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Linkin Park (formed 1996) Linkin Park is an American nu-metal band that has won two Grammy awards and sold over fifty million albums worldwide.

The Formation: Linkin Park was originally formed by Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson and Rob Bourdon, who all knew each other from high school in California. After graduation, Joe Hahn, Dave 'Phoenix' Farrell and Mark Wakefield joined the band. At the time, the band was known as Xero.

Xero recorded their demos in Shinoda's bedroom but failure to secure a record deal caused tensions in the band. Mark Wakefield (the vocalist at the time) and Dave Farrell both left the band.

Chester Bennington was drafted in as Wakefield's replacement. He was formerly the singer for Grey Daze and his distinctive vocal style stood out. The band changed their name to Hybrid Theory for a short time but the addition of Bennington to the band brought a new chemistry and they changed names again to Linkin Park: a homage to Lincoln Park, in Santa Monica.

Although a record deal remained elusive for some time, they eventually signed to Warner Bros. in 1999.

Commercial Breakthrough: The band's debut album, Hybrid Theory was released in 2000 and was representative of the last five years of the band's work. The album sold over 4.8 million copies in its first year and was the highest-selling album of 2001.

Hybrid Theory was also nominated for three Grammy Awards: Best New Artist, Best Rock Album and Best Hard Rock Performance (for 'Crawling'). They won the latter category.

Around this time, Linkin Park performed at a number of high profile events, such as 'Ozzfest, the Family Values tour and their own 'Projekt Revolution', which featured such luminaries as Cypress Hill and Snoop Dogg.

Dave Farrell re-joined the band and they began working on a follow-up album. Reanimation was a remix album that featured tracks from Hybrid Theory and featured Black Thought and Aaron Lewis, among others. The album went to number two in the Billboard 200.

Linkin Park began to write new material whilst completing their extensive promotional tour schedule. They spent some of their free time recording in the studio they had in their tour bus. The resulting album, Meteora was released in 2003 and went to number one in the US album charts. More than 800,000 copies were sold in its first week.

The band undertook another Projekt Revolution, this time with Mudvayne, Blindside and Xzibit. The band was invited by Metallica to play on the Summer Sanitarium Tour, along with Limp Bizkit and the Deftones.

A DVD entitled Live In Texas showcased some of their live performances from the tour.

Following Meteora's commercial success, the band took a brief hiatus. Shinoda worked with Depeche Mode and formed Fort Minor as a side project. Bennington also worked with DJ Lethal and Dead By Sunrise.

Another remix album surfaced, this time produced by Jay-Z and was entitled Collision Course.

Producer Rick Rubin was chosen to work on their next studio album; the release of which was delayed until 2007. Minutes to Midnight was 14 months in the making and sold over 600,000 copies in its first week on sale. It also went to number one on the Billboard 200 album charts.

The band headlined the Download festival in England as well as undertaking their fourth Projekt Revolution tour and embarking on a UK arena tour that culminated in two nights at the O2 Arena in London.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Linkin Park Back In Charts After Chester Death


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A host of Linkin Park albums are back in the charts following Chester Bennington's death.

The band's frontman took his own life last Thursday (20.07.17) aged 41 and fans have paid tribute to the singer in many ways, including purchasing a number of the rockers' records which has seen them surge up the Billboard Chart.

Linkin Park's latest album, 'One More Light', appeared at number 17 after selling 23,000 copies, 18,000 of which were physical, and the band's debut album 'Hybrid Theory' re-entered the chart at 27 following 15,000 sales.

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Linkin Park Direct Fans To Suicide Prevention Helplines With New Memorial Site


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In honour of their Chester Bennington, who took his own life last week, the rest of Linkin Park have decided to do something constructive to help anyone else out there struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. They have launched a website dedicated to saving lives. 

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The site is a memorial platform for 41-year-old Chester, but also features a list of resources for people to use 'in case you or someone you know needs support'. There's no getting Chester back, but there are ways of preventing other precious lives from being destroyed by suicide.

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Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington Dead At Age 41 In Suspected Suicide


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Music fans around the world are mourning the death of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, who has been discovered dead at the age of 41 in what is being suspected as suicide.

Police in Los Angeles County confirmed to TMZ that Bennington was found hanged at a private residence in the area, with his body being discovered just before 9am on Thursday morning (July 20th).

Bennington is survived by six children, Jaime, Isaiah, Draven, Tyler and twins Lily and Lila, and his second wife Talinda Ann Bentley.

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Brad Delson and the rest of Linkin Park seen performing live onstage at The O2 Arena as part of their One More Light Tour - London, United Kingdom - Monday 3rd July 2017

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Linkin Park perform at the O2 Arena as part of their tour supporting the release of their new album 'One More Light' - London, United Kingdom - Monday 3rd July 2017

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Linkin Park - One More Light Album Review


Having shed their nu-metal skin long ago, Linkin Park have released their seventh album of new material and first since 2013. Their reported sales figures of over 70 million albums is testament to an outfit who have outstayed their new millennium peers, while their standing as a live draw sees them play three UK arena shows in July.

