Linkin Park is an American rock band from Agoura Hills, California, formed in 1996. Since their formation, the band has sold more than 50 million albums and won two Grammy Awards. It achieved mainstream success with its debut album, Hybrid Theory, which was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005. Its following studio album, Meteora, continued the band's success, topping the Billboard 200’s album charts in 2003, and was followed by extensive touring and charity work around the world. In 2003, MTV2 named Linkin Park the sixth greatest band of the music video era and the third best of the new millennium behind Oasis and Coldplay

Having adapted the nu metal and rap rock genres to a radio-friendly yet densely-layered style in Hybrid Theory and Meteora, the band explored other genres in their next studio album, Minutes to Midnight. The album topped the Billboard charts and had the third best debut week of any album that year. They have also collaborated with several other artists, most notably with rapper Jay-Z in their mashup album Collision Course, and many others on Reanimation.

Band BiographyEdit

Early Years (1996–1999)Edit

Originally consisting of three high school friends, Linkin Park’s foundation was anchored by Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, and Rob Bourdon. After graduating from high school, the California natives began to take their musical interests more seriously, recruiting Joe Hahn, Dave "Phoenix" Farrell, and Mark Wakefield to perform in their band, Xero. Though limited in resources, the band began recording and producing songs within Shinoda’s make-shift bedroom studio in 1996. Tensions and frustration within the band grew after they failed to land a record deal. The lack of success and stalemate in progress prompted Wakefield, at that time the band's vocalist, to leave the band in search for other projects. Farrell also left to tour with Tasty Snax and other bands.

After spending a considerable time searching for Wakefield's replacement, Xero recruited Arizona vocalist Chester Bennington. Jeff Blue, the vice president of Zomba Music, had referred him to the band in March 1999. Bennington, formerly of Grey Daze, became a standout among applicants because of his unique singing style. The band changed its name from Xero to Hybrid Theory. The newborn vocal chemistry between Shinoda and Bennington helped revive the band, inciting them to work on new material. The band’s renaissance culminated with a change in name; from Hybrid Theory, the band changed its name to Linkin Park, a play on and homage to Santa Monica’s Lincoln Park. However, despite these changes, the band still struggled to sign a record deal. After facing numerous rejections from several major record labels, Linkin Park turned to Jeff Blue for additional help. After failing to catch Warner Bros. Records on three previous reviews, Jeff Blue, now the vice president of Warner Bros. Records, helped the band sign a deal with the company in 1999. The band released its breakthrough album, Hybrid Theory, the following year.

Hybrid Theory (2000–2002)Edit


The 1999-2001 Logo

Linkin Park released Hybrid Theory on October 24, 2000. The album, which represented half a decade’s worth of the band’s work, was edited by music producer Don Gilmore. Hybrid Theory was well received by music fans; the band sold more than 4.8 million records during its debut year, earning it the status of best-selling album of 2001, while singles such as "Crawling" and "One Step Closer" established themselves as staples among alternative rock radio play lists during the year. Additionally, other singles from the album were featured in movies such as Dracula 2000, Little Nicky, and Valentine. Hybrid Theory was also nominated for three Grammy Awards, including best new artist, best rock album, and best hard rock performance (for "Crawling"). MTV awarded the band their Best Rock Video and Best Direction awards for "In the End". Through the winning of the Grammy for best hard rock performance, Hybrid Theory’s overall success had catapulted the band into the mainstream's attention.


The 2002 Logo

During this time, Linkin Park received many invitations to perform on many high-profile tours and concerts including Ozzfest, Family Values Tour and KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas. The band also formed its own tour, Projekt Revolution, which featured other notable artists such as, Cypress Hill, Adema, and Snoop Dogg. Within a year’s stretch, Linkin Park had performed at over 320 concerts. The experiences and performances of the precocious band were documented in its first DVD, Frat Party at the Pankake Festival, which debuted in November 2001. Now reunited with former bassist Phoenix, the band began work on a remix album, dubbed Reanimation, which would include works from Hybrid Theory and Hybrid Theory EP. Reanimation debuted on July 30, 2002, featuring the likes of Black Thought, Jonathan Davis, Aaron Lewis, and many others. Reanimation claimed the second spot on the Billboard 200, and sold nearly 270,000 copies during its debut week.

