Saturday, 27 August 2011

NickelBack - Rock Star

Artist: Nickelback
Track: Rockstar
Year: 2005
Director: Dori Oskowitz
Genre: Rock
Main Audience: Teenagers-30's , middle aged people

The video is lots of different kinds of people, from kids to celebrities lip syncing along with the song. This is quite unsual for the rock genre as Nickelback didn't perform (only when the song had finished did we get to see them) on a stage or do the stereotypical headbanging etc. There were no shots of guitars and no close ups of the band.

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.[4] The video would go on to become the top selling music video of 2007 on iTunes.
The video features celebrities 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, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Eliza Dushku, Gene Simmons, Wayne Gretzky, Big & Rich's John Rich, the cast of The Girls Next Door, Kid Rock, Lupe Fiasco, Nelly Furtado, the crew from American Chopper, Paul Wall, Ted Nugent, 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.[5]
Wikipedia 2011
Wikipedia has listed each scene, who played in it and what they did

There is a small relationship between the lyrics and the visuals as some of them do the actions for example Nelly did a action of opening a book because the line was 'with the latest dictionary'. Also the lines 'playboy bunnies with their bleach blonde hair' and 'get a front door key to the playboy mansion' featured real playboy bunnies lip syncing along to those lines. There isn't a relationship with the visuals and the music as stated above, there is no typical rock aspect in there and having lots of different people has nothing to do with the lyrics.

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