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Alt Rock, Nu-Metal
Although rooted in alternative metal, Linkin Park became one of the most successful acts of the 2000s bywelcomingelementsof hip-hop,modernrock, and atmospheric electronica into their music. The band's rise was indebted to theaggressiverap-rockmovement made popular by thelikesof Korn and Limp Bizkit, a movement that paired 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 the band'smuscledinstrumentation, which layered DJeffects atopheavy,proc ...read more
Although rooted in alternative metal, Linkin Park became one of the most successful acts of the 2000s bywelcomingelementsof hip-hop,modernrock, and atmospheric electronica into their music. The band's rise was indebted to theaggressiverap-rockmovement made popular by thelikesof Korn and Limp Bizkit, a movement that paired 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 the band'smuscledinstrumentation, which layered DJeffects atopheavy,processed guitars. While the group's sales never eclipsed those of itstremendouslysuccessful debut, HybridTheory,few alt-metal bands rivaled Linkin Park during the band's heyday.Drummer Rob Bourdon, guitarist BradDelson, andMC/vocalistMikeShinoda attended high school in Southern California, where they formed therap-rock band Xero in 1996.BassistDave"Phoenix"Farrell, singer Mark Wakefield, and DJ/art student Joseph Hahn joined soon after, and thebandcourtedvariouslabels whileplayinghometown shows in Los Angeles. Few companies expressed interest in Xero's self-titled demotape,however,promptingWakefield to leave the lineup(he would later resurface as the manager for Taproot). Hybrid Theorybecamethe band'stemporarymoniker in 1998 as replacement singer ChesterBennington climbed aboard, and the revised bandsoonsettled on afinal name: Linkin Park, amisspelled reference to Lincoln Park in Santa Monica.With Bennington andShinodasharing vocalduties, the musicians now wielded enough powerto distinguish themselves from the wave of nu-metaloutfits thathadappeared during the decade's latter half. Warner Bros. vice president JeffBlue took note and signed 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 the fallof2000."Crawling" and "IntheEnd" were massive radio hits; the latter song even topped the U.S. Modern Rock chartwhilepeaking atnumber two on the Billboard Hot 100,anexample of the band's crossover appeal. Linkin Park joined theFamilyValues Tour andalso played shows with Cypress Hill, leading the grouptologover 320 shows in 2001 alone. 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 successful debuts ever.)Despitetheirmeteoricrise, however,Linkin Park spent the remainder of the year holed up in the recording studio, again workingwith producerDonGilmoreonafollow-up album. Meanwhile, the timely summer release of Reanimation 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 once again supportedthealbumwith ample touring, including performances with thesecondannualProjekt Revolution Tour (the band's owntravelingfestival,which originally launched in 2002) and additional shows with the likes ofMetallicaand LimpBizkit. Live in Texaswasreleased todocument the band's strength as a touring act, and the bandmates tackled variouspersonalprojectsbeforebeginning work ona second remix project.
Released in 2004, Collision Course found the band collaborating with king-of-the-mountain rapper Jay-Z, resulting inanumberof 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 and releasing The Rising Tiedin2005with Jay-Z as executive producer. Linkin Park then reconvened in 2006tobegin work on a third studio album,whichsawShinoda sharing production credits with Rick Rubin. The resulting Minutes to Midnight arrived in2007,debuting atnumberonein several countries and spawning the Top Ten single "What I've Done." In 2010 the band teamed upwithRubinagaintoproduce its fourth studio album, A Thousand Suns. The following year, Chester Bennington stated theband'sdesire tofocus more onputting out newmaterial rather than maintaining an exhaustive touring schedule, with the bandhavinga goal ofreleasing a new album every 18months. Linkin Parkmade good on that promise in 2012 with their Rick Rubin-producedfifthalbum, Living Things. « hide
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