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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, a more traditional rock affair that largely left behind their trademark electronics, 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, changing tack again for a left-field, experimental project based largely in ambient electronica, which divided their fans. 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, which saw something of a return to the hybrid sound of yore. 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 their 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 instead 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. The album's lead single, "A Light That Never Comes," recorded in collaboration with superstar DJ Steve Aoki, was a worldwide club hit. They didn't quite manage to hit their ambitious 18-month target, but Linkin Park still had their new studio album ready inside two years. Entitled The Hunting Party, it was produced by the bandmembers themselves and released in June 2014. Inspired by the punk, metal, and hardcore they had listened to as teens, the album had a loud, raw, heavy sound and featured guest appearances by Tom Morello, Helmet's Page Hamilton, and hip-hop legend Rakim. Although it was kept out of the top spot on the U.S. charts, it hit number one in half a dozen countries around the world, and became one of the year's biggest sellers in hard rock circles. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Hunting Party

1. Keys To The Kingdom

2. All For Nothing (Feat. Page Hamilton)

3. Guilty All The Same (Feat. Rakim)

4. The Summoning

5. War

6. Wastelands

7. Until It's Gone

8. Rebellion (Feat. Daron Malakian)

9. Mark The Graves

10. Drawbar (Feat. Tom Morello)

11. Final Masquerade

12. A Line In The Sand

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Track List: Recharged

1. A Light That Never Comes (Linkin Park X Steve Aoki)

2. Castle Of Glass (M. Shinoda Remix)

3. Lost In The Echo (Killsonik Remix)

4. Victimized (M. Shinoda Remix)

5. I'll Be Gone (Vice Remix)

6. Lies Greed Misery (Dirtyphonics Remix)

7. Roads Untraveled (Rad Omen Remix)

8. Powerless (Enferno Remix)

9. Burn It Down (Tom Swoon Remix)

10. Until It Breaks (Datsik Remix)

11. Skin To Bone (Nick Catchdubs Remix)

12. I'll Be Gone (Schoolboy Remix)

13. Until It Breaks (Money Mark Headphone Remix)

14. A Light That Never Comes (Rick Rubin Reboot)

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Track List: Living Things

1. Lost In The Echo

2. In My Remains

3. Burn It Down

4. Lies Greed Misery

5. I'll Be Gone

6. Castle Of Glass

7. Victimized

8. Roads Untraveled

9. Skin To Bone

10. Until It Breaks

11. Tinfoil

12. Powerless

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Track List: A Thousand Suns (Explicit)

1. The Requiem

2. The Radiance

3. Burning In The Skies

4. Empty Spaces

5. When They Come For Me

6. Robot Boy

7. Jornada Del Muerto

8. Waiting For The End

9. Blackout

10. Wretches And Kings

11. Wisdom, Justice, And Love

12. Iridescent

13. Fallout

14. The Catalyst

15. The Messenger

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Track List: Minutes To Midnight

1. Wake

2. Given Up

3. Leave Out All The Rest

4. Bleed It Out

5. Shadow Of The Day

6. What I've Done

7. Hands Held High

8. No More Sorrow

9. Valentine's Day

10. In Between

11. In Pieces

12. The Little Things Give You Away

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Track List: Live In Texas

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Track List: Meteora

1. Foreword

2. Don't Stay

3. Somewhere I Belong

4. Lying From You

5. Hit The Floor

6. Easier To Run

7. Faint

8. Figure.09

9. Breaking The Habit

10. From The Inside

11. Nobody's Listening

12. Session

13. Numb

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Track List: Reanimation

1. Opening

2. Pts.Of.Athrty

3. Enth E Nd

4. [Chali]

5. Frgt/10

6. P5hng Me A*wy

7. Plc.4 Mie. HAED

8. X-Ecutioner Style

9. H1 Vltg3

10. [Riff Raff]

11. Wth>You

12. Ntr\mssion

13. Ppr:kut

14. Rnw@y

15. My<Dsmbr

16. [Stef]

17. By_Myslf

18. Kyur4 Th Ich

19. 1Stp Klosr

20. Krwlng

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Track List: Hybrid Theory

1. Papercut

2. One Step Closer

3. With You

4. Points Of Authority

5. Crawling

6. Runaway

7. By Myself

8. In The End

9. A Place For My Head

10. Forgotten

11. Cure For The Itch

12. Pushing Me Away

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Track List: Blackbirds (Radio Single)

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Track List: Final Masquerade (Single)

1. Final Masquerade

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Track List: Guilty All The Same (Single)

1. Guilty All The Same (Feat. Rakim)

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Track List: ITunes Festival: London 2011 - EP

1. Iridescent (Live ITunes Festival)

2. Waiting For The End (Live ITunes Festival)

3. Rolling In The Deep (Live ITunes Festival)

4. The Catalyst (Live ITunes Festival)

5. Papercut (Live ITunes Festival)

6. Bleed It Out (Live ITunes Festival)

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Track List: Iridescent (Radio Single)

