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Linkin Park

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Linkin Park – Download Festival 2014 announcement

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington speaks to Daniel P Carter about Download Festival 2014.

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Linkin Park is an American rock band from Agoura Hills, California. Formed in 1996, the band rose to international fame with their debut album Hybrid Theory, which was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005 and multi-platinum in several other countries. Their following studio album Meteora continued the band's success, topping the Billboard 200 album chart 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. Billboard ranked Linkin Park No. 19 on the Best Artists of the Decade chart. The band was recently voted as the greatest artist of '00s in a Bracket Madness poll on VH1.

Having adapted nu metal and rap metal 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 (2007). The album topped the Billboard charts and had the third-best debut week of any album that year. The band continued to explore a wider variation of musical types in their fourth album, A Thousand Suns (2010), layering their music with more electronic sounds and beats. Their fifth album, Living Things (2012), combines musical elements from all of their previous records. Their sixth and most recent album, The Hunting Party (2014), returned to a heavier rock sound. The band has collaborated with several other artists, most notably with rapper Jay-Z in their mashup EP Collision Course, and many others on the remix albums Reanimation and Recharged. Linkin Park has sold over 60 million albums worldwide and has won two Grammy Awards.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Living Things

    Living Things 2012

    Reviewed by Ian Winwood
    Californian mash-masters return with a suitably state-of-the-art album.
  2. Review of A Thousand Suns

    A Thousand Suns 2010

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    A haphazard collection from the Cali’ sextet, but one that scales some new highs.
  3. Review of Minutes To Midnight

    Minutes To Midnight 2007

    Reviewed by Nick Reynolds
    Linkin Park need to get some fire in their bellies if they are to keep up to their own...
  4. Review of Meteora

    Meteora 2003

    Reviewed by Nick Reynolds
    These songs are powerful, emotional, disciplined and impressive.
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