Rockstar by Nickelback Song Info
"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. 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so close together with "Far Away" the band opted to shoot a video for "Far Away" and a video for "Rockstar" was not originally made.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. The song climbed as high as #3 on iTunes top 100 selling songs as well as #1 on the chart of the most downloaded music video on iTunes. When iTunes released their Top Sellers of 2007, "Rockstar" was the 14th best selling digital song of 2007, and the "Rockstar" video was the #1 selling music video on iTunes for 2007. "Rockstar" is now the band's best selling digital single to date in the U.S., currently with U.S. digital sales of over 2 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, 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, where it peaked at #2 in the UK Singles Chart and #1 in 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 highest charting single in the country, beating the peak of their breakout hit, "How You Remind Me", which reached #4 in 2002 (though "How You Remind Me" remains slightly Nickelback's biggest selling single in the United Kingdom to date). 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. In the UK it was one of the biggest selling singles of 2008. The song remained on the UK Singles Chart for 50 consecutive weeks before falling off in October 2008, making it one of the most successful songs on the chart in years in terms of longevity. It fell out of the top 40 on 6 July 2008. On 10 August 2008, the song re-entered the UK Singles Chart at #27, and stayed in the chart for an extra four weeks, taking its current total of weeks inside the UK 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 received the Record of the Year award in the UK for 2008. The song was the 5th biggest-selling in the UK in 2008, despite not reaching number one. This song was #100 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007, despite the fact that the band has been consistently criticized by the publication. The lyrics can be taken as a satirical commentary on the lifestyle (or perceived lifestyle) of a rockstar, or as a glorification of 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 ... I want a new tour bus full of old guitars/ My own star on Hollywood Boulevard" The song echoes a similar sentiment expressed in earlier satirical odes to the rockstar lifestyle, including the Dire Straits song "Money for Nothing" which was a hit in 1985, as well as the 1978 Joe Walsh single, "Life's Been Good," Dr. Hook's "Cover of the Rolling Stone" in 1973, and The Byrds' 1967 "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star". 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). 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 would go on to become the top selling music video of 2007 on iTunes. 1. Boy at a baseball field: "I'm through with standing in line to clubs I'll never get in" 2. Lindsey Shaw in front of the Cloud Gate: "It's like the bottom of the ninth" 3. Man in front of the Flatiron Building: "and I'm never gonna win" 4. Cindy Taylor on a pool float: "This life hasn't turned out" 5. Old woman on the Millennium Bridge (London) in front of St Paul's Cathedral: "quite the way I want it to be" 6. Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top: "Tell me what you want" (voiceover) 7. Wayne Gretzky: "I want a brand new house" 8. Three women in Times Square: "on an episode of Cribs" 9. Kendra Wilkinson in front of the Playboy Mansion: "And a bathroom I can play baseball in" 10. New York City policeman: "And a king size tub" 11. Gene Simmons in front of his wall of gold and platinum records: "big enough for ten" 12. Paul Wall in front of a highway: "plus me" 13. Billy Gibbons again: "Yeah, so whatcha need" (voiceover) 14. Park ranger at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park: "I'll need a, a credit card" 15. Dominique Swain in a bubblebath: "that's got no limit" 16. Three men (one US MP, one East German border guard, and