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    Mike Shinoda Confirms "LIVING THINGS" as Album Title + Talks Linkin Park Progress

    In a blog post from Mike Shinoda today, he finally confirmed the hugely speculative title for Linkin Park's fifth studio album as "LIVING THINGS". He also spoke a little about the progress of the band and how they approached new record. Read some excerpts and check out the full blog at the link below:

    "Monday is almost here.

    Early Monday morning, our new single BURN IT DOWN will be released. The LIVING THINGS album pre-sale will begin. You’ll see the album cover, the track listing, and hear about some new tour plans. My bandmates and I are very excited for this week.

    In the early part of our career, we were inexperienced. We made decisions on all fronts that some of us regret (some times a little, some times a lot). And some decisions (like my fire-engine red hair back in the day) were things that I don’t really regret, but I simply wouldn’t do today. All those things spun together to create a complicated uneasiness about the past that the band wasn’t able to come to terms with for a while.

    Luckily, I wasn’t the only one who felt that way. Over the course of the last year, the subject kept popping up, and we talked about how to tastefully bridge the gap between all the musical places we’ve been, to marry together all the ideas we’ve accumulated about how to make a song. And as LIVING THINGS began taking shape, the most powerful shift I saw take place was the acceptance and eagerness to use all the tools in the toolbox, not just some. Everything at once, together.

    Some people have already compared our new album to the early ones. I suppose it depends on how you want to make that comparison (by the way, it’s certainly not about guitars). For me, it’s all about getting back to the real “hybrid theory” — not the album with that name, but the idea that the six guys in our band have drastically different tastes in music, and the blending of all those sounds into one is exactly what we built our band upon.

    ///

    The single BURN IT DOWN and the album LIVING THINGS will be available tomorrow."

    Read the Full Blog Post on MikeShinoda.com

    "LIVING THINGS" was first determined as a possible album title after LPA members ciphered hidden code in the BURN IT DOWN Puzzle to reveal the phrase last week, it was then reaffirmed in a Tweet from Mike Shinoda and since then it has been heavily speculated in the Linkin Park community until the official confirmation today.

    Get ready for tomorrow because it's going to be a crazy day for news. Keep checking back at LPAssociation for all the latest news and updates.

    What do you think of the album title "LIVING THINGS"? Let us know on the LPA Forums!

    Source: Mike Shinoda

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    TRACKLIST AND COVER, FUCK YEAH

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    "The single BURN IT DOWN and the album LIVING THINGS will be available tomorrow."

    Wait the album comes tomm????

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    I like it, despite what others may say about it. I think it encompasses all of the things they've done before into one
    May luck have you and guide you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe View Post
    In a blog post by Mike Shinoda, he finally confirmed the hugely speculative title for Linkin Park's fifth studio release as "LIVING THINGS". He also spoke a little about the progress of the new record and what fans can expect this coming Monday, which promises to be one of the biggest days in Linkin Park history. Read the entry below:

    "Monday is almost here.

    Early Monday morning, our new single BURN IT DOWN will be released. The LIVING THINGS album pre-sale will begin. You’ll see the album cover, the track listing, and hear about some new tour plans. My bandmates and I are very excited for this week.

    Many of you know our story up until this point. We built the band upon the idea of fusing all our favorite styles of music–as different as they might be–into one, signature sound. Our first two albums were the result of a lot of hard work, perseverance, smarts, and luck, to build a toolbox that would provide us with what we needed to make the best songs we could at the time.

    Success came at a pivotal time in an industry that was about to take a nosedive, and we were able to establish ourselves before things changed drastically. Hybrid Theory became the best-selling album of the year, worldwide. After Meteora‘s success, we realized that we needed to step back and think about our future, in order to have one. We decided we had to had to veer away from the main thing upon which our success was built: the music.

    When I tried to explain this pivotal moment to a friend of mine, he had a hard time understanding. He said, “It’s like you invented the Big Mac or the iPod, then decided not to sell it anymore. Why the hell would you do that?”

    Trying to explain how personal and artistic choices factor in for a band like ours is difficult. As we finished up “A Thousand Suns” in 2010, I found myself having to try to do it often, in interviews and to myself. Before we even finished the songs, each guy in my band knew it was a polarizing and challenging album, one that people would probably love or hate. I suppose that it didn’t really matter if it made sense to anyone but us — for a while, we had to steer as far away from the early sound of Linkin Park as possible, or else we would be trapped making the exact same music over and over until we had to call it quits.

