science and math that goes in to being a sucessful record label. With that being said, that is only the math behind the release dates. Song structure is a whole other thing. A song doesn't have to be great to get in your head. Nickelback has figured out that way for radio stations to say "Well, its time for a Nickelback-type sonng. Might as well play the new Nickelback single." Most successful artists/labels have their own formula. Its worked for Eminem for over a decade now: Funny celebrity song, serious angry song, then make some publicity, start over.
  • Milady 2012/11/23 09:49:57
    Probably not
    Don't really care, as long as they keep making that sound!
  • David 2012/11/23 07:14:34
    It's his life. So he probably knows it better than most, if not, all of us.
  • El Prez 2012/11/23 06:17:51
    Probably not
    El Prez
    Talent and luck play a great part. I fail to see how applying a numer formula would help.
  • Joe Blow El Prez 2012/11/24 03:23:21
    Joe Blow
    "Talent and luck play a great part."

    Nowadays, the latter is more of an attributing factor than the former.
  • El Prez Joe Blow 2012/11/24 23:55:10
    El Prez
    I agree with you about some of our "stars". Maybe math formulas are the answer.
  • Joe Blow El Prez 2012/11/25 00:06:11
    Joe Blow
    True; maybe math formulas, combined with gimmicks and publicity stunts.
  • El Prez Joe Blow 2012/11/25 00:13:08
    El Prez
    Do you suppose we could "math forula" Bieber or Rhiana away?
  • Joe Blow El Prez 2012/11/25 00:58:24
    Joe Blow
    I doubt it. If there were a "math formula" for that, Bieber AND Rhiana would have been gone a long time ago, with Bieber being the first to vanish.
  • El Prez Joe Blow 2012/11/26 22:39:56
    El Prez
    Too bad! i was never really good at math anyway! Theywill disappear for other reasons, just like all those before have done.
  • DOriginalDonald 2012/11/23 02:15:21
    Probably not
    Women love Delta Bravos, unfortunately
  • Justin 2012/11/22 22:46:16
  • Cunning Stunts 2012/11/22 13:10:06
    Probably not
    Cunning Stunts
    Being incredibly lame and appealing to the lowest common denominator made them famous.
  • Zuul 2012/11/22 08:26:51
    Probably not
    Now if it said METH...
  • nicesteve 2012/11/22 06:01:20
    Probably not
    Hard work and perceverence made Chad Kroeger and Nickelback famous and successful.
  • Rude I3itch 2012/11/22 00:15:50
    Probably not
    Rude I3itch
    for some reason people like it when their ears bleed
  • Milady Rude I3... 2012/11/23 09:51:19
    LOL - I'm one of those people who turn it up to eleven!
  • Debra Smith 2012/11/21 22:41:39
  • Milady Debra S... 2012/11/23 09:51:46 (edited)
    I've heard that. Probably why I'm so lacking in musical ability myself!
  • MetallKaos 2012/11/21 22:37:52
    Probably not
    It sure as hell wasn't musical talent. Like most things that are popular these days, they are famous because people are stupid.
  • Darr247 2012/11/21 20:24:37
    The mathematics it's based on is from telling the clerk "I want my nickel back."
  • MsDianna 2012/11/21 19:49:07
    could be never can tell
  • Robert Strobel 2012/11/21 19:36:29
    Probably not
    Robert Strobel
    He probably meant Meth.
  • moonpsy... Robert ... 2012/11/23 03:02:43
  • disclaimer 2012/11/21 18:54:28
    Probably not
    If there's a mathematical formula, we'd have a lot more famous people than we do because people would figure it out.
  • Cody Puniak 2012/11/21 18:54:19
    Probably not
    Cody Puniak
    Lol.. You all are haters.. Nickelback is a great band if you enjoy rock music. :)
  • Motley 2012/11/21 18:47:02
    they sure dont have any talent, so there must be something somewhere

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