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Linkin Park

Although rooted in alternative metal, Linkin Park became one of the most successful acts of the 2000s by welcoming elements of hip-hop, modern rock, and atmospheric electronica into their music. The band's rise was indebted to the aggressive rap-rock movement made popular by the likes of Korn and Limp Bizkit, a movement that paired grunge's alienation with a bold, buzzing soundtrack. Linkin Park added a unique spin to that formula, however, focusing as much on the vocal interplay between singer Chester Bennington and rapper Mike Shinoda as the band's muscled instrumentation, which layered DJ effects atop heavy, processed guitars. While the group's sales never eclipsed those of its tremendously successful debut, Hybrid Theory, few alt-metal bands rivaled Linkin Park during the band's heyday.

Drummer Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson, and MC/vocalist Mike Shinoda attended high school in Southern California, where they formed the rap-rock band Xero in 1996. Bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell, singer Mark Wakefield, and DJ/art student Joseph Hahn joined soon after, and the band courted various labels while playing hometown shows in Los Angeles. Few companies expressed interest in Xero's self-titled demo tape, however, prompting Wakefield to leave the lineup (he would later resurface as the manager for Taproot). Hybrid Theory became the band's temporary moniker in 1998 as replacement singer Chester Bennington climbed aboard, and the revised band soon settled on a final name: Linkin Park, a misspelled reference to Lincoln Park in Santa Monica. With Bennington and Shinoda sharing vocal duties, the musicians now wielded enough power to distinguish themselves from the wave of nu-metal outfits that had appeared during the decade's latter half. Warner Bros. vice president Jeff Blue took note and signed Linkin Park in 1999, sending the band into the studio with Don Gilmore shortly thereafter.

Linkin Park titled their debut album Hybrid Theory, a tribute to the band's past, and released the record during the fall of 2000. "Crawling" and "In the End" were massive radio hits; the latter song even topped the U.S. Modern Rock chart while peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, an example of the band's crossover appeal. Linkin Park joined the Family Values Tour and also played shows with Cypress Hill, leading the group to log over 320 shows in 2001 alone. Come January 2002, Hybrid Theory had received three Grammy nominations and sold over seven million copies. (Sales later topped ten million, earning the album "diamond status" and making Hybrid Theory one of the most successful debuts ever.) Despite their meteoric rise, however, Linkin Park spent the remainder of the year holed up in the recording studio, again working with producer Don Gilmore on a follow-up album. Meanwhile, the timely summer release of Reanimation helped appease the band's eager audience, offering remixed versions of Hybrid Theory's tracks.

A proper sophomore effort, Meteora, arrived in March 2003, featuring a heavier sound and stronger elements of rap-rock. Although the record spawned several modern rock hits, songs such as "Numb," "Somewhere I Belong," and "Breaking the Habit" furthered the band's crossover appeal by simultaneously charting on the Hot 100. Linkin Park once again supported the album with ample touring, including performances with the second annual Projekt Revolution Tour (the band's own traveling festival, which originally launched in 2002) and additional shows with the likes of Metallica and Limp Bizkit. Live in Texas was released to document the band's strength as a touring act, and the bandmates tackled various personal projects before beginning work on a second remix project.

Released in 2004, Collision Course found the band collaborating with king-of-the-mountain rapper Jay-Z, resulting in a number of mashups that sampled from both artists' catalogs. Collision Course topped the charts upon its release, the first EP to do so since Alice in Chains' Jar of Flies, and Jay-Z furthered his association with the band by asking co-founder Mike Shinoda to explore the possibility of a solo hip-hop project. He did, dubbing the project Fort Minor and releasing The Rising Tied in 2005 with Jay-Z as executive producer. Linkin Park then reconvened in 2006 to begin work on a third studio album, which saw Shinoda sharing production credits with Rick Rubin. The resulting Minutes to Midnight arrived in 2007, debuting at number one in several countries and spawning the Top Ten single "What I've Done." In 2010 the band teamed up with Rubin again to produce its fourth studio album, A Thousand Suns. The following year, Chester Bennington stated the band's desire to focus more on putting out new material rather than maintaining an exhaustive touring schedule, with the band having a goal of releasing a new album every 18 months. Linkin Park made good on that promise in 2012 with their Rick Rubin-produced fifth album, Living Things. Upon its June release, the album debuted at the top of the Billboard charts, selling over 223,000 copies in its first week; it would soon be certified gold.

