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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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Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington: Musical Style Doesn’t Matter if It ‘Comes From a Pure Place’

Chester Bennington went in-depth about Linkin Park's poppier direction, explaining they've explored different styles before and the band writes from the heart.

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Warner Bros.

Linkin Park Unveil Lyric Video for New Song ‘Battle Symphony’

Linkin Park have revealed the second new song from their 'One More Light' album via a lyric video for the song 'Battle Symphony.'

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Fine Bros.

Teens Get Confused About Linkin Park’s New Pop Direction in ‘React’ Video

'This is what I expect from Linkin Park,' one youngster said about 'One Step Closer.' 'Not that pop s—t that they were popping out.'

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Photo By: James Minchin

Linkin Park Feel a ‘Heavy’ Burden in New Music Video

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington battles inner demons in the emotionally draining music video for the new song 'Heavy.'

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YouTube / CBS The Late Late Show With James Corden

Linkin Park Rally After Dismal Start to Late Late Show’s Bandmate Game

Linkin Park recently shot a short for The Late Late Show's 'Bandmate Game' in which they struggled with questions about each other.

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YouTube: The Late Late Show with James Corden

Watch Linkin Park Perform ‘Heavy’ on ‘The Late Late Show With James Corden’ With Guest Kiiara

Linkin Park were joined by collaborator Kiiara to perform their new song 'Heavy' on 'The Late Late Show With James Corden.'

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Michael Loccisano / Brad Barket, Getty Images

Chester Bennington: Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Approves of ‘Great’ New Linkin Park Song ‘Heavy’

Corey Taylor has repeatedly bashed pop music in the past, but has given Linkin Park's new song 'Heavy' a nod of approval.

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Chester Bennington Reveals Family Factored Into Decision to Exit Stone Temple Pilots

In a recent interview, Chester Bennington revealed how a desire to spend more time with his family factored into his exit from Stone Temple Pilots.

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Linkin Park Fan Plays New Song ‘Heavy’ in Band’s Classic Style

One Linkin Park fan is not thrilled with the band's new direction, reimagining the new single 'Heavy' in their classic style.

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Mike Shinoda: Linkin Park’s ‘Heavy’ Single Represents ‘Core Sound’ of New Album

Linkin Park's new song 'Heavy' surprised many fans with its new direction and Mike Shinoda has indicated the forthcoming album will sound just like this.

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