Posted on June 28, 2016 by Kevin
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It's time for another studio update! This time it takes form of a open letter from Mike to the rest of the band, where he says that he wants more experimentation, more weirdness and more live instruments. I think we can all agree with that. Read the full letter below.

Subject: Breakthrough

June 17, 2016 at 9:43 a.m.

Gents -

I had an epiphany today about the album. Right now, in the studio, the foundations of the songs are there... I think it's time to shift into the next gear. Let's discover the voice of this album.... I want to get into experimentation mode, get weirder, and record more live instruments... I said at the beginning, I want this album to be our best. Let's do this! Feel free to give me a call to discuss, or we can talk on Monday.

I'm AMPED. -m
Along with this, the update also contained a video of a recent studio tour shot in 360. You can watch that below. If you are reading on mobile you can watch it in the YouTube app on iOS and Android with Google Cardboard or other VR headsets.



As you can see the band is still in the midst of recording and writing the new album, so if the projected "late 2016" that Mike said on our podcast with him is still gonna happen they better hurry up. But let's ask them to take their time and make the best album they can make instead of rushing one out.

What do you think of this update? Did you like that studio tour? Will the new album or even a new single come out in 2016? Come and discuss in our forums.

 
Posted on June 28, 2016 by minuteforce
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JULY 2016

SURPRISE! It's been a while, but we are reintroducing LPA's Monthly Mix-Up contests right now. Some things are staying the same but other things are slightly different, so please read the following information to start off:

What is the LPA Monthly Mix-Up?

LPA's Monthly Mix-Up is an ambitious concept intended to showcase the massive amount of musical talent currently unheard among the Linkin Park fan community. Every month, we will be challenging fans to compete and show off their musical skills, using any and all tools available to them to create their entry. At the conclusion of each competition period, our staff will then go through each entry submitted, and pick our absolute favorite to be featured on the site as the "Winner Of The Month". To promote fairness, runner ups will also be shown, but only one lucky Linkin Park fan will walk away with the honor of being featured as the winner each month.

How does it work? (The official rules)

1. In order to make the contest more interesting and a challenge for those who enter, every month features a theme that all entrants are required to abide by to submit a valid entry. Each submission must adhere to the genre(s) and any other specifications outlined in the theme to be eligible for a given round.

2. Users must submit their entry for this month's round as a reply to this thread, and may use SoundCloud or YouTube to host their works. Unfortunately, SoundCloud embeds don't currently work on our message board, so you'll need to simply provide a link to your entry if you go that route.

3. SoundCloud submissions must prominently feature this graphic in the track's cover art; similarly, all YouTube videos must prominently contain the aforementioned graphic in some way.

4. SoundCloud track titles and YouTube video titles must be in the following format: "LPASSOCIATION.COM Monthly Mix-Up Entry: [submission title]" - this is done to help spread word about the monthly competitions.

If you have suggestions for future MMU themes, you're welcome to make a post in the MMU suggestions thread.

Please note also that, to keep in good standing with Warner Bros Records, Linkin Park Association will not be providing links to Linkin Park instrumentals/multitracks at this time due to licensing/copyright restrictions. It is the sole responsibility of entrants to obtain the resources needed to create their entries.



Our official theme for the JULY 2016 MMU ROUND is:

"RUNAWAY" FREE-FOR-ALL

For this round, we're challenging you to revisit and remix "Runaway", one of the standout tracks from Linkin Park's debut album "Hybrid Theory"! We want you to sample from the song and take it in any direction that you want - that could be anything from gorgeous piano-driven reinterpretation to a monstrous glitch-hop bootleg and beyond. Dig deep into your sound, bring your A-game and put a fresh, modern spin on one of Linkin Park's classics. We don't want you to enter a mash-up for this round, but sampling tracks by Linkin Park is nonetheless allowed. Whatever you want to make use of, make sure that "Runaway" is the focus of your remix.

Although we usually give you just one month, for this round, we're letting you start right now, before July even begins! To perhaps get you inspired, here is a remix that I've just uploaded to SoundCloud.

The deadline for submissions this month is July 31st, 2016, at 11:59 PM PST.

Welcome back.

 
Posted on June 15, 2016 by Kevin
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The fourth of the bimonthly released LPU 15 tracks has now been released to LPU members and it's a song called GRR.

In order to download it you need to have a LPU 15 membership. The song is free and can be downloaded here.

Along with the song another installment of "LPU Track-By-Track" was released where Mike talks about what inspired the sound of the song and where the name came from ... or didn't come from. You can check that out here.

