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Minutes To Midnight (Clean Version)
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2007-05-15
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Wake (1:40)
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Given Up (3:09)
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Leave Out All the Rest (3:31)
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Bleed It Out (2:44)
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Shadow of the Day (4:52)
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What I've Done (3:25)
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Hands Held High (3:53)
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No More Sorrow (3:41)
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Valentine's Day (3:16)
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In Between (3:16)
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In Pieces (3:38)
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The Little Things Give You Away (6:23)
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Minutes to Midnight is the third studio album by American rock band Linkin Park. Released on May 14, 2007, through Warner Bros. Records, the album debuted at number one in the United States and in 15 other countries, including the United Kingdom and Canada. The album was produced by Mike Shinoda and Rick Rubin. Minutes to Midnight features a shift in the group's musical direction.

Linkin Park started work on their third studio album which begun in 2003. However, while touring to support Meteora in 2004 before the project was resumed later, they postponed work on it. Mike Shinoda formed Fort Minor, while Chester Bennington formed Dead by Sunrise. They returned to working on the record, as they have Rick Rubin produce it with Shinoda. They took on a different musical direction afterward. A few unrevealed-to-the-public mistakes occurred while recording the album, postponing it to several dates. Within mixing the album, some touches were added. After artwork and the rest of it was complete they decided to release "What I've Done" as its lead single by April 2007. It was finally released in North America on May 15, 2007.

In the United States, the album had the biggest first week sales of 2007 at the time, with 625,000 albums sold, going on to be certified double platinum in the United States, New Zealand, Italy, Ireland, and Australia and certified platinum in Canada, France, Switzerland and in the UK. Despite its commercial success, Minutes to Midnight received mixed reviews from critics. Rolling Stone magazine named it the twenty-fifth best album of 2007.ROBERT CHRISTGAU, DAVID FRICKE, CHRISTIAN HOARD, ROB SHEFFIELD (December 17, 2007). Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-12-20. It was ranked #154 on Billboards Hot 200 Albums of the Decade.http

Background

In an interview, lead singer Chester Bennington explained that the album is "a mix of punk, classic rock, and hip-hop standards" and that "Rick has brought more of a stripped down, classic-rock and hip-hop kind of feel."

In another interview, Bennington stated: "This time around, Mike Shinoda is singing a lot more. It may seem like he's not on the record, but he's doing a lot of the harmonies. He also sings a couple of songs alone. We're presenting ourselves in a different way."Folhateen Article. April 3, 2007.

Recording and composition

Guitarist Brad Delson experimented with an EBow when the band was piecing together "The Little Things Give You Away". The band decided not to use the effect for the solo in that song and instead ended up creating "No More Sorrow" out of the effect. In "Given Up", he jingles the keys that are heard while several clap sounds are overlayed in the intro of the song (as mentioned in the lyric book). Shinoda and Delson teamed up with David Campbell to add string elements to six songs; "Leave Out All the Rest", "Shadow of the Day", "Hands Held High", "The Little Things Give You Away", as well as the two b-sides "No Roads Left" and "Blackbirds" (which was instead later used in the iPhone game 8-Bit Rebellion!), respectively. All scratching elements by Joe Hahn that existed in the previous two studio albums are largely absent because of the low mixing, except on the songs "What I've Done", "Wake", "The Little Things Give You Away", "Valentine's Day" and "In Pieces". Hahn contributes more with programming, electronica, and other elements to many of the songs. The church organ and military drumbeat on "Hands Held High" were originally to be used as the backdrop to melodic vocals, but Rubin recommended that the band try the opposite approach according to the album booklet. In live performances, Brad Delson plays keyboard on this song (the only song on which he does not play guitar). "Shadow of the Day" is one of two songs (the other being "No Roads Left") to have Bennington playing the guitar. During live performances, Shinoda is generally playing the keyboard for "Shadow of the Day", while Bennington plays rhythm guitar. Shinoda stated in an interview: "We were looking back at the things that we had done in the past... and I think we just figured that we had exhausted that sound. It was easy for us to replicate, it was easy for other bands to replicate, and we just needed to move on."