As Linkin Park began work on its sixth studio album in the spring of 2013, Bennington announced that he was replacing Scott Weiland as the lead vocalist of Stone Temple Pilots; he was not leaving Linkin Park, but rather, planned to be in both groups simultaneously. Bennington underscored his commitment to both bands in October of 2013 by releasing his debut EP with STP, High Rise, and with Linkin Park, which released the remix album Recharged that same month. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Comments

dvd_31
i have no idea why this uh music would pop up in my feed.
I can sing this whole song by heart
same
One of my first favorite bands
Damn I love this band they have always been by my side when I've needed something to pick me up and they have always been by my side especially when my ex fiance left me because God told her to and from that point I realized that she was out of her f**king mind because I've never heard of God telling someone to leave the person who is going to be your mate for the rest of your Life and then just up and leave them
tori.sellers
1.kiss your left hand.2. Say your crushes name.3.close your name.4. Say your name.5.post this on 15 more songs.6.your crush will ask you out
1. Kiss your left hand . Done
2. Call out your crush name. Yamira Petrovich
3. Close your hand. Done
4. Pick a day. June 5th
5. Post to 15 songs #songsOfMyLi f e
6. I would really like to have you perform for her bday on July 10th I'll try to have arrangements setup. Email todd@discosw a g . c o m for details
This is one of my favorite songs from Linkin Park
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't read this you will die in two days. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on five songs in the next 143 min. when your done press F6 an your lovers name will pop up on your screen in big letters. Trust me it works.
kiss your left hand 2 Say your crush's name 3 close your hand 4 pick a school day 5 say your name 6 post this on 15 more songs and on the day you picked your crush will ask you out no joke
Intro was retarded it took to long
Omg this is my fav song of all time i love it cause im only a crack in this castle of glass����
Follow me if you love Linkin Park!!!!
Numb
follow me if you want I'm 12 years old I love linkin park
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't read this you will die in two days. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on five songs in the next 143 min. when your done press F6 an your lovers name will pop up on your screen in big letters. Trust me it works.
In the end ;)
:D
Whenever I go through something linkin park always help me, Im 12 years old and i've been a street soldier since birth. Love you guys and thank you ♡♥
this part of my childhood
I've been listening to this song not knowing it was from LP........
That's what I'm talking about ---------- !
Well fine then The American Tragedy what kind kind of music do You listen to? Let me guess crap and s**t.
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Follow for a follow love you all
Coolest group.cyco2 vhtg Pomona cal
the American tragedy can suck my balls linkin park is the best band ever
Linkin .park jamming awesome band
Hi everyone I'm the leader of Linkin Park
Cooooooooooo o o o o o L L L L L L L
Linkin Park is like BVB to everybody else
@richardcoro n a d o 1 2 Okay, Farmer boy calm down. No need to share your fantasies with the world. I feel sorry for you, You listen to talent-less trash that should of never been put out the're into the world. This s**t makes my eas bleed. Go ahead and waste your time getting butt-hurt over my opinion. God sent me to piss the world off :)
@CGord Get over it, I'm glad I fascinate you enough for you to stalk my profile. I won't listen to pop to save my life. Get over it, I don't listen to Linkin Park because I don't f**king like those wannabes. There are better artists that are in the same genere that are better than these talent-less pricks, Linking Park just can't pull it off like, the REAL artists can. Have fun wasting your time stalking my profile and getting but-hurt over someone else's opinion.
Follow me if your a LP fan! :-)
Who are you talking to CGord??? :-\
Loves this song my fav song by linkin park
Follow me if u like linkin park
Huh. I just checked and I like all those bands you like. What do u have against L.P.? Did u get touched as a child with a meteora CD blasting in the background?
Wow, you really ARE an American Tragedy. Lol go die with the rest of the ignorant peasants populating most of America. I wonder what you listen to? Probs these trashy no-talent popstars
The American tragedy whoever you are you can suck horse balls! You don't f**kin know music for s**t! Linkin Park #1
Lol the beginning sounds like me running with my mom's keys to get something from the car. Lolz
I wonder if theres any way to block an artist from a station, Because this would be the first Artist I would ban. Linkin Park f**king sucks donkey balls.
Please follow me and I'll follow back!
Follow me and I'll follow back
The only Linkin Park song I like
Also lol at all the "if you're a true linkin park fan..." When a lot of people were complaining about ATS and LT (I'm guilty of the second but ATS was not that bad) just saying its odd the sudden change in heart
Yes..... PEOPLE SPELLING THE NAME RIGHT!!!!!!! ! ! ! Tis a good day indeed Bp
1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crush's name
3 close your hand
4 pick a school day
5 say your name
6 post this on 15 more songs and on the day you picked your crush will ask you out no joke
Luv this song<3
Can't wait for the hunting party! BTW that's the title for their new album, they already released guilty all the same from that album, and it's heavy too!
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