The Black Keys
What can you do when you've sold more than 20 million records and the drummer for a blogger-friendly indie-rock duo tees off on you during an interview with Rolling Stone? Nickelback had to find the answer to the question recently, when Patrick Carney of the Black Keys said "Rock ‘n’ roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world" -- and to Nickelback's credit, they were able to find the humor in the situation.
Rock started losing its primacy on the charts in the '80s, and these days, the Top 40 is almost exclusively the domain of pop and hip-hop acts -- a state of affairs that has prompted a steady flow of "is rock dead?" editorials over the last couple of decades. Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney isn't willing to bury the genre just yet, but during a recent interview with Rolling Stone, he singled out Nickelback as a major cause of rock's decline on the charts.
Despite pop stars and Christmas albums ruling the charts, rock acts are claiming their spots on the Billboard 200 tally.
Falling in Reverse continue to move forward in our Cage Match as they beat out Four Year Strong over the weekend. Will they be able to do it again against today’s opponent?
Ohio post-blues darlings the Black Keys will launch the first leg of their 2012 North American tour on Mar. 2 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dates are scheduled through Mar. 23 in Norfolk, Virginia.