Linkin Park - One More Light Album Review

If you have heard the songs that have preceded this album's release, then you have already sampled the best of what is Linkin Park's most commercially pop collection. 'Battle Symphony' is their signature stomping anthem, but without the guitars cranked up, while 'Invisible' is an apologetic sing-a-long which fits snugly to daytime radio. The collaborations offer the greatest results with Pusha T and Stormzy joining co-vocalist Mike Shinoda on 'Good Goodbye' which help make up for the weak chorus, while Chester Bennington makes amends for this when joined by Kiara on the R&B flavoured 'Heavy'.

The remaining album tracks are at best filler; with the title track in particular a weak attempt at tender balladry that simply doesn't suit. 'Nobody Can Save Me' is a nice opener when you expect something with more attitude and energy, while they fall into by-numbers territory on 'Halfway Right'. There's nothing wrong with trying something different and in many ways it is to be admired, but ultimately the results here fall short of a band who not long ago could legitimately claim to be amongst the global elite of rock acts. 

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Linkin Park Don't Care About Sell Out Gripes


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Linkin Park ''don't care'' if people think they've sold out.

The US rockers - who will release their seventh studio album, 'One More Light', later this month following a three-year absence - are not interested in critics of their current, more poppy, sound and don't think people should read too much into it.

Frontman Chester Bennington said: ''We were asked, 'What do you think of people who say you sold out?' I don't care.

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Linkin Park at the ECHO music awards 2017 - Berlin, Germany - Thursday 6th April 2017

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Linkin Park Return With New Single 'Heavy' Featuring Kiiara


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Noughties nu metal band Linkin Park return with a brand new album entitled 'One More Light' this Spring, with the first single announced as 'Heavy' featuring Kiiara. You can catch them live in South America and doing the Europe festival rounds from May 2017.

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After two weeks of teasers, Linkin Park finally unveiled their latest single 'Heavy' yesterday (February 16th 2017), the lead track from their forthcoming self-produced seventh studio album. The song features Illinois electropop singer Kiiara, who released her debut album 'Low Kii Savage' in March last year and went Platinum with the 2015 single 'Gold'. 

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Linkin Park Forced To Cancel 'Hunting Party' Tour Following Frontman Chester Bennington's Injury


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Linkin Park have been forced to cancel the rest of their 'Hunting Party' tour after the band's frontman Chester Bennington suffered a leg injury which is required to undergo "immediate medical attention."

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Linkin Park cancels the rest of their tour due to Chester Bennington's leg injury

Linkin Park fans were told the bad news via a statement on their website, which read, "Linkin Park regret to inform their fans they must cancel the remaining dates of The Hunting Party tour through February 14th, due to a leg injury of lead vocalist Chester Bennington."

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Brad Delson - Linkin Park perform live at the Cruzan Amphitheatre as part of their Carnivores Tour - Florida, United States - Saturday 9th August 2014

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Download Festival 2014 Review


Download Festival 2014 was a tamer affair than in previous years, largely owing to the event's tightened alcohol and drugs searches, bands being instructed not to encourage the crowds to mosh, more mainstream main stage headliners, fewer boobs being shown on the live camera feed, and the sombre tone of the renamed 'Stephen Sutton Stage'. Instead of holding a silence for the cancer-struck teen, festival attendees took part in a minute of respectful applause, which was paralleled by comedy pop punk band Bowling For Soup's tribute to the late comic, Rik Mayall.

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In memoriam sections aside, the festival managed to transform what could be perceived as a weaker line-up compared to its preceding year into a three-day celebration of a broad range of the rock spectrum, filled with bespoke performance gems and quality heavy metal memories. First night closers Avenged Sevenfold brought a larger stage to Donington than they'd ever taken out of the US and combined imposing crypt-inspired adornments with an explosive set that proved on a world stage that they are worthy successors to titans Metallica and Iron Maiden.

The beady-eyed punter will have had a ball spotting the odd and hilarious happenings across the weekend, including a "face-melting" washboard solo from Berlin faux cowboys The BossHoss, punk's immature popsters Bowling For Soup asking a knight to decapitate a giant inflatable sheep, full contact medieval fighting from Battle Heritage, and Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach inviting the crowd to "dance responsibly" to a particularly heavy breakdown. Ribs were probably broken in the latter instance.

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Our 10 Favourite Download Festival 2014 Moments


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Download Festival 2014 has come and gone in a dizzying blast of metal riffage, moshpits frenzies and surprisingly kind weather. The weekend was packed with memorable moments and stand-out performances but we decided to pick our ten favourite moments that truly epitomised the spirit of rock 'n' roll and getting dirty in that legendary Donington field.

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1) Black Stone Cherry's Secret Set

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Win Tickets For Download Festival 2014 With Contactmusic And Zippo!


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Download Festival at Donington Park is one of the UK's most eagerly anticipated rock events so if you want to win a pair of tickets for this year, look no further!

We've partnered with one of the most recognisable brands in the world, Zippo, in a new competition where winners can bag two weekend guests tickets for the 2014 event which this year sees Aerosmith and Linkin Park among headliners. Winners can enjoy a weekend of guest camping and exclusive access to the guest area.

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