Friday, June 1, 2007

Linkin Park | Rock/Hip Hop/Nu-Metal/Rap

Linkin Park is a rock band from Agoura Hills, California. They formed in 1996, and have since sold more than forty-five million albums, and won two Grammies.They first achieved mainstream success in 2000 with their debut album, Hybrid Theory, which has since been certified Diamond by RIAA.The band’s following studio album, Meteora also garnered success, topping the Billboard 200’s album charts in 2003, and was followed by an extensive touring and charity work around the world.Linkin Park is recognized for adapting Nu-metal genre into a radio friendly style, creating many successful singles, such as In the End, Crawling, and Numb, which were number one singles in several countries. They are also known for their several collaborations, most notably with rapper Jay-Z in their mash-up album Collision Course, and a plethora of other artists on Reanimation. The band’s latest album, Minutes to Midnight, which was released in May 2007, has stemmed away from their previous Nu-metal sound venturing into various other genres.Despite receiving mixed reviews from both critics and fans, the album topped the Billboard Charts by selling nearly 625,000 copies debut week, making it the best debut week of the year.Members-CurrentChester Bennington – Vocals (1999–present)Rob Bourdon – Drums (1996–present)Brad Delson – Guitar (1996–present)Dave "Phoenix" Farrell– Bass guitar (1996–1999, 2001–present)Joe Hahn – Turntables, Programming, Samples, Beats (1996–present)Mike Shinoda – Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards/Piano (1996–present)FormerMark Wakefield – Vocals (1996–1998)Stand-insKyle Christener— Bass guitar (1998–1999) Stand in bass player during Phoenix's absence from the band during the Hybrid Theory EP.Scott Koziol— Bass guitar (1999–2001) Stand in bass player in the Hybrid Theory album. Records on the song One Step Closer and appears in the video. Source-Wikipedia Official Music Videos-Somewhere I Belong-