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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 Mike Shinoda Criticizes Media Portrayal of Chester Bennington’s ‘Kept Metal Alive’ Quote

Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda has chimed in, calling 'clickbait' on the way many outlets reported on Chester Bennington's 'we kept metal alive' quote.

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Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington: ‘In My Opinion, We Actually Kept Metal Alive’

In a new interview, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington brushes off knocks from metal purists, stating, 'In my opinion, we actually kept metal alive.'

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Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington: ‘Label Tried to Get Rid of Mike’ Shinoda During ‘Hybrid Theory’ Sessions

Chester Bennington reflected on the early days of Linkin Park and a period where their label didn't want Mike Shinoda in the band.

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Linkin Park Design Livery for Mercedes-AMG GT3 Racing Car

Linkin Park has teamed up with Mercedes to design the livery for the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 racing vehicles that will be part of the 24 Hours of Spa race.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda: ‘I Want This Album to Be Our Best’

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda shared a correspondence with his bandmates setting the goal high for their next album. He also offers a 360 degree studio tour video.

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Linkin Park Albums Ranked

See how we ranked Linkin Park's albums from weakest to strongest.

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Theo Wargo / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Pearl Jam, Linkin Park + More Ask Congress to Stop Gun Violence Now

The members of Pearl Jam, Linkin Park and other artists have signed an open letter to Congress seeking an end to gun violence.

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Theo Wargo / Christopher Polk / Rommel Demano, Getty Images

Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Trent Reznor + More Call for Reform of Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Trent Reznor and other acts across multiple genres have signed a petition seeking the reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

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YouTube: Insane Cherry

Watch Linkin Park’s ‘Numb’ Sung by Dogs + Other Animals

Linkin Park's ' Numb' has received a hilarious twist with dogs barking along to the song.

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13 Years Ago: Linkin Park Release Their ‘Meteora’ Album

On March 25, 2003, Linkin Park avoided the sophomore slump, releasing the hugely successful 'Meteora' album.

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