Posted on March 11, 2021 by Kevin
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The music video for Mike Shinodas latest song, Happy Endings, featuring Iann Dior and Upsahl, has now been released. The heavily stylized video, directed by pix3lface, features Mike, Iann and Upsahl performing their parts with various clips cut in to the performances. You can watch the video here below.


What do you think of the video? Does it change your opinion on the song? Come and discuss in our forums!

Source: Mike Shinoda Twitter

 
Posted on February 17, 2021 by Hybrid
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*Update 2*
The song has now been released and can be listened to on Spotify, Apple Music, or wherever you get your music!


*Update*
The teaser was indeed for a new song. It's called Happy Endings and will be released on Friday, February 14. and features rapper/singer Iann Dior and singer-songwriter Upsahl. There was also an extended preview posted on Mikes' Zora account.

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*Original Post*
Mike Shinoda
has been busy. During his live Twitch stream sessions, Mike has recorded 3 albums named Dropped Frames, that he wrote as he talked with and interacted with fans. He's also been producing songs there that fans and artists have been submitting to have him put his "magic touch" on. It's also no secret that Mike's day doesn't end when the Twitch stream gets turned off.

Mike said during his live Twitch stream on Monday that it's going to be a fun week this week and that he has things planned for the fans. He then went on to say: "You're gonna come back to me on like Thursday, or Friday? Yeah on Thursday you guys are gonna be like 'Man, Mike, you were right when you said it's a fun week this week. You were right.'"

On Tuesday, He tweeted out the clip below with the hashtag #HappyEndings.


Is Mike teasing a brand new song with the hashtag #HappyEndings? What do you think of the short clip? Sound off in our forums to let us know what you think Mike has planned.

Source: @MikeShinoda on Twitter

 
Posted on January 7, 2021 by minuteforce
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You thought the "Hybrid Theory" festivities were over but, apparently, they're not: hyperpop's dynamic duo 100 gecs have just delivered a fresh spin on a Linkin Park classic with their new remix of "One Step Closer"!

The new track arrives accompanied by this visualiser directed by Weston Allen, where Marvel Comics supervillain Thanos attempts to build a house of cards while in lockdown:


This "One Step Closer" remix starts off in familiar territory with the opening guitar sample, but Linkin Park's vintage nu-metal style is soon violently mashed with the gecs' signature industrial-club energy, and the result is as bright as it is abrasive. Vocalist Laura Les appears abruptly with a brand-new verse after the first chorus, before producer Dylan Brady delivers a chaotic drop full of glitchy guitar edits and monstrous vocal growls. The choruses are also switched up, with Les singing the melodic parts over new drum & bass rhythms.

In a press release regarding the remix quoted by NME and other outlets, Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda naturally compared the track to the remixes on 2002's "Reanimation", saying:
Part of the spirit of Reanimation was to take the ‘Hybrid Theory’ songs that people knew so well, and let innovative artists flip them in ways nobody expected [...] I think 100 gecs did exactly that.
Moreover, the same press release suggests that there will be yet more "Hybrid Theory" content to come, with this remix described as "the first in a slew of remixes of ‘Hybrid Theory’ tracks handled by more contemporary artists that will be released in the coming months." This may or may not be hinting at an upcoming remix compilation, but what is certain is that Linkin Park are not done celebrating their debut album.

It is likely no coincidence that Shinoda, in one of his recent Twitch streams, took on the task of remixing a 100 gecs song, "ringtone". More specifically, the track was 100 gecs' remix of their own song, a version which boasts a killer lineup of guests in Charli XCX, Kero Kero Bonito and Rico Nasty.


You can check out 100 gecs' reanimated version of "One Step Closer" on platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube.

What do you think of this track? Let us know on our message board!

 
Posted on November 13, 2020 by minuteforce
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Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda is one of the amazing artists that will appear on Deftones' "Black Stallion", an upcoming collection of remixes to celebrate their seminal 2000 album "White Pony". Today, Deftones unveil Shinoda's contribution, a reworking of the fan-favourite "Passenger". This song, of course, features the vocal talents of A Perfect Circle's Maynard James Keenan, who duets throughout the track with Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno. Shinoda's remix is now available to check out on various platforms including Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube.


Deftones and Linkin Park share a lengthy history as friends and tourmates, not to mention as mutual fans, but the two camps have collaborated on music releases only sparsely throughout the years. Most recently, Chino Moreno appeared on Mike Shinoda's 2018 album "Post Traumatic", lending his signature vocals to "Lift Off". Linkin Park's spectacular 20th anniversary edition of "Hybrid Theory", released earlier this year, also includes live footage of the band covering "My Own Summer (Shove It)", a song from Deftones' 1998 album "Around The Fur".

Shinoda's take on "Passenger" largely leaves the vocals alone, but discards nearly all the instrumentation - in place of the jagged guitars at the foundation of the original song is an ambient electronica palette. The track opens with soft arpeggios and ominous whispers but this atmosphere is suddenly punctured with thick bass stabs for the chorus, matching the contrast in the singing. Shinoda also laces some dusty piano throughout the arrangement, particularly in the outro, and makes liberal use of vinyl crackle.

The 20th anniversary edition of "White Pony", which will include the "Black Stallion" remix album, will be released on December 11 and can be pre-ordered here. Other artists who have contributed remixes for the collection include Clams Casino, Purity Ring, Phantogram, DJ Shadow, and The Cure's Robert Smith.

