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made into a music video to be frequently seen on MuchMusic. This initial success, without doubt, had made the band's status grew increasingly.
Searching for Brandon's replacement, Nickelback appointed Mitch Guindon to fill the empty seat before finally offered the position to Ryan's old friend, Ryan “Nik” Vikedal (born on May 9, 1975) in 1998 upon Mitch's departure. With this new formation, the band set up to create their sophomore effort, this time taking over the management matters, such as the distribution, radio tracking, and bookings. Entitled “The State,” it gloriously was certified Platinum in Canada after its release in January 1999, subsequently led the band to secure a major record deal with Canada's EMI and North America's Roadrunner Records. “The State” afterwards was re-released in America by March 2000, making a breakthrough in the U.S. as it reached Gold status while two of its songs, namely “Breathe” and Leader of Men,” entered the top ten of Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks.
The following year saw the rise of Nickelback to be one of the celebrated bands in U.S. when “Silver Side Up” touched the market in September. Extremely rich in sound and deeply personal in lyrics blended with Chad's distinctive voice, this third album contained 10 intriguing tracks, particularly “How You Remind Me” which soared to be a tremendous hit either in U.S. or Canada. Considered as an anthem of sorts in memory by some people of the American victims on the 9/11 incident, the song topped six Billboard music charts throughout the year 2001, including that of The Billboard 100 in which it fantastically hold the 1st rank for the whole 4 weeks. Eventually labeled Most Played Song of 2002 in U.S., “How You Remind Me” not only boosted “Silver Side Up” to the 2nd position of The Billboard 200, but also helped the album's selling to score more than nine million copies worldwide, going multi-Platinum all around the world.
The attainment of “How You Remind Me” continued in 2002 as it brought Nickelback to collect four Billboard Music Awards of the year, notably in the category of Hot 100 Singles Group/Duo of the Year. Furthermore, the band was granted a nomination at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards held in 2003 for Record of the Year through this mega-hit song. Solidly maintained their career in music, the personnel then went on to record their next work while also took