Meteora (2002–2004)Edit


The 2003 Logo

Following the success of Hybrid Theory and Reanimation, Linkin Park spent a significant amount of time touring around the United States. The band members began to work on new material amidst its saturated schedule, spending a sliver of their free time in their tour bus' studio. The band officially announced the production of a new studio album in December 2002, revealing its new work was inspired by the rocky region of Meteora in Greece, where numerous monasteries have been built on top of the rocks. Meteora featured a mixture of the band's previous nu metal and rapcore styles with newer innovative effects, including the induction of a shakuhachi (a Japanese flute made of bamboo) and other instruments. Linkin Park's second album debuted on March 25, 2003 and instantly earned worldwide recognition, going to #1 in the US and UK, and #2 in Australia.

Meteora sold more than 800,000 copies during its first week, and it ranked as the best selling album on the Billboard charts at the time. Music videos for some of the album's singles, including "Somewhere I Belong", "Breaking the Habit", "Faint", and "Numb", received significant radio attention. By October 2003, Meteora sold nearly three million copies. The album's success allowed Linkin Park to form another Projekt Revolution, which featured other bands and artists including, Mudvayne, Blindside, and Xzibit. Additionally, Metallica invited Linkin Park to play at the Summer Sanitarium Tour 2003, which included well-known acts such as Limp Bizkit, Mudvayne and Deftones. The band released an album and DVD, entitled Live in Texas, which consisted of audio and video tracks of some of the band's performances in Texas during the tour. In early 2004, Linkin Park started a world tour titled the Meteora World Tour, supporting bands on the tour include Hoobastank, P.O.D. and Story of the Year.

Meteora earned the band multiple awards and honors. The band won MTV's awards for Best Rock Video ("Somewhere I Belong") and the Viewer's Choice Award ("Breaking the Habit"). Linkin Park also received significant recognition during the 2004 Radio Music Awards, winning the Artist of the Year and Song of the Year ("Numb") awards. Although Meteora was not nearly as successful as Hybrid Theory, it was the third best selling album in America during 2003. The band spent the first few months of 2004 touring around the world, first with the third Projekt Revolution tour, and later several European concerts.

Side Projects (2004–2006)Edit

Linkin park star gothic patch

The 2004 Logo

Following Meteora's success, the band postponed working on a new studio album for the next few years. Instead, Linkin Park continued to tour and work on many side projects. Bennington appeared on DJ Lethal’s "State of the Art" and other work with Dead by Sunrise, while Shinoda did work with Depeche Mode. In 2004, the band began to work with Jay-Z to produce another remix album, entitled Collision Course. The album, which featured intermixed lyrics and background tracks from both artists' previous albums, debuted in November 2004. Shinoda also formed a new band, Fort Minor, as a side project. With the aid of Jay-Z, Fort Minor released its debut album, The Rising Tied, to critical acclaim. At the same time, the band's relationship with Warner Bros. Records was deteriorating rapidly on account of several trust and financial issues. After months of feuding, the band finally negotiated a deal in December 2005.


The 2005-2006 Logo

Linkin Park also participated in numerous charitable events. Linkin Park helped raise money to benefit victims of Hurricane Charley in 2004 and later hurricane Katrina in 2005. The band donated $75,000 to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation in March 2004. They also helped relief efforts for the 2004 tsunami victims by staging several charity concerts and setting up an additional fund called "Music for Relief". Most notably, however, the band participated at Live 8, a series of charitable benefit concerts set up to raise global awareness. Alongside Jay-Z, the band performed on Live 8's stage in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to a global audience. The band would later be reunited with Jay-Z at the Grammy Award Ceremony 2006, during which they performed "Numb/Encore", en route to winning a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. They would later go on to play at the 2006 Summer Sonic music festival, which was hosted by Metallica, in Japan.