    Thinking back: as we wrote Minutes To Midnight and A Thousand Suns, I would sometimes bring in demos that sounded like something from the first two albums. Those demos were always met with a negative reaction by my bandmates, and I tended to agree. I loved the journey toward a new, unknown sound. With each experiment, we discovered new ways to make songs, and we filled our toolbox with tons of new tools. With each song, we tried both cutting-edge and classic gear; we started with radically different seeds; and we approached the vocals with a virtual blindfold on. And, about a year ago, I realized that our toolbox was virtually overflowing with great tools.

    But we were avoiding something.

    In the early part of our career, we were inexperienced. We made decisions on all fronts that some of us regret (some times a little, some times a lot). And some decisions (like my fire-engine red hair back in the day) were things that I don’t really regret, but I simply wouldn’t do today. All those things spun together to create a complicated uneasiness about the past that the band wasn’t able to come to terms with for a while.

    Luckily, I wasn’t the only one who felt that way. Over the course of the last year, the subject kept popping up, and we talked about how to tastefully bridge the gap between all the musical places we’ve been, to marry together all the ideas we’ve accumulated about how to make a song. And as LIVING THINGS began taking shape, the most powerful shift I saw take place was the acceptance and eagerness to use all the tools in the toolbox, not just some. Everything at once, together.

    Some people have already compared our new album to the early ones. I suppose it depends on how you want to make that comparison (by the way, it’s certainly not about guitars). For me, it’s all about getting back to the real “hybrid theory” — not the album with that name, but the idea that the six guys in our band have drastically different tastes in music, and the blending of all those sounds into one is exactly what we built our band upon.

    ///

    The single BURN IT DOWN and the album LIVING THINGS will be available tomorrow."

    Get ready for tomorrow because it's going to be a crazy day for news. Keep checking back at LPAssociation for all the latest news and updates.

    What do you think of the album title "LIVING THINGS"? Let us know on the LPA Forums!


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    Well there goes our hopes of getting the tracklist first. Shinoda's gonna beat us to that. Thanks Shinoda .
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    Fucking awesome! I'm so pumpedddddddddddd!!!!!!!
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    At least! By what Mike said yesterday I thought Living Things could be part of the album's name, but now it's clearly confirmed that it is the name of it.

    Can't wait for tomorrow!


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    Quote Originally Posted by mrtheory View Post
    "The single BURN IT DOWN and the album LIVING THINGS will be available tomorrow."

    Wait the album comes tomm????
    I think he means the pre-sale .

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrtheory View Post
    "The single BURN IT DOWN and the album LIVING THINGS will be available tomorrow."

    Wait the album comes tomm????
    Just pre-sale I think.

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    He also said "the album LIVING THINGS will be available tomorrow." Whether that means just a pre-order for physical copies or an actual download will be available tomorrow, I do not know.


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    Thanks Joe . Love you too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrtheory View Post
    "The single BURN IT DOWN and the album LIVING THINGS will be available tomorrow."

    Wait the album comes tomm????
    Just bad wording. He definitely meant pre-sale comes tomorrow, as he stated earlier in the post.

    I enjoyed the read. Looking forward to tomorrow, and getting my hands on the album in June.

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    If the new album hypothetically is released tomorrow, then that would be the single most epic surprise in the history of mankind.

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    I don't like the album title on its own. It just doesn't hold any weight. Hybrid Theory, Meteora, Minutes to Midnight, A Thousand Suns, they all indicated some deeper meaning to the words, where Living Things just sounds straightforward. But considering the direction that LP has been taking, and the way their music has evolved, I can't help but wonder if there _is_ some deeper meaning to Living Things, something that we'll be let in on as we hear the music on the new album.

    Either way, it's not the title I was hoping for, but if the music is good I'll be happy.

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    By the way, we pretty much knew Living Things was the album title by the time the puzzle was finished...but we were in no hurry to beat Shinoda/LP to the official announcement like some other sites. This album is important to the band and we wanted to respect this. Judging by Mike's blog post this is one of the most important albums for them personally. I cant wait to hear it.

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    You know, after reading that, Linkin Park actually would have been a decent album name for this record. But with that said I'm sure Living Things will make sense soon enough. My excitement for this album just sky rocketed.

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    Amazing! I cant wait to see the album cover hear the new single etc etc. exciting as hell!!!!

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    So, Living Things, huh? It's not bad.. I guess it may grow on me..

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