According to the British Phonographic Industry, we have another reason to celebrate Linkin Park as it’s been announced their 2010 record ‘A Thousand Suns’ has hit Platinum!
This equates to 300,000 sales, which is a massive number!
This is their sixth LP release to reach that status with ‘Reanimation’, ‘Collision Course’ both currently Platinum, ‘Minutes To Midnight and ‘Meteora’ both currently 2x Platinum and ‘Hybrid Theory’ currently 5x Platinum.
Check out ‘The Catalyst’, which is off the record below.
We’re talking Fever 333 and Grands0n, two huge acts in the scene at the moment as they have released covers of two tracks from Linkin Park’s debut record, ‘Hybrid Theory’ in celebration of its 20th anniversary.
Check out Grandsons cover of ‘One Step Closer’.
On Grandson’s cover, he says:
On his cover, grandson said “Chester is an all-time great, and I could never try and sing like he does. We had to pitch the song down just so I could come close to hitting the notes in this song. I just wanted to try and pay homage and do this incredible song justice.”
And here’s Fever 333’s cover of ‘In The End’.
Jason Butler says:
“‘In The End’ was the song that made me believe that rap and rock still belonged together. I studied their tasteful marriage of the two styles from that moment on and created my own music with that in mind. I wish I could tell my 14 year old self that one day I’d receive a DM from Mike Shinoda about him liking my music. I wish even more that I could tell my younger self he’d offer to share his talents and energy with me to make more music. I don’t think 14-year-old me would believe it, though. 35-year-old me still doesn’t.”
Looking back on Linkin Park’s career as a band, there’s a lot to be said. As time went on, you can see the evolution in their music from the Nu-Metal heroes to the changing scope of the Electronic Experimentalists that they are now. It’s safe to say they’ve come an awful long way.
Mike Shinoda has recently been reflecting on the evolution of the band recently, with the release of ‘She Couldn’t’. The track is a demo from 1999 which sounds a lot different to the material which would come to be released on their record, ‘Hybrid Theory’.
““She Couldn’t” is one of the earliest demos we made when Chester joined the band.
Two things stand out about the song, to me:
1.) The programmed beat and focus on synth sounds and vocal loops (rather than heavy guitars) foreshadowed a future of the band many years after Hybrid Theory. In searching for our “first sound,” we set the groundwork for our later evolution.
2.) The softly-sung “you’re not alone” refrain reminded me that, although we debuted with a song screaming “shut up,” what most fans came to find out was that empathy and community were just as integral a part of LP’s DNA from the very beginning.”
Linkin Park’s debut record ‘Hybrid Theory’ was released 20 years ago this year. That’s right, we’ve been enjoying 20 years of their very first record where some people (well, a lot) have been wondering what (if anything) Linkin Park would be doing to celebrate the release of such a phenomenal record.
Well for one, there’s the release of ‘She Couldn’t’, which is a unreleased song for the record which the band are adding to a new deluxe reissue of the record which is set to be released on the 9th October 2020.
The deluxe version is set to have never heard demos, rarities, B-sides, DVDs, never before seen footage as well as more which is going to be released across a Super Deluxe Box, Vinyl Box Set, Deluxe CD and Digital.
All the information on the ‘Hybrid Theory’ boxset can be found via the following link.
The band are currently using their own website to tease something huge to commemorate their 20th anniversary of their debut record ‘Hybrid Theory’.
If you head over to linkinpark.com, you’ll see ‘Linkin Park’s Old Band Computer’.
Here’s what it looks like.
This is an absolute throwback!
The interesting part is the MailNet Client where you can view messages sent between the band.
Mike Shinoda says on a message
“Hey guys, I’m starting to go through old gear to see what I can dig up for the secret project we spoke about. Hoping I can find some good stuff in there. Still working on getting the old band computer figured out also. I’m copying the email on that computer so whoever is in there helping can stay up to date. More soon.
Then Drummer Rob Bourdon replies saying:
“Great. My mom has boxes of stuff as well.I’m going to start sorting through that. Rob”
So a secret project?
Then guitarist Brad Delson and bassist Dave Farrell, turntablist Joe Hahn says:
“It’s cool seeing some of the versions of the album cover we considered. Haven’t see those in years.
Something that is also interesting is the inclusion of a WebMeeting tab, which at the moment says “There are currently no meeting rooms available to connect with”. So we would recommend keeping your eyes on the website over the coming weeks to see what is unfolding.
The band kicked off their celebrations back in March when they filmed themselves reacting to some never before seen concert footage from 2001.
Linkin Park are the latest in a recent line of bands to issue a cease and disist order to the Trump administration for the unauthorised use of their music.
A cover of the band’s track ‘In The End’, which was performed by Tommee Prifitt featuring Fleruie and Jung Youth was used on a video posted by the White House Social media director Dan Scavino and then retweeted by Trump.
The video has now been disabled after the band tweeted saying, “Linkin Park did not and does not endorse Trump, nor authorize his organization to use any of our music“. They also stated that “A cease and desist has been issued.”
This follows Bendie Urie reacting to Trump’s walking on stage at his presidential campaign rally in Phoenix to the track, ‘High Hopes’.
Apparently Linkin Park have been working on some new material.
Bassist Dave Farrell recently appeared on an episode of Dan Really Likes Wine via Zoom for a little bit of tasting where aside from the samples, he spoke about the band.
“At this point right now globally we’re trying to do a version of the same thing. Stay home and stay as healthy as possible.
For us with the band, we’ve been writing and doing all that before this all started. Casually at this point, we’re doing Zoom meetings to eat lunch together and say ‘hi’ but we’re not able to get together and write.
“So working at home a little bit and working on ideas.”
So could we be seeing more Linkin Park release some new music in the future?
Check out the full interview below.
Mike Shinoda has also been keeping busy whilst in quarantine as well through live streams where he’s been putting together a ‘Hybrid Theory’ style demo from scratch.