Do you like the track? Do you think the wait for the next one now will be too long? Come and discuss in our forums.

 
Posted on June 6, 2016 by Filip
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Phoenix has recently been interviewed by Front Row Live Entertainment. In the interview, he discussed the writing process of the new album, which he hopes is released by the end of 2016, or at the beginning of 2017. He also discussed the band's 2014 Warped Tour Show, the band Issues, and the recently released "Things In My Jeep" collaboration with The Lonely Island. Check out the interview below.


What do you think of the interview? When do you hope the new album is released? Join the discussion in our forums!

Posted on June 4, 2016 by minuteforce
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It seems that Linkin Park are working on music with LA-based producer and singer-songwriter Blackbear, revealed by a tweet from the artist himself:

in studio with @linkinpark [...] this gonna be crazy
Not long ago, Blackbear (real name Matthew Musto) established himself in the pop realm by helping to pen Justin Bieber's smash hit "Boyfriend". Behind the boards, he's provided production and hooks for hip-hop artists such as G-Eazy, Machine Gun Kelly and Childish Gambino. In addition, he has kept up a steady stream of miscellaneous original tracks and remixes coming for his followers on SoundCloud, and his output as a solo artist has drawn comparisons to artists such as Mike Posner and Frank Ocean.

Last year, Blackbear delivered a debut full-length album entitled "Deadroses", a project consisting of 10 pop/R&B-flavoured songs that effectively display his production talents, emotive vocals and catchy hooks. He followed it up with another LP called "Help" earlier this year, and his most recent release is an EP called "Drink Bleach", which dropped a couple of months ago.


Recently, there have been a number of non-album releases coming out of the Linkin Park camp, so it's hardly unlikely that the band are working with Blackbear on something other than their seventh studio album. His versatility as a pop music writer, producer and performer means that there are all sorts of ways he could contribute in the studio with Linkin Park, so only time will tell what their collaboration will deliver.

Blackbear joins an eclectic list of artists/producers who have been joining Linkin Park in the studio this year, one which includes Conner Youngblood and Jon Green. Looking at all the collaborators that the band have been calling up, it seems that their seventh album may be shaping up to be quite a diverse one.

What are your thoughts on Blackbear working with LP on new music? Feel free to tell us what you think on our message board!

Source: Blackbear on Twitter via Infinity
Posted on June 3, 2016 by Filip
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The Lonely Island's new song, "Things In My Jeep", which features Linkin Park has been released, and is now available on iTunes, Spotify and various other streaming services. The track features a couple rapped verses by The Lonely Island's Akiva Schaffer and a sung/screamed chorus and bridge by our own Chester Bennington. The track almost feels like it parodies Linkin Park's style, being very dramatic about such a light-hearted topic. Backed up by a big electronic beat, the track is humorous and a good listen.

Check out the lyrics, lovingly transcribed by our moderator minuteforce below.

Boxing gloves, condoms and BluBlockers
Dress shoes, a sharpie and three quarters
A football / hacky sack / frisbee in the back and a baseball cap
Two folded chairs / Adirondack / and a mini-cooler full of healthy snacks
Beach towels / sunblock / surfboard and a sleeping bag
Bottle of water / cashew nuts / extra sauce / an American flag
Old boots / paper towels / Shop World: a novella
Deodorant / house keys (yeah) / sweatshirt / an umbrella
A golf club / basketball / bug spray / a laundry heap
A pocket knife / a battery / these are the things in my Jeep

These are the things in my Jeep / Jeep / Jeep / Jeep / Jeep
These are the things in my Jeep / Jeep / Jeep / Jeep / Jeep
These are the things in my Jeep / Jeep / Jeep / Jeep / Jeep
These are the things in my Jeep / Jeep / Jeep / Jeep / Jeep

Hairspray / a toy car / a deck of cards and some handy-wipes
A bag of trash / a shoelace / Rubik's cube and a flashlight
A bandana with my name on it / a mixtape / push play on it
Toothbrush and toothpaste / a Tic-Tac in a briefcase
A dreamcatcher / roadmaps / registration and insurance
A toy car / a rubber band / a tape of The Jimi Hendrix Experience
A cup holder / a steering wheel / a soda can in the backseat
A phone charger / an old wallet / these are the things in my Jeep

Hi / come inside / look around my Jeep (look around)
You will find such marvelous things
A broken stapler / some crumpled paper (yeah)
Prepare for an adventure inside my Jeep / (come inside)

These are the things in my Jeep / Jeep / Jeep / Jeep / Jeep
These are the things in my Jeep / Jeep / Jeep / Jeep / Jeep

These are the things / all of the things
These are the things that I keep in my Jeep
These are the things / all of the things
These are the things that I keep in my Jeep (things in my Jeep)
What do you think of the track? Will you be seeing the Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping movie today? Tell us in the forums!

