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Nickelback plan 'filthy' return
Chad Kroeger from Nickelback
Nickelback have been touring the UK ahead of the release of their new album

Canadian rockers Nickelback say their sixth studio album, tentatively titled Dark Horse, is a much more "adult affair" than previous efforts.

The band, whose last single Rockstar went to number two in the charts, say they'll have a hard time getting the songs played on the radio.

Frontman Chad Kroeger and brother Mike said: "There's a lot of truly filthy subject matter and adult themes."

Nickelback have just finished a seven-date tour of the UK and Ireland.

I'd just rather be playing big buildings to lots of people than a 500-seat club and have the best reviews ever
Chad Kroeger from Nickelback on not achieving critical acclaim
The band recorded the new album in Vancouver with famous rock producer Robert "Mutt" Lange, responsible for AC/DC's Back In Black and Def Leppard's Hysteria.

Chad Kroeger says it's hard producing new material but they're happy with the results.

He said: "It's a challenge. You just grab new themes and the ones that always seem to connect like love, or lack thereof."

"Those ones are always good. You just have to throw a different spin on them."

Critical acclaim

And Chad says the band aren't worried about critics not liking their music.

"I don't think the critics like anything that's doing too well," he said.

"I've never seen a band sell a lot of records that a critic liked.

"So if I had to choose between success or critical acclaim, what would you choose?

"I'd just rather be playing big buildings to lots of people that want to sing along with us and have a big party together and have a great time than play a 500-seat club and have the best reviews ever."

Ryan Peake
Nickelback's 2001 single How you Remind Me went to number four
In July, Nickelback became the latest band to sign with Live Nation with the likes of Madonna, Jay-Z and Shakira.

They signed a three-album, three-tour deal said to be worth between $50m (27m) and $70m (37.8m).

Chad Kroeger says it's a sign of the times.

He said: "They just seem like they really know what they're doing.

"They are not interested in promoting records traditionally at all.

"We want to keep moving with the times."

Brother and bassist Mike Kroeger added: "The old way doesn't work.

"The word partner is one that you will never hear from a record company."

Nickelback still have two records left to release with Roadrunner Records and Chad says they're not dumping them because they didn't do a good job.

Chad Kroeger said: "We're definitely not detracting from Roadrunner.

"That record company is truly a cottage industry. It's really got a family vibe to it.

"They did an amazing job with the band and they got us this far.

"I just think it's time to change with the times and it's nice to have somebody else who's thinking the same way."

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