The ultimate meme band is set to release its ninth studio album on BMG records.

For the last decade or so, Canadian alternative rock band Nickelback has borne the brunt of a lot of jokes.

And the group is laughing all the way to the bank.

On Jan. 25, BMG announced a new global contract with the band — it was previously signed to Roadrunner Records, followed by Republic Records. The four-piece is currently working on its ninth full-length album.

Last year, The Observer wrote a piece called “Nickelback the Meme: A Complete History of How We Came to Hate a Successful Band.” And the hate is real.

“[Nickelback] has not only managed to earn the title of ‘the world’s most hated band,’ but they’ve done it while being extremely successful,” the article said. “The band has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, has sold out Madison Square Garden and has been nominated for six Grammy awards, including ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Rock Album.’ They even rank as the second best selling foreign act in the U.S. of the 2000s (behind The Beatles), and the eleventh best-selling music act of the decade overall.”

That is a lot of accolades for a band that’s consistently made into a meme.

In fact, last November, the band made headlines for its music being used by the Canadian police force as a form of punishment. The Kensington Police Service threatened drunk drivers on its Facebook page it would “be out for the remainder of year looking for those dumb enough to feel they can drink and drive,” it said. “And when we catch you, and we will catch you, on top of a hefty fine, a criminal charge and a year’s driving suspension, we will also provide you with a bonus gift of playing the office’s copy of Nickelback in the cruiser on the way to jail.”

The band is hated so much, it was the topic of a research study. As Us Magazine reported, Salli Anttonen, a University of Eastern Finland student looked at 14 years worth of stories and reviews on the band. Her study, “Hypocritical Bulls–t Performed Through Gritted Teeth: Authenticity Discourses in Nickelback’s Album Reviews in Finnish Media,” blamed the hatred toward the band on its inauthenticity.

“Anttonen’s findings reportedly conclude that many critics believe Nickelback aren’t genuine enough. Additionally, the rockers don’t stand out from other similar bands,” the magazine said. “Anttonen further claims that Nickelback’s true downfall came when they allowed their tune ‘Rockstar’ to be featured in a 2008 furniture commercial.

“Nickelback is too much of everything to be enough of something,” Anttonen wrote in her study. “They follow genre expectations too well, which is seen as empty imitation, but also not well enough, which is read as commercial tactics and as a lack of a stable and sincere identity.”

But despite all of this, (and all the memes) someone’s still listening.

The band has won two American Music Awards, six Billboard music awards and six Grammy nominations. It’s also claimed almost 20 different charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

Nickelback’s upcoming release on BMG, “Feed the Machine” is available for preorder now. A tour under the same name has also been announced, with dates across the U.S. and Canada.

According to the band itself, it has played 11 “completely sold out” international tours and in total, “8 million people have purchased a ticket” to one of its concerts.

It looks like we’re going to need more memes for the years to come.

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