By Whitney Pastorek
Updated September 13, 2006 at 12:00 PM EDT

So, about a year ago at this time, I reviewed the (then-new) Nickelback album, All the Right Reasons, and, rather apprehensively, I gave it a B. I say apprehensively because I was scared people would make fun of me. Because in case you haven’t noticed, it is not cool to like Nickelback.

Or is it? The album has been on the charts for 49 weeks, and as of yesterday, it was No. 8. NUMBER. EIGHT. Out of all the albums in the land, after almost an entire year, there are still more people buying the Nickelback album than the albums of any number of mega-hyped trendsetters who will be on the cover of next month’s Spin. They sold nearly half as many albums in their 48th week of release (60,000) as Audioslave sold in their second (150,000). And I do not know a single person who has bought one.

So you can see where this is freaking me out. And I’m gonna get to the bottom of this if it kills me. In the meantime, are you a Nickelback fan? Can you do me a favor and post your theories on their success? Educate us! Because I want to understand. I need to understand. It is keeping me up nights.