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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 popularby the likes of Korn andLimp Bizkit, a movement that paired grunge's alienation with a bold, buzzing soundtrack. Linkin Park added a uniquespin to that formula, however,focusing as much on the vocal interplay between singer Chester Bennington and rapper Mike Shinoda as theband's muscled instrumentation, whichlayered DJ e ...read more

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 popularby the likes of Korn andLimp Bizkit, a movement that paired grunge's alienation with a bold, buzzing soundtrack. Linkin Park added a uniquespin to that formula, however,focusing as much on the vocal interplay between singer Chester Bennington and rapper Mike Shinoda as theband's muscled instrumentation, whichlayered DJ effects atop heavy, processed guitars. While the group's sales never eclipsed those of itstremendously successful debut, Hybrid Theory, fewalt- 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 formedthe rap-rock band Xero in 1996. Bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell, singer Mark Wakefield, and DJ/art student Joseph Hahn joined soon after, andthe band courtedvarious labels while playing hometown 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 Theory became theband's temporary moniker in 1998 asreplacement singer Chester Bennington climbed aboard, and the revised band soon settled on a finalname: Linkin Park, a misspelled reference toLincoln Park in Santa Monica. With Bennington and Shinoda sharing vocal duties, the musiciansnow wielded enough power to distinguish themselvesfrom 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 LinkinPark in 1999, sending the band into the studio with Don Gilmore shortlythereafter. 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 theEnd" were massive radio hits; the latter song even topped the U.S. Modern Rock chart while peaking at number two on theBillboard Hot 100, anexample of the band's crossover appeal. Linkin Park joined the Family Values Tour and played shows with Cypress Hill,leading the group to log over320 shows in 2001 alone. Come January 2002, Hybrid Theory had received three Grammy nominations and soldover seven million copies. (Sales latertopped ten million, earning the album "diamond status" and making Hybrid Theory one of the mostsuccessful 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 theband'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 recordspawnedseveral modern rock hits, songs such as "Numb," "Somewhere I Belong," and "Breaking the Habit" furthered the band's crossoverappeal bysimultaneously charting on the Hot 100. Linkin Park once again supported the album with ample touring, including performanceswith the secondannual Projekt Revolution Tour (the band's own traveling festival, which originally launched in 2002) and additional showswith the likes of Metallicaand Limp Bizkit. Live in Texas was released to document the band's strength as a touring act, and the bandmatestackled various personal projectsbefore 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 mashupsthatsampled from both artists' catalogs. Collision Course topped the charts upon its release, the first EP to do so since Alice in Chains' Jar ofFlies, 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 theproject Fort Minor and releasing The Rising Tied in 2005 with Jay-Z as executive producer. Linkin Park then reconvened in2006 to begin work on athird studio album, which saw Shinoda sharing production credits with Rick Rubin. The resulting Minutes to Midnight,a more traditional rock affair thatlargely left behind their trademark electronics, arrived in 2007, debuting at number one in several countriesand spawning the Top Ten single "WhatI'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,experimentalproject based largely in ambient electronica, which divided their fans. The following year, Chester Bennington stated the band'sdesire to focus more onputting out new material rather than maintaining an exhaustive touring schedule, with the band having a goal ofreleasing a new album every 18months. Linkin Park made good on that promise in 2012 with their Rick Rubin-produced fifth album, LivingThings, which saw something of a return tothe hybrid sound of yore. Upon its June release, the album debuted at the top of the Billboardcharts, selling over 223,000 copies in its first week; itwould 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 asthe leadvocalist of Stone Temple Pilots; he was not leaving Linkin Park, but instead planned to be in both groups simultaneously. Benningtonunderscored hiscommitment to both bands in October of 2013 by releasing his debut EP with STP, High Rise, and appearing with Linkin Parkon the remix albumRecharged that same month. The album's lead single, "A Light That Never Comes," recorded in collaboration withsuperstar DJ Steve Aoki, was aworldwide club hit. In 2015, another Aoki collaboration, "Darker Than Blood," featured on the DJ's NeonFuture II and entered the Top 50 in bothBillboard dance and electronic charts. Linkin Park unveiled The Hunting Party in June 2014. The album -- produced by the bandmembers themselves -- was inspired by the punk,metal, andhardcore they had listened to as teens. The resulting collection was loud, raw, and heavy, featuring guest appearances by TomMorello, System of aDown's Daron Malakian, Helmet's Page Hamilton, and hip-hop legend Rakim. Although it was kept out of the top spot onthe U.S. charts, it hit numberone in half a dozen countries around the world, and became one of the year's biggest sellers in hard rockcircles. When Linkin Park returned in 2017,they were accompanied by a drastic shift in their sound. "Heavy," a duet featuring singer Kiiaraand production by pop songwriters Julia Michaels andJustin Tranter, appeared on the band's seventh effort, One More Light. It became theirfifth number one album. Barely two months after its release, oneweek before beginning a major American tour, Bennington was found deadat his home in Southern California; he was 41. « hide

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LPs
One More Light
2017

1.7
684 Votes
The Hunting Party
2014

3.3
1,179 Votes
Living Things
06/26/2012

2.7
1,613 Votes
A Thousand Suns
2010

2.6
2,358 Votes
Minutes to Midnight
2007

2.6
3,530 Votes
Meteora
2003

3.5
4,309 Votes
Hybrid Theory
2000

3.7
4,998 Votes
EPs
LP Underground Sixteen
2016

2.9
4 Votes
LP Underground 15
2015

2
3 Votes
LPUXIV
2014

2.8
16 Votes
LPU XIII
11/18/2013

3.1
27 Votes
LPU XII
09/09/2012

3
33 Votes
Linkin Park Underground Eleven
2011

2.8
26 Votes
Underground X
2010

3.5
42 Votes
Underground 9
2009

3.5
57 Votes
Sweet Hamster Like Jewels From America!
2008

2.2
110 Votes
Songs From The Underground
2008

3.5
68 Votes
Underground 6
2006

3.2
68 Votes
Underground 5.0
2005

2.6
40 Votes
Underground 4
2004

2.5
13 Votes
Underground 2
2002

2.7
13 Votes
Hybrid Theory EP
1999

3.8
340 Votes
Xero
1998

2.7
152 Votes
Live Albums
One More Light Live
2017

The Hunting Party: Live from Mexico
2014

3.3
2 Votes
Hybrid Theory Live Around The World
05/31/2012

3.4
11 Votes
A Thousand Suns: Puerta De Alcala
2011

2.7
38 Votes
2011 North American Tour
2011

3.6
19 Votes
Road to Revolution
2008

3.6
182 Votes
Underground 7
2008

2.7
53 Votes
Projekt Revolution 8/13/07
2007

3.1
35 Votes
Underground 3
2003

2.9
9 Votes
Frat Party At The Pankake Festival
2003

3
31 Votes
Live In Texas
2003

3.2
461 Votes
Compilations
The Hunting Party: Acapellas + Instrumentals
2014

2.8
12 Votes
Recharged
10/29/2013

1.7
183 Votes
Studio Collection 2000-2012
01/15/2013

3
4 Votes
Living Things: Acapellas & Instrumentals
06/25/2012

3
12 Votes
Reanimation
2002

2.9
1,117 Votes
In The End: Live & Rare
2002

2.8
31 Votes

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