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By our very own Decay. I'm sure he will want me to take this down.

 
Posted on June 2, 2016 by minuteforce
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Linkin Park fans may remember how LA-based artist Jensen Karp started up a podcast show called "Get Up On This" in 2011, with Mike Shinoda appearing as a guest on the very first episode. Over 200 episodes later, the LP lynchpin is being featured on the show once again. Jensen Karp has dusted off his rap stagename Hot Karl, picked up the mic and delivered a brand-new song with some of his friends called "Like Riding A Bike". Among them is Shinoda, who has not only brought his trademark Fort Minor-style production to the table (flipping a guitar part from the Janis Joplin cover of "Piece Of My Heart") but also penned a fresh, punchy 16 bars to open the track as well.

This is the same track which Shinoda gave us a quick preview of via Snapchat last week. In addition to himself and Karp, the song also features verses by Jensen Karp's longtime friends Ali Abnormal and Intuition. Karp promises that it will be officially released for download on SoundCloud in less than a week, on June 7, coinciding with the release of his new memoir "Kanye West Owes Me $300: And Other True Stories from a White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big". Nonetheless, it was premiered at the very end of the latest episode of "Get Up On This", which you can check out here. Karp begins introducing it right after the 1-hour mark and the song starts playing at 1:00:48.

*UPDATE JUNE 6*
The official final version of the song has now been posted on its own to SoundCloud. This version has better quality and also changes the opening lyric from Mike.

Not worried 'bout a tidal like Apple and Spotify
Streamin' freemium heat / your wounds'll get cauterised
Right in front of every fickle fan that you're followed by
Like blackhat hackers, you'll be lookin' for compromise
Your man's laughin' while we're watchin' you backpedal
The crowd's cringin' / you can't win / your attack's mellow
I'm half-hopin' you'll still rap when the laughs settle
Bodied by a singer from a band that did rap-metal?
Shit / I digress / where to start?
('Cause) whether I'm the biggest or I barely chart
Count wins on the tracks and the mic and art
I'm a legend in three games like I'm Jensen Karp
So irreverent / I tip-toe up
And whisper that you're more irrelevant than "Real World" Puck
Have you up at night, countin' all the reasons I suck
And I would love to hear about it but I ran out of fucks
What do you think of "Like Riding A Bike"? Let us know on our message board!

Source: "Get Up On This" on SoundCloud via iamsatan
Posted on May 26, 2016 by Kevin
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A new video documenting a trip that Phoenix and Rob took along with professional surfers Koa Smith and Koa Rothman to Magdalena Bay in Mexico's Baja Peninsula has been uploaded to the official Linkin Park YouTube channel. The video is an extended cut of a earlier video and goes more in depth as to what the purpose of the trip was, to see firsthand the Mangroves conservation project that was started by Music for Relief one year ago. You can watch the video here below.


Oh, and surfing. There's plenty of surf action going on in the video.

Remember to subscribe to the Linkin Park YouTube channel for new episodes of LPTV and all the other videos from the band.

Also remember to hop over to MusicForRelief.org to see if you can help out and volunteer at a show when that becomes topical or just in general to help them out. Also consider donating to help them. You don't have to have a reason to donate, it's for charity and the wellbeing of people or places in need.

What did you think of the video? Come and discuss in our forums.

 
Posted on May 26, 2016 by Kevin
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Mike Shinoda just posted two short clips of new music over on his Snapchat account. You can hear them for a limited time over there, just add "mikeshinodalive", or you can listen to the rip of them below.


The lyrics are:


... like the founder of Spotify
streamin' freemium heat / your wounds'll get cauterised
right in front of every fickle fan that you're followed by
like blackhat hackers, you'll be lookin' for compromise


What do you think of this? Does this match what you think the direction for the new album is? Come and discuss in our forums.

 
Posted on May 24, 2016 by Filip
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Instead of writing up another studio update, the band has decided to share a video from the studio this time. It's a short clip of Mike talking about a new song, giving very little, vague information. In the clip, he mentions the track he is talking about is a collaboration. You can watch the video below.



So what did you think of the video? What about those "collaborator sounds"? Come and discuss in our forums.

Source: Linkin Park