Minutes to Midnight (2006–2008)Edit


The 2007-2009 Logo

Linkin Park returned to the recording studios in 2006 to work on new material. To produce the album, the band chose producer Rick Rubin. Despite initially stating the album would debut sometime in 2006, the album was delayed until 2007. The band had recorded thirty to fifty songs in August 2006, when Shinoda stated the album was halfway completed. Bennington later added that the new album would stray away from its previous nu metal sound. Warner Bros. Records officially announced that the band’s third studio album, entitled Minutes to Midnight, would be released on May 15, 2007 in the United States. After spending fourteen months working on the album, the band members opted to further refine their album by removing five of the original seventeen tracks. The album’s title, a reference to the Doomsday Clock, foreshadowed the band's new lyrical themes. Minutes to Midnight sold over 600,000 copies in its first week, making it one of the most successful debut week albums in recent years. The album also took the top spot on the Billboard Charts.

The album's first single, "What I've Done" was released on April 2, and premiered on MTV and Fuse within the same week. The single was acclaimed by listeners, becoming the top-ranked song on the Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts. The song is also used in soundtrack for the 2007 action film, Transformers. Later in the year, the band won the "Favorite Alternative Artist" in the American Music Awards. The band also saw success with singles such as "Bleed It Out", "Shadow of the Day", "Given Up", and "Leave Out All the Rest", which were released throughout 2007 and early 2008. The band also collaborated with Busta Rhymes on his single "We Made It", which was released on April 29.

A Thousand Suns (2008–2010)Edit


The 2009-2010 Logo

In October 2008 Shinoda revealed on his blog that he, Phoenix and Hahn had begun working on two song ideas at Hahn's home, with studio recording to begin in earnest soon. In 2008, Bennington announced that Linkin Park's fourth studio release will be a concept album. In an interview with MTV in November 2008, Bennington stated, "It sounds a little daunting to me, so, I think my confidence level will drop, but when it was presented to us by this friend of ours, we liked the idea. It was an inspiring idea, and it was something we could relate a lot of the things we like to write about to". He also added that the band planned to begin recording in December for a six-week session. The album was expected in mid 2009, but in late March, Mike Shinoda wrote on his blog saying "We're hoping to have Chester's Dead By Sunrise album out this fall, and the new LP album out early next year."

In December 2008, Digidesign gave the band the opportunity to preview the new Pro Tools 8 software. The experiment resulted in an instrumental song called "Lockjaw" performed by Shinoda and Bourdon.

In April 2009, Shinoda revealed on his blog that Linkin Park would be working on the score for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen with successful film composer, Hans Zimmer. On May 7, it was further confirmed that the song recorded for the film was titled "New Divide", and was released as a single on May 18. The music video for "New Divide" was released on June 12, 2009 and was directed by Hahn. On June 22, 2009, the band played a short set after the premiere of the movie. The concert took place on the street in Westwood Village.

In May 2009, Linkin Park announced that they were working on their fourth album to be released in 2010, with the aim for it to be "genre-busting." Shinoda also stated recently in an interview with IGN that the new album would have in comparison to Minutes to Midnight a bigger "thread of consistency" and would also be more experimental and "hopefully more cutting-edge". Additionally Bennington confirmed that Rick Rubin would return to produce the new album.

In July 2009, Linkin Park played at the Sonisphere Festival in Europe. They also played at the Epicenter music festival In August 2009.

On January 19, 2010, Linkin Park released a new song entitled "Not Alone" as part of a compilation from Music for Relief in support of the Haiti Earthquake crisis. On February 10, 2010, Linkin Park released the official music video for the song on their homepage.

The band has produced a video game titled 8-Bit Rebellion!, released April 26, 2010, for the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. The game includes a new song, "Blackbirds", which is unlocked when the player completes the game. Mike Shinoda has also stated that the game will be regularly updated with new content over time.

On June 6, the band revealed that its new album was nearing completion, and announced the first five dates for their first tour for 2010. The tour began in Los Angeles, California on September 7. Six days later, Shinoda revealed that Linkin Park has almost made its decisions for all of the final qualities for the album, which include the track listing, album title, and cover art.

On July 8, Linkin Park officially announced that their new album, A Thousand Suns, is scheduled to be released on September 14. The album's first single, "The Catalyst," was released on August 2, 2010. A second song, Wretches and Kings, was released on September 2 to people who pre-ordered the album through Linkin Park's official website (which was in keeping with the band's promise that those who pre-ordered the album through the official website would receive music before any other outlet). On September 8, 2010, the band further debuted two more tracks "Waiting For The End" and "Blackout" on their Myspace Page. The band, on their official website declared the "Full Experience Myspace Premiere" of the album on September 10. On August 31, 2010, It was announced that the band would perform the single live for the first at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, 2010. The venue of the debut live performance of the single was Griffith Observatory, an iconic location used in Hollywood Movies. However, the venue was held secret till the performance, but was revealed to be a prominent landmark of Los Angeles. The band is currently supporting the album by their A Thousand Suns Tour which has select dates in various countries.