one civilian) at Checkpoint Charlie facing the American Sector: "And a big black jet" 17. Twista, Mayz from the Speedknot Mobstaz, and unknown man riding in a limo: "with a bedroom in it" 18. Man in Grand Central Terminal: "Gonna join the mile high club" 19. Holly Madison in the Playboy Mansion grotto: "at thirty-seven thousand feet" 20. Woman in Los Angeles: "Been there, done that" (Billy Gibbons voiceover) 21. Street musician in Union Square: "I want a new tour bus" 22. Same street musician with performers in Union Square: "full of old guitars" 23. Three girls on the bank of the Chicago River in front of Marina City: "My own star on Hollywood Boulevard" 24. Gene Simmons again: "Somewhere between Cher" 25. Paul Teutul, Sr. of Orange County Choppers: "and James Dean is fine for me" 26. Billy Gibbons again: "So how you gonna do it?" (voiceover) 27. John Rich on a pool table with a banjo: "I'm gonna trade this life" 28. Woman in Union Square: "for fortune and fame" 29. Chuck Liddell: "I'll even cut my hair" 30. Man in a Chinese restaurant: "and change my name" 31. Two Blazin' Saddles employees in front of a General Lee-inspired RV: "'Cause we all just wanna be" 32. Eight kids in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge: "big rockstars" 33. Wayne Gretzky again: "and live in hilltop houses" 34. Parking valet at Jones Hollywood in West Hollywood: "driving fifteen cars" 35. Brian Walton on Lambeth Palace Road in front of the Houses of Parliament: "The girls come easy and the drugs come cheap" 36. Jenna Westerbeck sunbathing: "We'll all stay skinny" 37. Kid Rock: "cause we just won't eat/And we'll" 38. Twista, Mayz, and unknown man again: "hang out in the coolest bars" 39. Jessie Coleman in Grand Central Terminal: "In the VIP" 40. Eliza Dushku: "with the movie stars" 41. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in front of a Union 76 gas station: "Every good gold digger's" 42. Taryn Manning: "Gonna wind up there" 43. Paul Wall again: "Every Playboy bunny" 44. Two women in the middle of Davie Street: "With her bleach blond hair" 45. Jerry Cantrell under Chicago's El tracks and in front of Double Door: "And we'll/Hey hey" 46. Liam Lynch in Union Square: "I wanna be a" 47. Nelly Furtado on tour bus: "rockstar" 48. Man in front of the same highway as Paul Wall above 49. Man in Union Square 50. Two women in Grand Central Terminal: "Hey" 51. Chuck Liddell again with Elliot Segal from DC101 in a headlock:"hey" 52. Boy in grocery store: "I wanna be a rockstar" 53. Paul Teutul, Jr., Paul Teutul, Sr., and Mikey from Orange County Choppers flexing muscles 54. Man in front of Marina City: "I wanna be great like Elvis" 55. Elvis impersonator: "without the tassels" 56. Federico Castelluccio from The Sopranos: "Hire eight body guards" 57. Chuck Liddell again: (expletive deleted) 58. Grant Hill signing basketball: "Sign a couple autographs/So I can" 59. Man in Union Square again: "eat my meals for free" 60. Billy Gibbons again: "I'll have the quesadilla" (voiceover) 61. Paul Wall again: "Ha ha" (Billy Gibbons voiceover) 62. Man and woman in the middle of Davie Street: "I'm gonna dress my ass" 63. Ted Nugent: "with the latest fashion" 64. Man and woman in front of the Cloud Gate: "Get a front door key" 65. Kendra Wilkinson, Holly Madison, and Bridget Marquardt from The Girls Next Door: "to the Playboy mansion" 66. Man in front of the Flatiron Building: "Gonna date a centerfold" 67. Two teenagers in Washington Square Park: "that loves to blow my money for me" 68. Billy Gibbons again: "So how you gonna do it?" (voiceover) 69. Paul Teutul, Jr., Paul Teutul, Sr., and Mikey from Orange County Choppers again: "I'm gonna trade this life" 70. Man and woman in front of the Reichstag building: "For fortune and fame" 71. Jordan Carlos overlooking Los Angeles: "I'd even cut my hair" 72. Man in front of the New York Stock Exchange: "And change my name" 73. Man at a pink bus-stop bench on Davie Street: "'Cause we all just wanna be" 74. Lupe Fiasco on a table: "big rockstars" 75. Woman in front of the Brandenburg Gate: "And live in hilltop houses" 76. Woman in front of the Chicago Theater: "driving fifteen cars" 77. Two women at the beach: "The girls come easy" 78. Taryn Manning again: "and the drugs come cheap" 79. Eliza Dushku again: "We'll all stay skinny" 80. Woman in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge: "'cause we just won't eat" 81. Three women dancing : "And we'll hang out in the coolest bars" 82. Gene Simmons again: "In the VIP" 83. Dominique Swain again: "with the movie stars" 84. Lupe Fiasco again: "Every good gold digger's" 85. Chuck Liddell again: "gonna wind up there" 86. