I never thought I would read the following statement:
Congrats Billboard, you’ve done it again. This time, you’ve really proven how obsolete the Billboard charts are as a way of “scientifically” measuring the tastes of our cumulative culture by naming one of the most reviled bands in recent memory as the best duo/group of the 2000s. Though a lot of words have been tossed around about our ever-fracturing culture, the one thing people seem content to agree upon is the terrible music churned out by the Canadian quartet.
This could be Billboard simply lining up the nails in its coffin, as the sign that points to Nickelback being the supreme band of the decade also points to a system that only accounts for people who purchase physical copies of music, mostly in the form of CDs. For Billboard to really show a need for their services, they really have to better equip themselves to handle digital sales… And then there’s no real (legal) way to account for how many times a song or album has been illegally downloaded, which would toss Billboard’s results straight out the window. If anything, the illegal downloading numbers are probably the closest way to measure actual artist popularity these days… but that’s simply common sense, and I’m not entirely sure Billboard understands that word.
If, for some strange reason, you’re new to the whole phenomenon of Nickelback’s crusade against taste, I’ll present my argument in the form of a song. A few years ago, some brave and whipsmart soul out there decided to put one and one together. Specifically, this person layered the band’s first single from their first album (“How You Remind Me”) atop the first single from their second album (“Someday”), and the results speak for themselves. Enjoy: