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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.
This article is dedicated to Caroline Flack.
The last few days have been difficult for a lot of people as we come to terms with the loss of British TV presenter Caroline Flack. She took her own life following a relentless assault against her character by the tabloid press as she struggled to deal with her relationship, a court case and losing her job.
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Now social media has been flooded with messages urging people to "Be kind", because we never know exactly what someone else is going through. If you ever feel low enough that you are considering taking your own life, we believe that music can help you reconsider...
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Bennington was found dead by suicide on July 20th, 2017.
The remaining members of the hugely popular band, Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, Dave Farrell, Rob Bourdon, and Brad Delson, took to Instagram to make a heart-felt tribute to Bennington on Friday (July 20th), the day which marked exactly a year since his suicide.
“To our brother Chester,” they wrote. “It has been a year since your passing — a surreal rotation of grief, heartbreak, refusal, and recognition. And yet it [still] feels like you are close by, surrounding us with your memory and your light. Your one-of-a-kind spirit has authored an indelible imprint on our hearts — our jokes, our joy, and our tenderness.”
Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda is set to perform his first solo show since the tragic death of Chester Bennington in July 2017.
The 'In The End' rocker has previously confirmed the band will continue after they've taken time away after their frontman and friend committed suicide in July 2017, and now he is set to take to the stage on his own this summer.
Shinoda has been confirmed for this year's Summer Sonic festival in Japan, which takes place in both Osaka and Chiba in August, and he will join a stellar lineup including the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Beck and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
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Who were the best guests from James Corden's Carpool Karaoke?
The world just can't get enough of James Corden's Carpool Karaoke from his 'Late Late Show'; so much so that an Apple series began this year featuring long segments with different guests. But here is a list of episodes ranked in order of our favourites from 2017.
James Corden at the Emmy Awards
1. Linkin Park - Not part of the 'Late Late Show' segment but for the Apple series, this episode was shot with Ken Jeong less than a week before frontman Chester Bennington committed suicide. It was released in October and is definitely the most memorable episode of the series.
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Here are the winners and highlights of the 2017 AMAs.
The winners of the 2017 American Music Awards have finally been unveiled, with Bruno Mars coming out on top with an impressive seven gongs altogether. Plus, learn the truth of Pink's facial expression while listening to former rival Christina Aguilera singing a Whitney Houston cover.
Pink at the 2017 American Music Awards
Bruno Mars was not only the winner of Artist Of The Year but also Favorite Male Pop / Rock Artist and Male Soul / R&B Artist, with his third album '24K Magic' landing Favourite Pop / Rock Album and Soul / R&B Album, and single 'That's What I Like' taking Video Of The Year and Favourite Soul / R&B Song.
Chester Bennington grinning from ear to ear as he sings along with Ken Jeong.
Linkin Park have finally unveiled the shelved episode of Carpool Karaoke featuring Ken Jeong, shot less than a week before Chester Bennington committed suicide. But far from being a joyful moment from the rock singer, it just marks the perfect example of how you can never tell what depression looks like.
Linkin Park performing live in Brixton
It is by far the silliest episode of Carpool Karaoke ever thanks to Ken Jeong who hosted it in lieu of James Corden, but the humour is underlined by the fact that just 6 days after it was filmed, Chester committed suicide following a long battle with depression.
The video features various clips of Chester Bennington.
Exactly four months after the release of Linkin Park's seventh studio album 'One More Light', the official video for the title track is released - and it's of course in total dedication to the band's late frontman Chester Bennington who passed away in July after a long battle with depression.
Linkin Park performing live in Brixton
It was an emotional time for directors Joe Hahn and Mark Fiore, who put together a montage of live, studio, backstage and general between-show footage all featuring Chester for the video. 'One More Light' was originally written in tribute to a friend of the band's who had died of cancer.
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The producer is giving proceeds from the remix to charity.
Chester Bennington gets another sensational musical tribute, this time from his friend and collaborator Steve Aoki who has dropped a new mash-up of two songs featuring the Linkin Park singer entitled 'Darker Than the Light That Never Bleeds' (Chester Forever Remix). All profits from the song's sales will go to charity.
Linkin Park performing live in Brixton
The new song is a medley of Aoki's 2015 single 'Darker Than Blood' featuring Linkin Park from 'Neon Future II', and 'A Light That Never Comes' which was his first collaboration with the band released for their 2013 remix album 'Recharged'. All proceeds from the single will be donated to Music for Relief, a charity the band set up back in 2004.
Fans will finally get the opportunity to get involved in a public event honouring the star.
It has been more than a month since the tragic untimely death of Chester Bennington and tributes have been pouring in everywhere. His band, Linkin Park, have just revealed that they plan to launch a very special event in the near future, to celebrate his life properly with the fans.
Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performing live in Brixton
Linkin Park announced yesterday (August 22nd 2017) that they will be holding an official public memorial in Los Angeles soon in honour of their deceased friend. There's no word yet on what kind of event it will be, though a concert seems very likely, but they are sure to unveil a date and details very soon.
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Linkin Park have returned to America's Billboard Chart following the tragic suicide of their frontman Chester Bennington last week.
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 - Rock on the Range Heavy Metal Music Festival, Mapfire Stadium, Columbus, OH, USA on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Mapfire Stadium - Columbus, Ohio, United States - Sunday 17th May 2015
Brad Delson - Linkin Park perform live at the Cruzan Amphitheatre as part of their Carnivores Tour - Florida, United States - Saturday 9th August 2014
Mike Shinoda and Linkin Park - Mike Shinoda of 'Linkin Park' Sunday 18th November 2012 he 40th Anniversary American Music Awards 2012, held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live - Pressroom
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