Shinoda performs his rapping vocals on only two tracks, "Bleed It Out" and "Hands Held High". This is a significant decrease compared to the amount of rapping on previous albums. The rap vocals on "Hands Held High" are much closer styled to Mike Shinoda's side project Fort Minor than his traditional Linkin Park verses. All the songs that contain rap vocals also contain profanity, unlike their other records, particularly "fuck". Despite a decrease of Mike Shinoda as rapper, he has three solo lead songs on the record: "Hands Held High", "In Between" and the bonus track "No Roads Left". He also sings lead in "Bleed It Out". "What I've Done", "Shadow of the Day", "No More Sorrow" and "The Little Things Give You Away" features backing vocals from Shinoda at the end. Minutes to Midnight is also Linkin Park's first album to feature guitar solos, particularly in the tracks "In Pieces" and "The Little Things Give You Away". Also, unlike the previous two studio albums, Minutes to Midnight contains profanityand thus the first Linkin Park album to contain a Parental Advisory and politically-charged lyrics.

Release, promotion and reception

Commercial

Minutes to Midnight was delayed several times before its release. First scheduled to be released in the summer of 2006, it was later postponed to the fall of 2006, then again to early 2007. The album's release date was finally set for May 14, 2007. In Canada, the album was released on May 15, 2007. There are non-Parental Advisory releases of both the regular album and the special edition album. The songs "Given Up", "Bleed It Out", and "Hands Held High" are edited. In Malaysia, the edited version for the album is available in digipak cover while the explicit edition available for the Tour Edition which features white slipcase cardboard cover and a standard jewel case. In the United States, the album had the biggest first week sales of 2007 at the time, with 625,000 albums sold. Worldwide, the album shipped over 3.3 million copies in its first four weeks of release.

A year after the release of Minutes to Midnight, the band released ten different covers that were originally used as consideration for the final cover for the album prior to its release. The band made all ten of these covers available for fans to use as the album art on iTunes. Five singles were released from the album: "What I've Done", "Bleed It Out", "Shadow of the Day", "Given Up", and "Leave Out All the Rest". Although "Given Up" and "Leave Out All the Rest" had not been released as singles until early March 2008, "Given Up" had already charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Pop 100 charts at numbers 99 and 78 respectively in 2007, and "Leave Out All the Rest" had already charted on Billboard's Pop 100 chart at number 98 and Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart at number 17 in 2007. The songs "Hands Held High" and "No More Sorrow" also charted on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart at numbers 23 and 24, respectively, in 2007.

Critical

Minutes to Midnight received generally mixed reviews, based on an aggregate score of 56/100 from Metacritic,. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2009-11-08. with critics showing approval, disapproval and indifference in almost equal measure.

Rolling Stone gave Minutes to Midnight 4 out of 5 stars, stating that "most of Minutes is honed, metallic pop with a hip-hop stride and a wake-up kick",Fricke, David. . Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2009-11-08. and it was placed at #25 in their list of the Top 50 Albums of 2007. IGN referred to it as "definitely a step in the right direction and a stepping stone for things to come".Spence D. . IGN. Retrieved on 2009-11-08. In his review, About.coms Bill Lamb considered the album "an impressive achievement", and went on to write that "Linkin Park handles their explorations of a direction forward with impressive grace here".Lamb, Bill. . About.com. Retrieved on 2009-11-08. Herald Sun writer Karen Tye gave it 3½ out of 4 stars and praised the band's new sound, "Who knew being a plain old rock band could suit Linkin Park so well?".Tye, Karen. "". Herald Sun: 2007. Despite commending the band for their ambition, The Guardians Caroline Sullivan gave the album 3 out of 5 stars and perceived "their decision to stay roughly within the shrieky boundaries of their genre" as a weakness, while writing that "the sound still pivots on the interplay of walloping guitar chords and self-flagellating lyrics".Sullivan, Caroline. . The Guardian. Retrieved on 2009-11-08.

