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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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Warner Bros.

Eleven Linkin Park Songs Have Gone Platinum in the Last Week

Since Chester Bennington’s July 20 death, fans have rediscovered and taken solace in Linkin Park’s music.

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Evil Robb Photography

Corey Taylor: Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell Were Not Cowards

Corey Taylor spoke out against those who’ve been calling Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington 'cowards' for committing suicide.

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Christopher Polk, Getty Images
Christopher Polk, Getty Images

James Corden Will Consult With Chester Bennington’s Family Over Linkin Park ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Airing

James Corden has stated that he will defer to the family of Chester Bennington and Linkin Park on whether or not the band's 'Carpool Karaoke' episode will air.

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Los Angeles Holds Public Memorial for Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington

See fan shot footage from the tribute, and read 'Heavy' songwriter Julia Michaels' thoughts on the recent tragedy.

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Isaac Brekken, Getty Images

Chester Bennington’s Close Friends + Bandmates Share Their Final Conversations With Linkin Park Singer

As the world continues to mourn the death of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, some of the singer’s closest friends have unveiled their final moments with him.

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Photo by James Minchin
Photo by James Minchin

Linkin Park Break Record with 23 Tracks on Billboard ‘Hot Rock Songs’ Chart

Linkin Park is experiencing an unprecedented surge following the death of vocalist Chester Bennington.

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Rich Polk / Rich Fury, Getty Images

Coldplay’s Chris Martin Covers ‘Crawling’ in Tribute to Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington

Watch as Coldplay's Chris Martin plays a heartfelt, stripped down version of Linkin Park's 'Crawling' for Chester Bennington.

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Chester Bennington Honored by Bandmates and Fellow Musicians at Private Memorial

Over 500 people, including family, friends, bandmates and peers, gathered at a private memorial held for late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington.

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Korn’s Brian ‘Head’ Welch ‘Spoke From a Broken Heart,’ Apologizes for Chester Bennington Comments

In a new radio interview, Korn's Brian 'Head' Welch explains his emotional reaction to Chester Bennington's death and apologizes for his social media comments.

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Photo by Frank Maddocks
Photo by Frank Maddocks

Green Day Launch Pop-Up Store for Hometown Oakland Show Plus News on Linkin Park + More

Get the latest news on a Green Day pop-up store, a pair of Linkin Park tribute covers, a Black Country Communion album + more in Wire-to-Wire.

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