Linkin Park Biography

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Linkin ParkLinkin Park is an American rock band that hailed from California. It was formed in 1996 by high school friends, Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson and Rob Bourdon. They later on recruited Joe Hahn, Dave Farrell and Mark Wakefield to complete the band that they initially called Xero.

They started to record and produce songs in Shinoda’s makeshift studio cum bedroom but began to get frustrated when they failed to land any record deal. This led to Wakefield, acting as their vocalist to leave the band to search for other more lucrative projects followed by Farrell to go on tour with another band.

The band eventually was able to recruit Chester Bennington as their vocalist. This new addition helped revive the creativity within the band and they began writing new material. It was during this time that the band decided to change their name to Linkin Park. After quite a number of rejections from record labels, the band was able to sign up with Warner Bros. Records in 1999.

October of 2000 saw Linkin Park release their debut album, Hybrid Theory. It contained over five years worth of material that the band had worked on. It was well received by the public and became a success commercially, selling over 4.8 million copies in the same year, making it the best selling album of 2001.

The band’s debut album was also nominated for three Grammy Awards and won two for Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Rock Album. The band also received the MTV Award for Best Rock Video and Best Direction for their single "In the End".

Their immediate success catapulted the band into mainstream attention. They were invited to perform in a number of recognized tours and concerts that allowed the band to keep busy all year long. 2002 saw the band releasing their remix album, Reanimation which sold about 270,000 copies in just a week. The band followed it up with constant touring around the US. The band still continued on working on new material for their second studio album. The result was Meteora which was released on March of 2003.

Meteora sold well in its first week of release. With 800,000 copies sold in a span of a week, it was the best selling album on the Billboard Charts during that time. In early 2004, the band went on their Meteora World Tour. Success followed the album once again as it again gave the band a number of awards.

After the success of Meteora, the band set aside work for their next album for several years. They went on doing tours and worked on a number of side projects. The band eventually went on to the studio in 2006 to record and work on new material. By May of 2007, the third album of the band, Minutes to Midnight was released. It too achieved commercial success as it sold over 600,000 copies in its first week, making it one of the best selling albums in its debut week in recent years.

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