1. Iridescent

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Track List: New Divide (Radio Single)

1. New Divide

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Track List: Rebellion (Feat. Daron Malakian) (Single)

1. Rebellion (Feat. Daron Malakian)

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Track List: The Catalyst (Radio Single)

1. The Catalyst

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Track List: The Hunting Party: Acapellas + Instrumentals

1. Keys To The Kingdom (Acapella)

2. All For Nothing (Feat. Page Hamilton) (Acapella)

3. Guilty All The Same (Feat. Rakim) (Acapella)

4. War (Acapella)

5. Wastelands (Acapella)

6. Until It's Gone (Acapella)

7. Rebellion (Acapella)

8. Mark The Graves (Acapella)

9. Final Masquerade (Acapella)

10. A Line In The Sand (Acapella)

11. Keys To The Kingdom (Instrumental)

12. All For Nothing (Instrumental)

13. Guilty All The Same (Instrumental)

14. The Summoning (Instrumental)

15. War (Instrumental)

16. Wastelands (Instrumental)

17. Until It's Gone (Instrumental)

18. Rebellion (Instrumental)

19. Mark The Graves (Instrumental)

20. Drawbar (Instrumental)

21. Final Masquerade (Instrumental)

22. A Line In The Sand (Instrumental)

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Track List: Until It's Gone (Single)

1. Until It's Gone

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Track List: Wastelands (Single)

1. Wastelands

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hoselovera
This is that work !
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Today is the day
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I love singing this song at the mall idk why lol
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We're is that horny mob I was promised lol hehe ;)
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You can come stand in my corner,we're numb over here
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I LOVE BEING NUMB...JUST WISH EVERYONE ELSE WAS LOL
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This song takes me back to the good times
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Steaming jam!
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Dis de Damn jam
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Well that thing doesn't because I repel bad luck
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DONT READ THIS.YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOU LIFE.NOWYOU' V E STARTED READING THIS.DONT STOP THIS IS FREAKY.BUTIF YOU READ THIS AND IGNORE IT YOU WILL GET BAD LUCK.PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MIN.WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS THE SPACE BAR AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO CREEPY CAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORKS.....
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I am doing this because I am superstishis
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ddmaness
THIS SONG IZ SOOO BAEEEEE
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I'm tired of being what you want me to be
Feeling so faithless
Lost under the surface
I don't know what you're expecting of me
Put under the pressure of walking in your shoes


Every step that I take is another mistake to you

I've
Become so numb
I can't feel you there
Become so tired
So much more aware
I'm becoming this
All I want to do
Is be more like me
And be less like you

Can't you see that you're smothering me
Holding too tightly
Afraid
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DONT READ THIS.YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOU LIFE.NOWYOU' V E STARTED READING THIS.DONT STOP THIS IS FREAKY.BUTIF YOU READ THIS AND IGNORE IT YOU WILL GET BAD LUCK.PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MIN.WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS THE SPACE BAR AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO CREEPY CAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORKS.....
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I love you guys so much *^*
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Linkin Park has amazing inspirationa l music that if you really understand what try are really saying it'll really make you look back at life and think. Love Linkin Park!
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Why do we do the chain letters if they don't work
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Say iPhone 5times pick a color post this on two other songs then look under your pillow
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Ok really these dumb chain letters can be taken to freakin text messages, if you don't have anything to type about Linkin park then DONT TYPE IT HERE
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Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a color
Put this on 5 other songs
Look under your pillow
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You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tommorow will be the best day of your life. Don't stop this is freaky! But if you read and ignore it you will get bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the spacebar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so creepy because it actually works!!!
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Life is repetitive, boring and s**tty....de a l with it
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Miss you Bobby :(
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Dissent work
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Say your crushes name 10 times then kiss your hand then post this on 2 other vids then check your hand
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Saw their first show at MSG. Coheed, Linkin Park, double encore with Jay z. Awesome band. Loved them since the beginning. Beautiful sound and truth.
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Just follow me, it was bound to happen
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Linkin Park is literally my entire childhood :) Glad I grew up with the music
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This band is literally my childhood ��
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Amazing things happen with theses people
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f**k ya cool
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one of my fav LP songs, but bleed it out has taken the #1
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Linkin park brings back memories
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Been listening to you guys since 2000
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I'm numb ❤❤
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U guys should meet papa roach and breaking benjimin
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I luv u guys
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Prolly my fave lp song.
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Appeared on korn radio an I was actually really happy about it
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Why did this appear on the system of a down radio
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Agreed
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They are amazing
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Got for the itch was probably the inspiration for an introduction to dubstep or at least one of them.
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Diz iz 1 of meh fave linkin park songz!!! :D
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my fav songs are new devide.casti l of class and burn it down
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