Among those with a more negative view of the album was Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic, who described the album's sound as "passé" and summed the band's effort up as "opting to create a muddled, colorless murk", giving it 2 and a half out of 5 stars.Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. . Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-11-08. NME magazine's Dan Silver gave it a rating of 2/10, calling it the "sound of a band trying and failing to forge a new identity", and referring to the song "Hands Held High", a song about terrorist attacks and war, as "far and away the funniest thing you will hear all year".Silver, Dan. . NME. Retrieved on 2009-11-08.

Appearances in popular media

* On December 20, 2007, "No More Sorrow" was released as downloadable content for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

* "What I've Done" is a playable song on the game Guitar Hero World Tour, is featured in the film Transformers, and is available in a Linkin Park DLC pack for Rock Band 3.

* "Leave Out All the Rest" is featured in the 2008 film Twilight and on the soundtrack album.

* "Given Up" was featured in the trailer for Crank: High Voltage, a film in which Bennington also makes a cameo appearance and is included as a master track in the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii versions of the music video game Rock Revolution.

*A CSI episode is titled "Leave Out All the Rest", and the song is used in the beginning and the ending of that episode.

* "Bleed It Out" is featured in the 2010 video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.

* In 2010, Philadelphia Phillies closer Brad Lidge used the "No More Sorrow" as his intro music.

Personnel

;Linkin Park

*Chester Bennington – lead vocals, rhythm guitar on track 5 and the b-side "No Roads Left"

*Rob Bourdon – drums

*Brad Delson – lead guitar, programming on track 7

*Dave "Phoenix" Farrell – bass guitar

*Joseph Hahn – turntables, synthesizer, programming

*Mike Shinoda – vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals

;Production

*Produced by Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda

*Engineered by Dana Nielsen, Andrew Scheps and Ethan Mates

*Engineering assisted by Phillip Broussard, Jr.

*Mixed by Neil Avron

*Mixing assisted by Nicolas Fournier and George Gumbs

*Mastered by Dave Collins

;Guest musicians

*David Campbell – string arrangements and conduction on tracks 3, 5, 7 and 12

*Mike Shinoda, and Brad Delson, string arrangements on tracks 3, 5, 7 and 12

*Armen Garabedian – violin on tracks 3, 5, 7 and 12

*Charlie Bisharat – violin on tracks 3, 5, 7 and 12

*Gerry Hilera – violin on tracks 3, 5, 7 and 12

*Josefina Vergara – violin on tracks 3, 5, 7 and 12

*Julian Hallmark – violin on tracks 3, 5, 7 and 12

*Mario DeLeon – violin on tracks 3, 5, 7 and 12

*Natalie Leggett – violin on tracks 3, 5, 7 and 12

*Sara Parkins – violin on tracks 3, 5, 7 and 12

*Songa Lee-Kitto – violin on tracks 3, 5, 7 and 12

*Andrew Picken – viola on tracks 3, 5, 7 and 12

*Matt Funes – viola on tracks 3, 5, 7 and 12

*Larry Corbett – cello on tracks 3, 5, 7 and 12

*Suzie Katayama – cello on tracks 3, 5, 7 and 12

References

Category:Linkin Park albums

Category:Linkin Park video albums

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Category:Warner Bros. Records albums

Category:Albums produced by Rick Rubin

Category:2007 albums

Category:Albums produced by Mike Shinoda

Category:Concept albums

Category:Albums certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan

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Artist/Band Information

Linkin Park is an American rock band from Agoura Hills, California. Formed in 1996, the band rose to international fame with their debut album, Hybrid Theory, which was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005 and multi-platinum in several other countries.Recording Industry Association of America, , Retrieved on June 13, 2007 Its following studio album, Meteora, continued the band's success, topping the Billboard 200 album chart in 2003, and was followed by extensive touring and charity work around the world.Soundspike.com,

, Retrieved on March 19, 2007 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 and Coldplay.