Musical styleEdit

Linkin Park's use of two separate vocalists has become a large part of their music. Chester Bennington is most known for using screaming vocals common in various forms of metal and hardcore, while also using more melodic singing, and was placed 46th in Hit Paraders list of "Heavy Metal's All-Time Top 100 Vocalists".

The SoundEdit

Both Hybrid Theory and Meteora combined the alternative metal, nu metal, and rap rock sound with influences and elements from hip-hop, alternative rock, and electronica, utilizing programming and synthesizers. William Ruhlmann from Allmusic regarded it as "a Johnny-come-lately to an already overdone musical style," whereas Rolling Stone called "Breaking the Habit" "risky, beautiful art".

In Minutes to Midnight the band experimented with their established sound and drew influences from a wider and more varied range of genres and styles, a process Los Angeles Times compares to a stage in U2's work. In it, only two of the songs feature rapping, and the majority of the album can be considered alternative rock or pop metal rather than nu metal or rap rock. It also is their first studio album to feature guitar solos.


Linkin Park's use of two separate vocalists has become a large part of their music. Chester Bennington is most known for using screaming vocals common in various forms of metal and hardcore, while also using more melodic singing, and was placed 46th in Hit Paraders list of "Heavy Metal's All-Time Top 100 Vocalists".

Mike Shinoda is the group's MC and does all of the rapping. Mike has also done all of the backing vocals live, and in their latest album, Minutes to Midnight, he sings lead vocals on "In Between", "Hands Held High", and the B-side "No Roads Left". Shinoda has also been placed in Hit Parader's list of "Heavy Metal's All-Time Top 100 Vocalists" at number 72.

Selected Download(s)Edit

Xero Demo Tape (2006 Re-Rip): (Credit to LPFuse for these files)


Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
2000 Hybrid Theory
  • Released: October 24, 2000
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD/LP
2 2 1 4 2 3 5 4 4 17 2 2 6 19 5 4 4 5 13 US: Diamond
UK: 5× Platinum
CAN: 5× Platinum
AUS: 5× Platinum
2002 Reanimation
  • Released: July 30, 2002
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Format: CD/LP & DVD-Audio
2 16 8 3 21 11 24 11 11 3 32 11 17 4 32 18 3 12 3

US: Platinum UK: Gold AUS: Gold

2003 Meteora
  • Released: March 25, 2003
  • Label: Warner Bros., Machine Shop
  • Format: CD/LP
1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 3 1 3 1 1 1 6 1 1 1 2 US: 6× Multi-Platinum
UK: 2× Platinum
CAN: 4× Platinum
AUS: 4× Platinum
2003 Live In Texas
  • Released: November 18, 2003
  • Label: Warner Bros.,
    Machine Shop
  • Format: CD/LP & DVD
23 18 17 47 11 18 11 8 9 37 67 13 43 45 9 40 9 14 11

US: Platinum UK: Gold CAN: Platinum

2004 Collision Course
  • Released: November 30, 2004
  • Label: Warner Bros.,
    Machine Shop
  • Format: CD/LP
1 8 4 15 17 7 17 20 5 9 9 1 9 2 15 16 11 8 7 US: Platinum
UK: Platinum
CAN: 2× Platinum AUS: Platinum
2007 Minutes To Midnight
  • Released: May 15, 2007
  • Label: Warner Bros.,
    Machine Shop
  • Format: CD/LP
1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 US: 3× Multi-Platinum
UK: Platinum
AUS: 3× Platinum
2008 Road to Revolution
  • Released: November 24, 2008
  • Label: Warner Bros.,
    Machine Shop
  • Format: CD & DVD
41 24 17 58 47 38 28 12 11 17 6 54 54 16 54 42 28 15 US: Platinum UK: Silver
2010 A Thousand Suns
  • Released: September 8, 2010
  • Label: Warner Bros.,
    Machine Shop
  • Format: CD/LP
1 1 1 2 1 2 2 - 6 4 1 1 3 2 4 7 5 1 -

