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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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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

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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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Linkin Park Announce New Album ‘One More Light,’ Debut New Song ‘Heavy’ + Play Facebook Live Event

Linkin Park have scheduled a Facebook Live event to perform their new single 'Heavy' today.

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Linkin Park Unveil New Album Cover Art + Lyrics to ‘Heavy’ Single

Linkin Park have unveiled the album art for their still untitled new album along with the lyrics to the first single, 'Heavy.'

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Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington + Korn’s Brian ‘Head’ Welch Lead April 2017 Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp Lineup in Los Angeles

Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington and Korn guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch will lead the April 2017 Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp in Los Angeles.

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Linkin Park Team With MadeWorn for Charitable Clothing Items

Linkin Park are celebrating Giving Tuesday with a collaborative artistic clothing project to raise funds for Music for Relief.

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Linkin Park’s ‘In the End’ Voted Best Hard Rock Hit of the 21st Century in 2016 Rocktober Rumble

Loudwire's readers have voted Linkin Park's 'In the End' as the 2016 Rocktober Rumble winner for Best Hard Rock Hit of the 21st Century.

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Linkin Park vs. Three Days Grace – Rocktober Rumble, Final Round

We're down to the Final Round of the Rocktober Rumble with Linkin Park against Three Days Grace for the title of Best Hard Rock Hit of the 21st Century.

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