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At a time when heavy music was undergoing a major transition, due to the competing forces of ‘90s grunge and emerging nu-metal, Linkin Park combined both influences with added hip hop elements and proceeded to conquer the world nearly overnight with what they called their ‘Hybrid Theory.’ This was of course the title given the first album released in 2000 by the group, which had been formed in Agoura Hills, California, around 1996, by Mike Shinoda (vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards) and Brad Delson (gui-tar, bass), prior to recruiting Chester Bennington (lead vocals), Joe Hahn (turntables, sampling) and Rob Bourdon (drums). A runaway success, ‘Hybrid Theory’ spun off four chart-dominating singles and immediately established Linkin Park as the new millennium’s first rising stars, as it went on to earn a rare Diamond award for U.S. sales in ex-cess of ten million albums, and an estimated 17 million more, worldwide. In the meantime, Linkin Park proved their mettle as performers by packing arenas and stadiums all over the world — then they defeated the infamous sophomore slump by shifting some 20 million copies of 2003’s ‘Meteora,’ and another 15 million of 2007’s Rick Rubin-produced third album, ‘Minutes to Midnight.’ Linkin Park began experimenting with their signature sound on 2010’s increasingly electronic ‘A Thousand Suns,’ which drew critical comparisons to Radiohead, but they brought more guitars into 2012’s ‘Living Things’ and especially 2014’s back-to-basics ‘The Hunting Party’ — all of which earned merely Gold certifications in America, but once again sold millions of composite copies across the globe. It’s fair to assume that the group will continue to concentrate on this interna-tional fan base as they carry on developing their hybrid sound in intriguing new directions.

   
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Isaac Brekken, Getty Images

Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington on Manchester Terror Attack: ‘Hate, Pride, Vengeance + Fear Are the Plague of the Earth’

After the Manchester terror attack, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington offered condolences and spoke of a need for love, kindness and compassion.

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Chester Bennington to Those Who Think Linkin Park Sold Out: ‘I Will Punch You In Your F–king Mouth,’ ‘You’re a F–king P–sy’

Chester Bennington was fired up when discussing the backlash Linkin Park have faced since transitioning to pop music on their new album.

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YouTube: Adrian Frant

Linkin Park Dedicate ‘One More Light’ Performance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ to Chris Cornell

In honor of Chris Cornell, Linkin Park dedicated their 'Kimmel' performance on 'One More Light' to the late singer.

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Photo by James Minchin
Photo by James Minchin

Linkin Park Rock New York’s Grand Central Terminal, React to Teens’ Critiques

Linkin Park rock New York's Grand Central Terminal for 'Good Morning America' and Mike Shinoda reacts to a video of teens critiquing Linkin Park's music.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Loudwire Podcast #21 – The Linkin Park Rant + RIP Chris Cornell

Podcast hosts Graham Hartmann and Joe DiVita sat down to dissect Linkin Park’s new pop direction and the multitude of reactions from music fans.

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YouTube: Good Mythical Morning

Linkin Park Serve Up Rap Metal + Children’s Jingle Samplings of Songs About Cup Noodles + More

Linkin Park relive their old school sound in this comedic video attempting to uncover a correlation between different musical sounds and their impact on taste.

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Brad Barket / D Dipasupil, Getty Images

Corey Taylor Addresses Chester Bennington’s ‘Move the F–k On’ Comments: ‘Be Fortunate for What You Have’

In response to Chester Bennington’s recent comments telling fans to 'move the f—k on' from 'Hybrid Theory,' Slipknot's Corey Taylor offered his thoughts.

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James Minchin, Getty Images

Linkin Park Deliver Melodic New Song ‘Invisible,’ Book ‘Good Morning America’ Concert Series Date

Linkin Park are back with a melodic, mid-tempo new track 'Invisible,' and the band has also booked a spot for the 'Good Morning America' concert series.

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James Stafford, Loudwire

Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington: ‘Hybrid Theory’ Was ‘Great’ But It’s Time to ‘Move the F–k On!’

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington discusses those who have accused the band of selling out and who are still holding onto 'Hybrid Theory.'

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Christopher Polk / Randy Shropshire, Getty Images

Linkin Park Add Snoop Dogg as Opener for October 2017 Shows

Linkin Park continue to provide fans with eclectic concert experiences, adding a handful of West Coast shows with Snoop Dogg.

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