Linkin Park

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Linkin Park is a rock band from Agoura Hills, California. Since their formation in 1996, the band has sold more than fifty million albums and won two Grammy Awards. They achieved mainstream success with their debut album, Hybrid Theory, which was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005. Their following studio album, Meteora, continued the band’s success, topping the Billboard 200’s album charts in 2003, and was followed by extensive touring and charity work around the world.  History Originally consisting of three high school friends, Linkin Park’s foundation was anchored by Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson along with Rob Bourdon. 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 then titled 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 in progress prompted Wakefield, at that time the band’s vocalist, to leave the band in search for other projects. After spending time searching for Wakefield’s replacement, Xero recruited Arizona vocalist Chester Bennington. Bennington, formerly of Grey Daze, became a standout among applicants on account of his unique singing style. The band changed their name from Xero to Hybrid Theory. The band changed their name from Hybrid Theory to Linkin Park (From Lincoln Park). 

Linkin Park released Hybrid Theory on October 24, 2000. Hybrid Theory was well received by music fans. Singles such as “Crawling” and “One Step Closer” established themselves as staples among alternative rock radio play lists during the year. Hybrid Theory was also nominated for three Grammy Awards, including best new artist, best rock album, and best hard rock performance (for “Crawling”).MTV awarded the band their Best Rock Video and Best Direction awards for In the End. The band also formed their own tour, Projekt Revolution, which featured other notable artists such as, Cypress Hill, Adema, and Snoop Dogg.  

Following the success of Hybrid Theory and Reanimation, the band officially announced the production of a new studio album in December 2002. Meteora featured 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. Meteora sold more than 800,000 copies during its first week. Music videos for some of the album’s singles, including “Somewhere I Belong“, “Breaking the Habit“, “Faint“, and “Numb“, received significant radio attention. 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 their debut album,

The Rising Tied, to critical acclaim.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.The album’s first single, “What I’ve Done” was released on April 2, and premiered on MTV and Fuse within the same week.The band also saw success with singles such as “Bleed It Out“, “Shadow of the Day“, “Given Up“, which were released throughout 2007 and early 2008.

Linkin Park performing at Sonisphere Festival in Finland.

In May 2009, Linkin Park announced they were working on a fourth studio album, which was planned to be released on 2010. Shinoda told IGN that the new album would be ‘genre-busting,’ while building off of elements in Minutes to Midnight. He also mentioned that the album would be more experimental and “hopefully more cutting-edge.”Bennington also addressed the media to confirm that Rick Rubin would return to produce the new album. The band later revealed the album would be called A Thousand Suns.

While working on the new album, Linkin Park worked with successful film composer Hans Zimmer to produce the score for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.The band released a single for the movie, entitled “New Divide“. Joe Hahn created a music video for the song, which featured clips from the film.On June 22, Linkin Park played a short set in Westwood Village after the premier of the movie.After completing work for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the band returned to the studio to finalize their album.

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

On April 26, the band released an app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, a game called 8-Bit Rebellion! It featured the band as playable characters, and a new song called “Blackbirds” which was unlockable by beating the game. The song was also later released as an iTunes bonus track on A Thousand Suns.

A Thousand Suns was released on September 14. The album’s first single, “The Catalyst“, was released on August 2. The band promoted their new album by launching a concert tour, which started in Los Angeles on September 7.Linkin Park also relied on MySpace to promote their album, releasing two additional songs, “Waiting for the End” and “Blackout” on September 8.[63][64][65][66] Furthermore, a documentary about the album’s production, entitled A Thousand Suns: The Full Experience, was available for streaming on the band’s MySpace page.[67] 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.[68] The venue of the debut live performance of the single was Griffith Observatory, an iconic location used in Hollywood movies.”Waiting for the End” was released as the second single of A Thousand Suns.

Linkin Park reached No.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 No.92 in the “Top Artists” chart, as well as A Thousand Suns reaching No.53 in the Year-End chart of the Billboard Top 200 albumsand No.7 in the 2010 Year-End Rock Albums, and “The Catalyst” reaching No.40 in the Year-End Rock Songs chart.

On January 11, 2011, an updated version of Download to Donate for Haiti was launched, called Download to Donate for Haiti V2.0, with more songs to download. For the updated compilation, the band released Keaton Hashimoto’s remix of “The Catalyst” from the “Linkin Park featuring YOU” contest.Burning in the Skies” was released as the third official single of A Thousand Suns on March 21, 2011.

Shinoda designed two t-shirts, in which the proceeds will go to Music For Relief to help the victims of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami disasters. Music For Relief released Download to Donate: Tsunami Relief Japan, another compilation of songs, in which the proceeds will go to Save the Children.

On April 13, 2011, Shinoda confirmed that the album’s fourth single will be “Iridescent“. He also confirmed that there will be a new, slightly shorter version of the song, which will be part of the soundtrack of the upcoming film Transformers: Dark of the Moon, continuing the streak of Linkin Park songs being the theme songs of the Transformers films (after “What I’ve Done” and “New Divide”), as well as the fact that a music video will be shot for the single.The video was directed by Joe Hahn, who directed the videos for both of the previous songs.

The band were nominated for six Billboard Awards in 2011 for Top Duo/Group, Best Rock Album for A Thousand Suns, Top Rock Artist, Top Alternative Artist, Top Alternative Song for “Waiting for the End” and Top Alternative Album for A Thousand Suns, but did not win any award.

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  1. when did yall crete your band.when did you start playing as a band together

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