Having adapted the nu metal and rap metal genres to a radio-friendly yet densely layered style in Hybrid Theory and Meteora,MSN Music, , Retrieved on June 14, 2007 the band explored other genres in their next studio album, Minutes to Midnight, which was released in 2007. The album topped the Billboard charts and had the third best debut week of any album that year.Billboard.com, , Retrieved on May 28, 2007Billboard.com, , Retrieved on May 28, 2007 The band has collaborated with several other artists, most notably with rapper Jay-Z in their mashup EP Collision Course, and many others included on Reanimation. The band's most recent work, the concept album A Thousand Suns, was released on September 8, 2010. Linkin Park has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and has won two Grammy Awards.Rock On The Net, , Retrieved on June 9, 2007Rock On The Net , Retrieved on June 14, 2006

History

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.AskMen.com, Retrieved on March 20, 2007 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. The lack of success and stalemate in progress prompted Wakefield, at that time the band's vocalist, to leave the band in search of other projects. Farrell also left to tour with Tasty Snax and other bands.MusicMight.com, Retrieved on March 20, 2007Livedaily.com, Retrieved on March 20, 2007

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.Lptimes.com, Retrieved on March 20, 2007 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. The newborn vocal chemistry between Shinoda and Bennington helped revive the band, inciting them to work on new material. The band’s renaissance culminated with a change in name; from Hybrid Theory, the band once again changed its name, this time to Linkin Park, a play on and homage to Santa Monica’s Lincoln Park.AskMen.com, Retrieved on March 20, 2007 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.

Hybrid Theory (2000–2002)

Linkin Park released Hybrid Theory on October 24, 2000. The album, which represented half a decade’s worth of the band’s work, was edited by Don Gilmore. Hybrid Theory was a massive commercial success; it sold more than 4.8 million copies during its debut year, earning it the status of best-selling album of 2001, while singles such as "Crawling" and "One Step Closer" established themselves as staples among alternative rock radio play lists during the year. Additionally, other singles from the album were featured in films such as Dracula 2000, Little Nicky, and Valentine. Hybrid Theory won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance for the song "Crawling" and was nominated for two other Grammy Awards: Best New Artist and Best Rock Album.United Stations Radio Network, Retrieved on March 26, 2007 MTV awarded the band their Best Rock Video and Best Direction awards for "In the End". Through the winning of the Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance, Hybrid Theory’s overall success had catapulted the band into mainstream success.

During this time, Linkin Park received many invitations to perform on many high-profile tours and concerts including Ozzfest, Family Values Tour and KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas.MTV.com, Retrieved on March 26, 2007 The band also formed its own tour, Projekt Revolution, which featured other notable artists such as, Cypress Hill, Adema, and Snoop Dogg. Within a year’s stretch, Linkin Park had performed at over 320 concerts. The experiences and performances of the precocious band were documented in its first DVD, Frat Party at the Pankake Festival, which debuted in November 2001. Now reunited with former bassist Phoenix, the band began work on a remix album, dubbed Reanimation, which would include works from Hybrid Theory and non-album tracks also. Reanimation debuted on July 30, 2002, featuring the likes of Black Thought, Jonathan Davis, Aaron Lewis, and many others.United Stations Radio Network, Retrieved on March 26, 2007 Reanimation claimed the second spot on the Billboard 200, and sold nearly 270,000 copies during its debut week.Yahoo! Music, Retrieved on March 26, 2007

Meteora (2002–2004)

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.Warner Bros. Records, "The Making of Meteora" (2003) DVD, Released on March 25, 2003. 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 have been built on top of the rocks.MTV.com, Retrieved on June 10, 2006 Meteora features a mixture of the band's previous nu metal and rapcore styles with newer innovative effects, including the induction of a shakuhachi (a Japanese flute made of bamboo) and other instruments. Linkin Park's second album debuted on March 25, 2003 and instantly earned worldwide recognition, going to #1 in the US and UK, and #2 in Australia.

Meteora sold more than 800,000 copies during its first week, and it ranked as the best selling album on the Billboard charts at the time.Yahoo! Music, Retrieved on April 8, 2007 The album's singles, including "Somewhere I Belong", "Breaking the Habit", "Faint", and "Numb", received significant radio attention.Yahoo! Music, Retrieved on April 8, 2007 By October 2003, Meteora sold nearly three million copies.LAUNCH Radio Networks, Retrieved on April 8, 2007 The album's success allowed Linkin Park to form another Projekt Revolution, which featured other bands and artists including, Mudvayne, Blindside, and Xzibit. Additionally, Metallica invited Linkin Park to play at the Summer Sanitarium Tour 2003, which included well-known acts such as Limp Bizkit, Mudvayne and Deftones.VH1.com, Retrieved on April 8, 2007 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. In early 2004, Linkin Park started a world tour titled the Meteora World Tour. Supporting bands on the tour included Hoobastank, P.O.D. and Story of the Year.

