Linkin Park Overview
Linkin Park is an American rock rock music band from Agoura Hills Agoura Hills, California , California. Formed in 1996, the band rose to international fame with their debut album, Hybrid Theory (2000), which was certified Diamond RIAA certification#List of certifications by the RIAA Recording Industry Association of America in 2005 and multi-platinum Music recording sales certification in several other countries. Its following studio album, Meteora Meteora (album) (2003), continued the band's success: the album topped the Billboard 200 chart and went on to become the most successful album in the history of the Modern Rock Tracks chart. It was followed by extensive touring and charity work around the world. In 2003, MTV2 named Linkin Park the sixth greatest band of the music video era and the third best of the new millennium behind Oasis Oasis (band) and Coldplay.
Having adapted the nu metal and rap metal genres to a radio-friendly yet densely-layered style in Hybrid Theory and Meteora, the band explored other genres in their next studio album, Minutes to Midnight Minutes to Midnight (album) , which was released in 2007. The album topped the Billboard charts and had the third best debut week of any album that year. Linkin Park has collaborated with several other artists, most notably with rapper Jay-Z in their mashup Mashup (music) album Collision Course Collision Course (album) , and many others on Reanimation. and won two Grammy Awards.
Early years (1996–1999)
Originally consisting of three high school friends, Linkin Park’s foundation was anchored by Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, and Rob Bourdon. After graduating from high school, the California natives began to take their musical interests more seriously, recruiting Joe Hahn, Dave "Phoenix" Farrell, and Mark Wakefield to perform in their band, Xero. Though limited in resources, the band began recording and producing songs within Shinoda’s make-shift bedroom studio in 1996. Tensions and frustration within the band grew after they failed to land a record deal.
After spending a considerable time searching for Wakefield's replacement, Xero recruited Arizona vocalist Chester Bennington. Jeff Blue, the vice president of Zomba Music, had referred him to the band in March 1999. Bennington, formerly of Grey Daze, became a standout among applicants because of his unique singing style. The band changed its name from Xero to Hybrid Theory. However, despite these changes, the band still struggled to sign a record deal. After facing numerous rejections from several major record labels, Linkin Park turned to Jeff Blue for additional help. After failing to catch Warner Bros. Records on three previous reviews, Jeff Blue, now the vice president of Warner Bros. Records, helped the band sign a deal with the company in 1999. The band released its breakthrough album, Hybrid Theory, the following year. The album, which represented half a decade’s worth of the band’s work, was edited by music producer Don Gilmore. MTV awarded the band their Best Rock Video and Best Direction awards for "In the End". The band also formed its own tour, Projekt Revolution, which featured other notable artists such as, Cypress Hill, Adema, and Snoop Dogg. Reanimation claimed the second spot on the Billboard 200, and sold nearly 270,000 copies during its debut week.
Following the success of Hybrid Theory and Reanimation, Linkin Park spent a significant amount of time touring around the United States. The band members began to work on new material amidst its saturated schedule, spending a sliver of their free time in their tour bus' studio. The band officially announced the production of a new studio album in December 2002, revealing its new work was inspired by the rocky region of Meteora in Greece, where numerous monasteries Monastery have been built on top of the rocks. Meteora Meteora (album) featured a mixture of the band's previous nu metal and rapcore styles with newer innovative effects, including the induction of a shakuhachi (a Japanese Music of Japan flute made of bamboo) and other instruments. The album's singles, including "Somewhere I Belong", "Breaking the Habit", "Faint Faint (song) ", and "Numb Numb (Linkin Park song) ", received significant radio attention. By October 2003, Meteora sold nearly three million copies. The album's success allowed Linkin Park to form another Projekt Revolution, which featured other bands and artists including, Mudvayne, Blindside, and Xzibit. The band released an album and DVD, entitled Live in Texas, which consisted of audio and video tracks of some of the band's performances in Texas during the tour. Linkin Park also received significant recognition during the 2004 Radio Music Awards, winning the Artist of the Year and Song of the Year ("Numb") awards. At the same time, the band's relationship with Warner Bros. Records was deteriorating rapidly on account of several trust and financial issues. After months of feuding, the band finally negotiated a deal in December 2005.
Linkin Park also participated in numerous charitable events. Linkin Park helped raise money to benefit victims of Hurricane Charley in 2004 and later hurricane Katrina in 2005. They also helped relief efforts for the 2004 tsunami victims by staging several charity concerts and setting up an additional fund called "Music for Relief". Most notably, however, the band participated at Live 8, a series of charitable benefit concerts set up to raise global awareness. Alongside Jay-Z, the band performed on Live 8's stage in Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , Pennsylvania, to a global audience. They would later go on to play at the 2006 Summer Sonic music festival, which was hosted by Metallica, in Japan.
