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"Gotta Be Somebody" is the first official single released from Nickelback's sixth studio album, Dark Horse. Originally, the lead single from the album was set to be "If Today Was Your Last Day" but was changed instead to "Gotta Be Somebody". The song was digitally delivered to all formats on September 29, 2008. It was available on September 29 for free download for 24 hours only on participating radio station websites and the band's website, after which it was released to all digital markets for paid digital download on September 30th. The song has already reached #1 on American iTunes Rock Chart and #3 on the overall top selling songs. It shot to the #1 spot overall on the Canadian iTunes store.

It was used in a video package for the 2008 WWE Tribute to the Troops show.

Promotion

Nickelback shot a commercial, featuring the song, at The Forummarker on Sunday, October 12 in Inglewood, Californiamarker. The band performed a "Mini Concert" consisting of several songs which will be part of the video. The show was to be a "sneak peak" at their upcoming world tour that the band plans to embark on at the beginning of 2009. Part of the concert will air in a television commercial.

The set list was as follows:
1.

"Gotta Be Somebody"
2.



"Animals"
3.





"Someday"
4.







"Too Bad"
5.









"Rockstar"
6.











"Figured You Out"







Track listings

CD single (September 29, 2008)
  1. "Gotta Be Somebody" [Edit version] - 3:59
  2. "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" - 3:42


Music video

In October 2008, it was reported that an official video from the commercial shoot had been shot with director Jessy Terrero. However, after claims that the band was dissatisfied with the video, it was scrapped, and it was unknown whether a new video would be made. It was then reported that a new video had been shot in Vancouver with long-time collaborator Nigel Dick. The video debuted at AOL on Monday, December 15, 2008. This was nearly three months following the release of the single, with the late release due to the band having to redo the video for the song.

The video for "Gotta Be Somebody" starts out in Outer Space, showing various planets before zooming in on Earth. Nickelback is shown playing at the Colosseummarker in Romemarker, which is empty. During the chorus, an earthquake comes and cracks the ground the band is standing on. The band is then shown playing on the Brooklyn Bridgemarker in New York Citymarker. Again, an earthquake begins during the chorus and the band is finally shown playing an outdoor concert to fans in a Southwestern United States desert inside an Aircraft boneyard.

The video swept the 2009 MuchMusic Video Awards, winning awards for best video, best rock video and best post production.

Chart performance

"Gotta Be Somebody" debuted at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 the chart week of October 18, 2008, making it Nickelback's highest debut on the chart to date. The song's high debut was partially fueled by its first week digital sales of 127,000. The song debuted at #14 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and peaked at #9, the band's fourteenth top ten hit there. It entered at #22 on Modern Rock Tracks and has peaked at #10. It also debuted on the Adult Top 40 in the top twenty at #19, and has reached the #1 spot on the chart, becoming the band's fifth song to do so. This gives Nickelback the most #1's of any act in the history of the Adult Top 40, breaking the tie they had with Matchbox Twenty. On the Canadian Hot 100 it made a "Hot Shot Debut" at #7 the same week, and has risen to #4 so far.

The song debuted the first week at #19 and reached the top twenty so far on the Australian ARIA chart and has peaked so far at #14, and has risen to #24 on the New Zealand RIANZ chart. On the German Singles Chart, "Gotta Be Somebody" debuted at #6, making it the band's second highest charting single there to date, after their breakout hit "How You Remind Me". On November 16 2008, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at #26 on downloads alone and peaked at #20. It has also reached the top ten in Swedenmarker and Austriamarker.

Cover versions

Country artist Bucky Covington released a version of the song as his fifth single on October 19, 2009. The song is the second single released from his upcoming second studio album, I'm Alright. The song debuted at #58 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of November 14, 2009.

The music video, which was directed by Devin Pense, premiered on CMT on October 26, 2009.

Charts

Nickelback version

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 14
Canadian Hot 100 4
Japan Hot 100 Singles 36
UK Singles Chart 20
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 10
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 18
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 9
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 10
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 16
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 24
Swedish Singles Chart 6
German Singles Chart 6
Belgian Singles Chart 46
Dutch Top 40 18


Bucky Covington version

Chart (2009) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 51


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