Meteora earned the band multiple awards and honors. The band won the MTV awards for Best Rock Video for "Somewhere I Belong" and the Viewer's Choice Award for "Breaking the Habit".Ringsurf.com, Retrieved on April 4, 2007 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. Although Meteora was not nearly as successful as Hybrid Theory, it was the third best selling album in the United States during 2003. The band spent the first few months of 2004 touring around the world, first with the third Projekt Revolution tour, and later several European concerts.

Side projects (2004–2006)

MikeShinodainBKK.JPGthumb120pxleftMike Shinoda interviewed with MTV Thailand in Bangkok

Following Meteoras success, the band postponed working on a new studio album for the next few years. Instead, Linkin Park continued to tour and work on many side projects. Bennington appeared on DJ Lethal’s "State of the Art" and other work with Dead by Sunrise, while Shinoda did work with Depeche Mode. In 2004, the band began to work with Jay-Z to produce another remix album, entitled Collision Course. The album, which featured intermixed lyrics and background tracks from both artists' previous albums, debuted in November 2004. Shinoda also formed a new band, Fort Minor, as a side project. With the aid of Jay-Z, Fort Minor released its debut album, The Rising Tied, to critical acclaim.Machine Shop, Retrieved on April 23, 2007 At the same time, the band's relationship with Warner Bros. Records was deteriorating rapidly on account of several trust and financial issues.Rolling Stone, Retrieved on May 12, 2007 After months of feuding, the band finally negotiated a deal in December 2005.Aversion, Retrieved on May 12, 2007

Linkin Park also participated in numerous charitable events, most notably raised money to benefit victims of Hurricane Charley in 2004 and later hurricane Katrina in 2005. The band donated $75,000 to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation in March 2004. They also helped relief efforts for the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami victims by staging several charity concerts and setting up an additional fund called "Music for Relief".VoaNews, Retrieved on May 12, 2007 Most notably, however, the band participated at Live 8, a series of charitable benefit concerts set up to raise global awareness.The Linkin Park Times, Retrieved on May 12, 2007 Alongside Jay-Z, the band performed on Live 8's stage in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to a global audience. The band would later be reunited with Jay-Z at the Grammy Award Ceremony 2006, during which they performed "Numb/Encore", en route to winning a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.About.com, , Retrieved on June 9, 2007 They were joined on stage by Paul McCartney who added verses from the song Yesterday. They would later go on to play at the 2006 Summer Sonic music festival, which was hosted by Metallica in Japan.Linkinpark.com, , Retrieved on June 9, 2007

Minutes to Midnight (2006–2008)

Linkin Park at the Novarock Festival.jpg250pxthumbrightLinkin Park performing at 2007's Novarock Festival

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.MTV.com, , Retrieved on June 9, 2007 The band had recorded thirty to fifty songs in August 2006, when Shinoda stated the album was halfway completed.MTV.com, , Retrieved on June 9, 2007 Bennington later added that the new album would stray away from its previous nu metal sound.MTV.com, , Retrieved on June 9, 2007 Warner Bros. Records officially announced that the band’s third studio album, entitled Minutes to Midnight, would be released on May 15, 2007 in the United States.Warner Bros. Records, , Retrieved on June 9, 2007 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.MTV.com, , Retrieved on June 9, 2007 Minutes to Midnight sold over 625,000 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 album's first single, "What I've Done" was released on April 2, and premiered on MTV and Fuse within the same week.Videostatic, , Retrieved on December 19, 2007. The single was acclaimed by listeners, becoming the top-ranked song on the Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts.Billboard.com, Retrieved on June 9, 2007 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.ShowBuzz.com, , Retrieved on March 21, 2008. The band also saw success with the rest of the albums singles, "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", which was released on April 29., aCharts. Accessed May 12, 2008