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. again: "Every Playboy bunny" 87. Two girls in Times Square: "with her bleach blond hair" 88. Man in front of Beverly Hills High School: "And we'll hide out in the private rooms"' 89. Eliza Dushku again: "With the latest dictionary" 90. Federico Castelluccio again: "and today's who's who" 91. Riki Lindhome at the beach: "They'll get you anything with that evil smile" 92. Kid Rock again: "Everybody's got a drug dealer on speed dial/Well" 93. Steel worker: "Hey hey I wanna be a rockstar" 94. John Rich again, smashing a guitar 95. Three women in the middle of Davie Street: "I'm gonna sing those songs that offend the censors" 96. Te'DeVan Rocketman Wacha Kurzweil in Union Square: "Gonna pop my pills from a Pez dispenser" 97. Lupe Fiasco again: "Get washed-up singers" 98. Boy in front of a mixing console: "writing all my songs" 99. Gwenno Pipette overlooking Los Angeles: "Lip sync 'em every night" 100. Daniel Self at City Market in Raleigh: "so I don't get 'em wrong" 101. Man on street corner in New York City's Chinatown: "Well we all just wanna be" 102. Man in front of Big Acorn in Raleigh: "big rockstars" 103. Eight Blazin' Saddles employees at City Market in Raleigh: "And live in hilltop houses" 104. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. again:"driving fifteen cars" 105. The Naked Cowboy in Times Square: "The girls come easy and the drugs come cheap" 106. Woman at the beach: "We'll all stay skinny" 107. Brandon Berman in Times Square: "'cause we just won't eat" 108. Cindy Taylor again: "And we'll hang out in the coolest bars" 109. Woman in front of Buckingham Fountain: "In the VIP" 110. Grant Hill again: "with the movie stars" 111. Jayson Woolley in Union Square: "Every good gold digger's" 112. Ted Nugent again: "gonna wind up there" 113. Holly Madison again: "Every Playboy" 114. Bridget Marquardt in a pink bed: "bunny with her bleach" 115. Kendra Wilkinson again: "blond hair/And we'll" 116. Laurie Picken standing next to City Hall in front of Tower Bridge: "hide out in the private rooms" 117. Nelly Furtado again: "With the latest dictionary and today's" 118. Two women in front of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge: "Who's Who/They'll get you anything" 119. Kid Rock again: "with that evil smile/Everybody's" 120. Ted Nugent again: "got a drug dealer on speed dial/Well" 121. John Rich again: "hey" 122. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. again: "hey" 123. Worker in front of Marina City with a Michigan State University sweatshirt: "I wanna be a rockstar" 124. Wayne Gretzky again, splashing a pool with a hockey stick 125. Kendra Wilkinson again dancing 126. Nelly Furtado again: "Hey" 127. Gene Simmons again: "hey" 128. Nickelback fans at Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts concert singing: "I wanna be a rockstar" 129. Pan to Chad Kroeger, pan to Mike Kroeger and Ryan Peake The video features B-list celebrities (mostly rednecks) 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, Taryn Manning, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Eliza Dushku, Gene Simmons, Wayne Gretzky, Big & Rich's John Rich, the cast of The Girls Next Door, The Naked Cowboy, Kid Rock, Lupe Fiasco, Riki Lindhome, Nelly Furtado, the crew from American Chopper, Paul Wall, Ted Nugent Twista, Juicy J, Grant Hill 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. The shot outside the Reichstag building in Berlin was filmed on 23 July 2007.