Tuesday, 14 April 2015

L is for Linkin Park



Linkin Park is a nu metal band that rose to prominence during the genre's heyday in the early 2000s. They are considered one of the decades most successful bands, having sold more than 60 million albums. Their lineup includes Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington, Joseph Hahn, Rob Bourdon, Dave Farrell and Brad Delson.

Their first album, Hybrid Theory, was released in 2000. It contained the hit singles, In the End and Crawling, the latter of which won them a Grammy award for Best Hard Rock Performance. The album was named the bestselling album of 2001, for selling close to 5 million copies during its first year of release. It has since been certified Diamond for shipping over 10 million copies.

The band released a compilation of remixes in 2002, titled Reanimation. It featured contributions from the likes of Korn frontman, Jonathan Davis, as well as Aaron Lewis of the band, Staind. Their second studio album, Meteora, was released in 2003. It continued the success they had found with Hybrid Theory, producing the hit singles Somewhere I Belong, Faint, Breaking The Habit and Numb.

A live album, Live in Texas, was released by the band in late 2003, featuring performances of songs from their previous three albums. They also released a collaborative album, Collison Course, with rapper Jay Z, which was a mashup of preexisting songs between them. The project spawned the hit single, Numb/Encore, which earned both of them a Grammy in the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category.

For their 2007 album, Minutes to Midnight, the band decided to drop their heavier nu metal sound in favor of a stripped down alternative rock sound, a move that would alienate a significant portion of their existing fanbase. But the album itself proved relatively successful, producing the hit single, What I've Done, which was featured on the Transformers movie soundtrack. They would go on to contribute songs to the next two Transformers sequels, even helping to score the second one.

The band has released three more albums since outgrowing their nu metal sound, A Thousand Suns (2010), Living Things (2012), and The Hunting Party (2014), and a second remix album, Recharged (2013), none of which has managed to capture the same level of success as they had with their first two studio albums. Regardless, the band continues to be recognized for their contribution to the genre, as well as the experimental nature of their recent material.

Linkin Park is perhaps best known for the creativity behind their music videos, most of which typically showcase their love for science fiction and the otherworldly. A prime example of this would be their video for Somewhere I Belong, a song that helped cement their position as one of my all-time favorite rock bands.


34 comments:

  1. I loved the music at the turn of the century. Linkin Park had such a distinctive sound, but I haven't listened to much of their recent stuff.

    Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

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    1. That was arguably their best music, their turn-of-the-century stuff.

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  2. They were very unique when they first came out. I have their first couple albums, but like Annalisa, I haven't listened to them recently.

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    1. Their last album, The Hunting Party, was a throwback to some of their heavier stuff, so you should probably consider checking that one out someday.

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  3. Numb... My favourite Linkin Park track! *_*

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    1. Oh, yes, Numb. One of the awesome songs on Meteora. And just when we thought it couldn't get any more awesome, they went and mashed it up with Jay Z's Encore for even more awesomeness. :D

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  4. Linkin Park!!! One of my favorites. Where did they go?

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    1. They grew up I guess, and dropped all of the teenage angst, but they've never really stopped making music. :)

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  5. Another one of my high school favorites!

    Good luck with the A to Z Challenge!
    S. L. Hennessy
    http://pensuasion.blogspot.com/

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    1. It seems we were jamming to the same kind of tunes in high school, you and me. :)

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  6. "What I've Done" is a favorite.

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    1. It's one of mine as well, and one of their few post nu metal hits.

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  7. Linkin Park always reminds me of college and my first years out of college. Good times.

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    1. Glad I could conjure up those memories, Lauren. Their music has stayed with me through the years, but I remember discovering it for the first time, way back in high school. :)

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  8. I like Numb, and the version with Jay-Z was pretty entertaining too.

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    1. I like both versions as well, although I have a slight preference for the Jay Z version. Emphasis on the word slight. :)

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  9. I remember when my daughter used to listen to Linkin Park--I lost track of a lot of bands when she left home! Now I have to make my own discoveries again. :)

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    1. I tend to follow various music charts, which is how I discover new music, primarily. But some of my favorite acts and band are the ones I just happened to stumble upon on the radio or on the internet somewhere, without actively seeking out new music. :)

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  10. Hybrid Theory is still one my most favorite albums of all time.

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    Tim Brannan, The Other Side Blog
    2015 A to Z of Vampires
    http://theotherside.timsbrannan.com/

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    1. Mine too. It never gets old, even after the rather unceremonious death of nu metal that followed a few years after its release.

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    2. Which was too bad really. I felt we were on the crest of something cool.

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