And the latest act to jump onboard the TikTok sea shanty craze is…Nickelback? Yep.

So far, 2021 is turning out to be almost as weird as 2020. Witness the craze for sea shanties on TikTok, which has now spread to Nickelback, who have teamed up with the UK band, The Lottery Winners.

I quote from the band’s Ryan Peake: “We loved collaborating on the original TikTok release, and then talked with the Lottery Winners via zoom for an afternoon and decided to have more fun with it. Having Donnell Leahy help out last minute gave it a nice Maritime touch. It’s all internet lockdown shenanigans and we’re happy that people are enjoying ‘Rockstar’ 15 years later.”

You read that right: a sea shanty version of the Nickelback hit, “Rockstar.” And you know what? It works!

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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