Linkin Park's touring and live shows have, among other things, included a performance at Live Earth Japan on July 7, 2007.Billboard.com, , Retrieved on July 12, 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 in London. Bennington stated that Linkin Park plans to release a follow-up album to Minutes to Midnight.Billboard.com, , Retrieved on February 13, 2008. However, he stated the band will first embark on a United States tour to gather inspiration for the album. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Bennington said that the band had already begun writing new material for the album, and Shinoda too stated that the album could well be released in late 2009. Mike Shinoda also announced a live CD/DVD entitled "Road to Revolution: Live at Milton Keynes", which is a live video recording from the Projekt Revolution gig at the Milton Keynes Bowl on 29 June 2008, which was officially released on 24 November 2008.Rollingstone.com, , Retrieved on May 14, 2008.

A Thousand Suns (2008–present)

In October 2008 Mike 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."Mike shinoda blog,

In December 2008, Digidesign gave the band the opportunity to preview the new Pro Tools 8 software. The experiment resulted in an instrumental song called "Lockjaw" performed by Shinoda and Bourdon.

In April 2009, Shinoda revealed on his blog that Linkin Park would be working on the score for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen with successful film composer, Hans Zimmer. MikeShinoda.com April 24, 2009. On May 7, it was further confirmed that the song recorded for the film was titled "New Divide", and was released as a single on May 18. MikeShinoda.com. May 7, 2009.Ditzian, Eric MTV News. May 7, 2009. 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 place on the street in Westwood Village.

In May 2009, Linkin Park announced that they were working on their fourth album to be released in 2010, with the aim for it to be "genre-busting." Shinoda also stated recently in an interview with IGN that the new album would have in comparison to Minutes to Midnight a bigger "thread of consistency" and would also be more experimental and "hopefully more cutting-edge". Additionally Bennington confirmed that Rick Rubin would return to produce the new album.

In July 2009, Linkin Park played at the Sonisphere Festival in Europe. They also played at the Epicenter music festival In August 2009.

Mike Shinoda, Mr. Hahn & Chester Bennington, Linkin Park @ Sonisphere.jpg190pxthumbleftLinkin Park performing at Sonisphere Festival in Finland.

On January 19, 2010, Linkin Park released a new song entitled "Not Alone" as part of a compilation from Music for Relief in support of the Haiti Earthquake crisis. On February 10, 2010, Linkin Park released the official music video for the song on their homepage.

The band has produced a video game titled 8-Bit Rebellion!, released April 26, 2010, for the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. The game includes a new song, "Blackbirds", which is unlocked when the player completes the game. Mike Shinoda has also stated that the game will be regularly updated with new content over time.

On June 6, the band revealed that its new album was nearing completion, and announced the first five dates for their first tour for 2010. The tour began in Los Angeles, California on September 7. Retrieved on June 6, 2010 Six days later, Shinoda revealed that Linkin Park has almost made its decisions for all of the final qualities for the album, which include the track listing, album title, and cover art. Retrieved on June 16, 2010

On July 8, Linkin Park officially announced that their new album, A Thousand Suns, is scheduled to be released on September 14. The album's first single, "The Catalyst," was released on August 2, 2010. A second song, Wretches and Kings, was released on September 2 to people who pre-ordered the album through Linkin Park's official website (which was in keeping with the band's promise that those who pre-ordered the album through the official website would receive music before any other outlet). On September 8, 2010, the band further debuted two more tracks "Waiting for the End" and "Blackout" on their Myspace Page.

The band, on their official website declared the "Full Experience Myspace Premiere" of the album on September 10. On August 31, 2010, It was announced that the band would perform the single live for the first at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, 2010. The venue of the debut live performance of the single was Griffith Observatory, an iconic location used in Hollywood Movies. However, the venue was held secret till the performance, but was revealed to be a prominent landmark of Los Angeles. "Waiting for the End" was released as the second single of A Thousand Suns. The band is currently supporting the album by their A Thousand Suns World Tour which has select dates in various countries.