US: Gold   UK: Gold CAN: Platinum AUS: Gold 

2012 Living Things

Extended playsEdit

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
1999 Hybrid Theory EP
  • Label: Mix Media
  • Format: CD
19 34 37 27 47 US: Bronze
2000 Frat Party At The Pankake Festival
  • Label: Mix Media
  • Format: DVD
2001 Underground v1.0
  • Label: Warner Bros. Machine Shop Recordings
  • Format: CD
2002 Live & Rare
  • Release: May 7, 2002
  • Label: Warner Bros. Machine Shop Recordings
  • Format: CD
12 9 6 17 16 US: Gold
2002 Underground v2.0
  • Label: Warner Bros. Machine Shop Recordings
  • Format: CD
2003 Underground v3.0
  • Label: Warner Bros. Machine Shop Recordings
  • Format: CD
2004 Underground v4.0
  • Label: Warner Bros. Machine Shop Recordings
  • Format: CD
2005 Underground v5.0
  • Label: Warner Bros. Machine Shop Recordings
  • Format: CD
2006 Underground v6.0
  • Label: Warner Bros. Machine Shop Recordings
  • Format: CD
2007 Underground v7.0
  • Label: Warner Bros. Machine Shop Recordings
  • Format: CD
2008 Live From SoHo EP
  • Release: March 4, 2008
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Format: iTunes/Digital
49 (NONE)
2008 Underground v8.0
  • Label: Warner Bros. Machine Shop Recordings
  • Format: CD
2008 Songs from the Underground
  • Release: November 28, 2008
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Formats: CD
28 48 26 42 27 (NONE)


Year Song Peak chart positions Album
2000 One Step Closer 75 5 4 4 24 32 46 57 46 42 Hybrid Theory
2001 Crawling 74 5 3 33 37 16 25 14 16 45 27 43
Papercut 32 14 49 27 39 80
In The End

In The End Pt.1In The End Pt.2In The End Pt.1 DVDIn The End Pt.2 DVD

2 1 3 4 10 8 12 40 13 5 16 11 3 23
2002 It's Goin' Down 8 45 23 24 12 33 29 18 15 24 21 Non-Album


29 44 9 31 25 54 45 61 Reanimation
H! Vltg3

H! Vltg3/Pts.Of.Athrty

29 74 64 85 76 23 73 23 55
Enth E Nd

Enth E Nd + Frgt/10 (Vinyl)Enth E Nd + Frgt/10 USA Radio CD

43 77 74 36 37 48 59
Frgt/10 77 39 31 75 87 89 29 37
2003 Somewhere I Belong

Somewhere I Belong

32 1 1 13 1 10 33 14 32 12 13 4 14 12 19 15 Meteora
Faint 48 1 2 25 15 44 40 29 26 20 49 32
Numb 11 1 1 10 13 14 48 19 18 16 82 23 15
2004 From The Inside

From The Inside

37 50 35 35 54 38
Lying From You

Lying From You

58 1 2
Breaking The Habit

Breaking The HabitBreaking The Habit DVD

20 1 1 23 27 39 27 25 46 41 56

Numb/EncoreNumb/Encore (Vinyl)

20 3 14 7 5 4 1 2 5 10 Collision Course
Enjoy The Silence

Enjoy The Silence 2004 Pt.1

12 15 14 4 8 5 4 25 10 23 Non-Album
2007 What I've Done

What I've DoneWhat I've Done (Vinyl)

7 1 1 13 9 6 26 4 3 15 28 12 6 6 Minutes to Midnight
Bleed It Out

Bleed It OutBleed It Out (Vinyl)

52 2 3 24 7 29 40 79 14 42
Shadow Of The Day

Shadow Of The DayShadow Of The Day (Vinyl)

15 2 6 15 13 46 20 12 20 11
2008 Given Up 99 4 5 47 53 15
Leave Out All the Rest 94 11 33 24 38 90 19 15 42 36
2009 New Divide

New Divide

6 1 1 3 2 19 32 3 4 19 21 23 13 7 Revenge of the Fallen

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