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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.

Selected Discography: ‘Hybrid Theory’ (2000), ‘Meteora’ (2003), ‘Minutes to Midnight’ (2007) Related Artists: Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington Further Reading: 10 Best Linkin Park Songs Read More: Linkin Park News

Win a Trip To See Linkin Park Headline the 2015 Loudwire Music Festival!

Linkin Park Loudwire Music Festival

We're giving away a flyaway trip for two to the Loudwire Music Festival along with a meet & greet with Linkin Park!

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Linkin Park Reflect on Helping Chester Bennington Beat Past Substance Issues

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Linkin Park reflect on banding together to help co-vocalist Chester Bennington beat his past substance issues.

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Linkin Park, Judas Priest + Slipknot to Headline 2015 Rock on the Range Festival

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Kevin Winter / Frazer Harrison / Daniel Boczarski, Getty Images

The 2015 Rock on the Range lineup has been unveiled, and Linkin Park, Judas Priest and Slipknot will headline the festival.

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Loudwire Music Festival Launches Public Onsale for Various Ticket Packages

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Linkin Park Loudwire Music Festival

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The lineup for season nine of 'Guitar Center Sessions' has been announced. The diverse collection of performers includes rockers Linkin Park, Billy Idol and more.

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Linkin Park, System of a Down, U2 + Weezer Lead ‘Almost Acoustic Christmas’ Shows in L.A.

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L.A.-based KROQ-FM has pulled out the stops for its 25th 'Almost Acoustic Christmas' shows, booking Linkin Park, System of a Down, U2 and Weezer.

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Linkin Park to Rock 2015 Loudwire Music Festival in Grand Junction, Colorado

Linkin Park Loudwire Music Festival

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Linkin Park Announce 2015 North American Tour With Rise Against + Of Mice and Men

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Linkin Park's 'The Hunting Party' tour will last one month and will cover some parts of North America that weren't hit by the band's recent 'Carnivores' tour.

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Linkin Park Release ‘Mall’ Soundtrack Song ‘White Noise’ for Free Download

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Linkin Park have made 'White Noise' from the 'Mall' soundtrack available as a free download.

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Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn Hosts Premiere Screening of ‘Mall’ in Los Angeles

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Linkin Park's Joe Hahn joined other key players from his film 'Mall' in Los Angeles for the premiere screening of the film and a post-movie Q&A.

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