The band have also released a new compilation exclusively for Linkin Park Underground members entitled Underground X: Demos, which contains multiple unreleased songs and demos.

The band reached #8 in Billboard Social 50, a chart of the most active artists on the world's leading social networking sites. In other Billboard Year-End charts, the band reached #92 in the "Top Artists" chart, as well as A Thousand Suns reaching #53 in the Year-End chart of the Billboard Top 200 albums and #7 in the 2010 Year-End Rock Albums, and "The Catalyst" reaching #40 in the Year-End Rock Songs chart.

"Burning in the Skies" will be released as the third official single of A Thousand Suns in March 21, 2011. The band ended their United States tour in March 3, 2011.

Musical style

Both Hybrid Theory and Meteora combine the alternative metal, nu metal, and rap rock sound with influences and elements from hip-hop, alternative rock, and electronica, utilizing programming and synthesizers. William Ruhlmann from Allmusic regarded it as "a Johnny-come-lately to an already overdone musical style,"Ruhlmann, William. Allmusic.com , Retrieved on May 30, 2007 whereas Rolling Stone described their song "Breaking the Habit" as "risky, beautiful art".Rolling Stones , Retrieved on May 30, 2007

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.Calendarlive.com, Retrieved on May 30, 2007 In it, only two of the songs feature rapping, and the majority of the album can be considered alternative rock.IGN, , Retrieved on January 27, 2008.MetaCritic, . Retrieved on January 27, 2008. NME magazine's Dan Silver criticized the band's approach, calling it the "sound of a band trying and failing to forge a new identity", and referring to the song "Hands Held High", a song about terrorist attacks and war, as "far and away the funniest thing you will hear all year".Silver, Dan. .NME. Retrieved on 2009-11-08.

The vocal interplay between Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda plays as a major part within Linkin Park's music, with Bennington being the lead vocalist and Shinoda as the rapping vocalist. On Linkin Park's third album, Minutes to Midnight, Shinoda sings lead vocals on "In Between", "Hands Held High", and on the B-side "No Roads Left". In The Catalyst, the first single from the band's fourth album, A Thousand Suns, both Shinoda and Bennington sing. On the most of tracks off the record, the band notably used electronic drumbeats along with outro drumbeats. The album has been regarded as a turning point in the band's musical career by notable critics. James Montgomery, of MTV compared the record to Radiohead's Kid A, while Jordy Kasko of Review, Rinse, Repeat likened the album to both Kid A and Pink Floyd's landmark album The Dark Side of the Moon. Shinoda stated that he and the other band members were deeply influenced by Chuck D and Public Enemy, further elucidating "Public Enemy were very three-dimensional with their records because although they seemed political, there was a whole lot of other stuff going on in there too. It made me think how three-dimensional I wanted our record to be without imitating them of course, and show where we were at creatively". The record further features a "Political Element" consisting notable speeches by American political figures.

Band members

;Current members

* Chester Charles "Ches" Bennington – vocals (since 1999)

* Rob Bourdon – drums (since 1996)

* Bradford Phillip "Brad" Delson – lead guitar, backing vocals (since 1996)

* David "Phoenix" Farrell – bass guitar, backing vocals (1996–1998, 1999, since 2001)

* Joseph "Joe" Hahn – turntables, keyboard, samples, backing vocals (since 1996)

* Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda – vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboard, production (since 1996)

;Former members

* Mark Wakefield - vocals (1996–1998)

* Kyle Christener

* Scott Koziol

* Ian Hornbeck

Discography

;Studio albums

* Hybrid Theory (2000)

* Meteora (2003)

* Minutes to Midnight (2007)

* A Thousand Suns (2010)

See also

* List of awards and nominations received by Linkin Park

* List of best-selling music artists

* List of best-selling albums in the United States

* List of best-selling albums worldwide

References

Literature

* Saulmon, Greg. Linkin Park. Contemporary Musicians and Their Music. New York: Rosen Pub. Group, 2007. ISBN 1-4042-0713-9.

* Baltin, Steve. From The Inside: Linkin Park's Meteora. California: Bradson Press, 2004. ISBN 0-9603574-1-6.





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