Minutes to Midnight (2006–2008)
Linkin Park returned to the recording studios in 2006 to work on new material. To produce the album, the band chose producer Rick Rubin. Despite initially stating the album would debut sometime in 2006, the album was delayed until 2007. The band had recorded thirty to fifty songs in August 2006, when Shinoda stated the album was halfway completed. Bennington later added that the new album would stray away from its previous nu metal sound. Warner Bros. Records officially announced that the band’s third studio album, entitled Minutes to Midnight Minutes to Midnight (album) , would be released on May 15, 2007 in the United States. After spending fourteen months working on the album, the band members opted to further refine their album by removing five of the original seventeen tracks. The album’s title, a reference to the Doomsday Clock, foreshadowed the band's new lyrical themes. Minutes to Midnight sold over 600,000 copies in its first week, making it one of the most successful debut week albums in recent years. The album also took the top spot on the Billboard Charts. The single was acclaimed by listeners, becoming the top-ranked song on the Billboard's Billboard (magazine) Modern Rock Tracks and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts. The song is also used in soundtrack for the 2007 action film, Transformers. Later in the year, the band won the "Favorite Alternative Artist" in the American Music Awards. The band also saw success with singles such as "Bleed It Out", "Shadow of the Day", "Given Up", and "Leave Out All the Rest", which were released throughout 2007 and early 2008. The band also collaborated with Busta Rhymes on his single "We Made It We Made It (song) ", which was released on April 29.
Linkin Park's touring and live shows have, among other things, included a performance at Live Earth Japan on July 7, 2007. and headlining Download Festival in Donington Park, England and Edgefest in Downsview Park, Toronto, Canada. The band completed touring on its fourth Projekt Revolution tour before taking up an Arena tour around the United Kingdom, visiting Nottingham, Sheffield and Manchester, before finishing on a double night at the O2 arena the O2 arena (London) in London. Bennington stated that Linkin Park plans to release a follow-up album to Minutes to Midnight. However, he stated the band will first embark on a United States tour to gather inspiration for the album.
Future direction (2008 onward)
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In October 2008 Shinoda revealed on his blog that he, Phoenix and Hahn had begun working on two song ideas at Hahn's home, with studio recording to begin in earnest soon. In 2008, Bennington announced that Linkin Park's fourth studio release will be a concept album. The band has not released many specific details about the album. In an interview with MTV in November 2008, Bennington stated, "It sounds a little daunting to me, so, I think my confidence level will drop, but when it was presented to us by this friend of ours, we liked the idea. It was an inspiring idea, and it was something we could relate a lot of the things we like to write about to". He also added that the band planned to begin recording in December for a six-week session. The album was expected in mid 2009, but in late March, Mike Shinoda wrote on his blog saying "We're hoping to have Chester's Dead By Sunrise album out this fall, and the new LP album out early next year."
In December 2008, Digidesign gave the band the opportunity to preview the new Pro Tools 8 Pro Tools software. The experiment resulted in an instrumental song performed by Shinoda and Bourdon.
In April 2009, Shinoda revealed on his blog that Linkin Park will be working on the score for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen with successful film composer Hans Zimmer. On May 7, it was further confirmed that the song recorded for the film is titled "New Divide," and was released as a single on May 18. The music video for "New Divide" was released on June 12, 2009 and was directed by Hahn. On June 22, 2009, the band played a short set after the premiere of the movie. The concert took play on the street in Westwood Village Westwood Village, Los Angeles, California .
In May 2009, Linkin Park announced that they were working on their fourth album which will be released in 2010, with the aim for it to be "genre-busting." Shinoda Mike Shinoda also stated recently in an interview with IGN that the new album will have in comparison to Minutes to Midnight Minutes to Midnight (album) a bigger "thread of consistency" and will also be more experimental and "hopefully more cutting-edge". Additionally Bennington confirmed that Rick Rubin will return to produce the new album.
On January 19, 2010, Linkin Park released a new song entitled "Not Alone Download to Donate for Haiti " as part of a compilation from in support of the Haiti Earthquake crisis. On February 10, 2010, Linkin Park released the official music video for the song on their homepage.Both Hybrid Theory and Meteora combined the alternative metal, nu metal, and rap rock sound with influences and elements from hip-hop, alternative rock, and electronica, utilizing programming music programming and synthesizers. William Ruhlmann from Allmusic regarded it as "a Johnny-come-lately Wiktionary:Johnny-come-lately to an already overdone musical style," whereas Rolling Stone called "Breaking the Habit" "risky, beautiful art".
In Minutes to Midnight the band experimented with their established sound and drew influences from a wider and more varied range of genres and styles, a process Los Angeles Times compares to a stage in U2's work. In it, only two of the songs feature rapping, and the majority of the album can be considered alternative rock rather than nu metal or rap rock. It is also their first studio album to feature guitar solos.
Linkin Park's use of two separate vocalists has become a large part of their music. Chester Bennington is most known for using screaming vocals common in various forms of metal and hardcore, while also using more melodic singing.
Mike Shinoda is the backing vocalist and rapper of the band. On Minutes to Midnight, he sings lead vocals on "In Between", "Hands Held High", and on the B-side "No Roads Left".;Current members
*Chester Bennington – vocals Singing , rhythm guitar (since 1999)
*Rob Bourdon – drums Drum kit , percussion Percussion instrument , backing vocals (since 1996)
*Brad Delson – lead guitar, backing vocals Backing vocalist (since 1996)
*David "Phoenix" Farrell – bass guitar, backing vocals (1996–1998, 1999, since 2001)
*Mr. Hahn – turntables Turntablism , programming Programming (music) , samples, backing vocals (since 1996)
*Mike Shinoda – vocals, rhythm guitar, samples Sampling (music) , keyboard Keyboard instrument s (since 1996)
*Mark Wakefield - lead vocals (1996-1998)
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