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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 Responds to Hellfest Projectile

Find out how the frontman took the recent reaction in France to the band's new songs.

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CBS/Late Late Show

Linkin Park Perform ‘Invisible’ on ‘The Late Late Show With James Corden’

Linkin Park took to the stage of 'The Late Late Show With James Corden' last night to perform the song 'Invisible' from their latest album, 'One More Light.'

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YouTube: FBE

Watch Teens React to Mike Shinoda Reacting to Teens Reacting to Linkin Park

No, you're not in 'Inception' and yes, you read that headline correctly.

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Linkin Park iHeartRadio Album Release Party Presented by State Farm at the iHeartRadio Theater LA
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Linkin Park Top Billboard 200 Chart With Sixth No. 1 Album, ‘One More Light’

Defying industry expectations and early predictions, Linkin Park's latest album has landed at the top of the Billboard charts according to the magazine.

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Rich Fury / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington Responds to Corey Taylor’s ‘Be Fortunate’ Comments

Chester Bennington has offered a response to Corey Taylor's plea for the Linkin Park vocalist to lay off his fans and be fortunate for what he has.

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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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