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Although rooted in alternative metal, Linkin Park became one of the most successful acts of the 2000sbywelcomingelementsof hip-hop,modernrock, and atmospheric electronica into their music. The band's rise wasindebted to theaggressiverap-rockmovement made popular by thelikesof Korn and Limp Bizkit, a movement thatpaired grunge's alienationwith a bold,buzzingsoundtrack. Linkin Park added a unique spin tothatformula, however,focusing as much on the vocalinterplay betweensingerChester Bennington and rapper Mike Shinoda as theband'smuscledinstrumentation, which layered DJeffects atopheavy,processed ...read more
Although rooted in alternative metal, Linkin Park became one of the most successful acts of the 2000sbywelcomingelementsof hip-hop,modernrock, and atmospheric electronica into their music. The band's rise wasindebted to theaggressiverap-rockmovement made popular by thelikesof Korn and Limp Bizkit, a movement thatpaired grunge's alienationwith a bold,buzzingsoundtrack. Linkin Park added a unique spin tothatformula, however,focusing as much on the vocalinterplay betweensingerChester Bennington and rapper Mike Shinoda as theband'smuscledinstrumentation, which layered DJeffects atopheavy,processed guitars. While the group's sales nevereclipsed those of itstremendouslysuccessful debut, HybridTheory,few alt-metal bands rivaled Linkin Park during theband's heyday.Drummer Rob Bourdon, guitarist BradDelson, andMC/vocalistMikeShinoda attended high school inSouthern California, where they formed therap-rock band Xero in 1996.BassistDave"Phoenix"Farrell, singer MarkWakefield, and DJ/art student Joseph Hahn joined soon after, and thebandcourtedvariouslabels whileplayinghometownshows in Los Angeles. Few companies expressed interest in Xero's self-titled demotape,however,promptingWakefieldto leave the lineup(he would later resurface as the manager for Taproot). Hybrid Theorybecametheband'stemporarymoniker in 1998 as replacement singer ChesterBennington climbed aboard, and the revisedbandsoonsettled on afinal name: Linkin Park, amisspelled reference to Lincoln Park in Santa Monica.With BenningtonandShinodasharing vocalduties, the musicians now wielded enough powerto distinguish themselves from the wave ofnu-metaloutfits thathadappeared during the decade's latter half. Warner Bros. vice president JeffBlue took note andsigned LinkinPark in1999,sending theband 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 thefallof2000."Crawling" and "IntheEnd" were massive radio hits; the latter song even topped the U.S. Modern Rockchartwhilepeaking atnumber two on the Billboard Hot 100,anexample of the band's crossover appeal. Linkin Parkjoined theFamilyValues Tour andalso played shows with Cypress Hill, leading the grouptologover 320 shows in 2001alone. ComeJanuary2002, Hybrid Theoryhad received three Grammy nominations and sold over seven millioncopies.(Saleslater topped tenmillion,earning the album"diamond status" and making Hybrid Theory one of the most successfuldebuts ever.)Despitetheirmeteoricrise, however,Linkin Park spent the remainder of the year holed up in the recordingstudio, again workingwith producerDonGilmoreonafollow-up album. Meanwhile, the timely summer release ofReanimation helped appease the band'seageraudience, offeringremixedversionsof HybridTheory's tracks.
A proper sophomore effort, Meteora, arrived in March 2003, featuring a heavier sound and stronger elements of rap-rock.Although the recordspawnedseveral modern rock hits, songs such as "Numb," "Somewhere I Belong," and"BreakingtheHabit"furthered the band's crossoverappealbysimultaneously charting on the Hot 100. Linkin Park onceagain supportedthealbumwith ample touring, including performances with thesecondannualProjekt Revolution Tour(the band's owntravelingfestival,which originally launched in 2002) and additional shows with the likes ofMetallicaandLimpBizkit. Live in Texaswasreleased todocument the band's strength as a touring act, and the bandmates tackledvariouspersonalprojectsbeforebeginning work ona second remix project.
Released in 2004, Collision Course found the band collaborating with king-of-the-mountain rapper Jay-Z, resultinginanumberof mashupsthatsampled from both artists' catalogs. Collision Course topped the charts upon its release,the first EPtodo sosince Alice in Chains' Jar of Flies,andJay-Z furthered his association with the band by asking co-founder MikeShinodatoexplore the possibility of a solo hip-hop project. Hedid,dubbing the project Fort Minor andreleasing The Rising Tiedin2005with Jay-Z as executive producer. Linkin Park then reconvened in 2006tobegin work ona third studio album,whichsawShinoda sharing production credits with Rick Rubin. The resulting Minutes to Midnightarrived in2007,debuting atnumberonein several countries and spawning the Top Ten single "What I've Done." In 2010the band teamed upwithRubinagaintoproduce its fourth studio album, A Thousand Suns. The following year, ChesterBennington stated theband'sdesire tofocus more onputting out newmaterial rather than maintaining an exhaustivetouring schedule, with the bandhavinga goal ofreleasing a new album every 18months. Linkin Parkmade good on thatpromise in 2012 with their Rick Rubin-producedfifthalbum, Living Things. « hide
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