In the meantime, a video for Mike Shinoda's "Passenger" remix, directed by Aaron Hymes, is due to premiere here at 2:12 AM EDT / 9:12 PM PDT on Saturday, November 14, as part of the Adult Swim Festival 2020 lineup.

What do you think of this track? Let us know on our message board!

 
Posted on October 28, 2020 by minuteforce
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Linkin Park's 20th anniversary celebration of their groundbreaking 2000 debut album "Hybrid Theory" continues with the release of two special covers of iconic singles from the album: "One Step Closer" covered by Los Angeles-based alt-rocker grandson, and "In The End" covered by Inglewood's FEVER 333. Both tracks have been surprise-released exclusively on Spotify for fans to stream!


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grandson and FEVER 333 have both struck up friendships with Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda in recent years. Linkin Park fans will of course know grandson from his appearance on Shinoda's 2018 full-length album "Post Traumatic", where he lent his talents to the rager "Running From My Shadow". His take on "One Step Closer" combines samples from the original song with his own signature blend of alternative rock, hip-hop and glitchy electronica, in an arrangement that suddenly stops at the end of the climactic bridge. grandson has said this about getting the opportunity to reinterpret "One Step Closer":
I first heard ‘In The End’ when I was just a kid, illegally downloaded it off Kazaa when I was like ten and learned all of Mike’s verses. Then 10 years later I played the Forum with Mike in front of thousands of people. 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.
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FEVER 333's frontman Jason Aalon Butler, meanwhile, has made appearances via phone on Mike Shinoda's Twitch streams teasing a secret collaboration, which, in hindsight, may well have been this release. FEVER's cover of "In The End" sees them sticking quite closely to the original song in terms of instrumentation, contrasted with Jason's distinctive vocal flair. He proves his versatility as a singer by tackling both Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington's parts throughout the whole arrangement. Like grandson, he too remarked candidly on getting to cover an iconic song that means a lot to him:
I will never forget that overcast morning in Los Angeles walking from my locker in the F building down the now infamous 11 stair handrail at Westchester High (now of numerous skate vids fame) toward the bungalows that housed my algebra 2 education and being stopped by my only website building homie to tell me of this ‘awesome new band he found called Linkin Park.’ ‘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.
grandson and Jason Aalon Butler have also just appeared on Mike Shinoda's Twitch livestream to discuss the collaboration, and you can check out that VOD here.

You can get on Spotify and check out grandson's "One Step Closer" cover here and FEVER 333's "In The End" cover here. Come and tell us what you think on our message board!

 
Posted on September 17, 2020 by minuteforce
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Mike Shinoda's "Dropped Frames" trilogy is at last complete with today's release of its third and final installment, "Dropped Frames, Vol. 3"! The new album is available to stream and purchase on various digital outlets including the official mikeshinoda.com merch store.

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This set contains 14 instrumental tracks that were, of course, thought up and sketched out on Shinoda's Twitch livestreams, mostly beginning with prompts from his loyal subscribers. Similarly, the visual component of the release has been compiled from drawings created during artwork-themed livestreams, again using fans' suggestions as starting points. Closing out the selection is the fan-favourite "License To Waltz", which takes the listener on a journey with its changing rhythms and time signatures.


Check out the full "Dropped Frames, Vol. 3" tracklisting here:
  1. "Dream Fragment"
  2. "Sound Collector"
  3. "Dust Code"
  4. "No Delete"
  5. "Robet Yodel"
  6. "Vibe Train"
  7. "Mike's Gonna Mike"
  8. "Shoreline"
  9. "Goodbye Cow"
  10. "Genesis Supernova"
  11. "Sidechain Gang"
  12. "Overcast"
  13. "A Thousand Jams"
  14. "License To Waltz"
You can check out the album now on services like Spotify and Apple Music, and you can also check out a merch collection for the release at Mike Shinoda's official webstore.

Meanwhile, even with the completion of this trilogy, Shinoda's daily livestreams show no sign of stopping, although he is doing more drawing and gaming streams for his viewers to add more variety to the program. On the music side of things, he recently worked on an "A Thousand Suns"-themed idea in celebration of that album's 10th anniversary. Whether or not he plans to do anything with these post-"Dropped Frames" ideas is yet to be seen.

Come and discuss the new "Dropped Frames" album on our message board!

 
Posted on August 17, 2020 by Kevin
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GIVEAWAY TIME

Over a month long period the LPA team used a state-of-the-art voting system to reach a consensus on our top 20 Linkin Park songs over 20 years.
If you can guess the #1 song correctly you could win a $25 gift card for linkinpark.com!

Rules to enter:
1️⃣ 1 GUESS PER PERSON in comments
❤ Like this post

Winner will be announced at the end of the live stream at twitch.tv/lpassociation

Entries end August 23 10am PT.

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Good luck and guess #1 in the comments!

 
Posted on August 13, 2020 by minuteforce
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Linkin Park have been teasing something big for the 20th anniversary of their seminal debut album "Hybrid Theory". Fans have been on a journey with the tidbits posted on linkinpark.com during this past week, but, now, the wait is over! The official announcement has just dropped, and the band is ready to unveil exactly what this 20th anniversary box set is going to include.


Fans who check out linkinpark.com/hybridtheory20 will discover that Linkin Park have gone way, way beyond any possible expectations held by longtime, hardcore "Hybrid Theory" fans. Strap yourself in and check out the full list of what's in the "Super Deluxe" box set:

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  • 5 CDs
    • "Hybrid Theory"
    • the 2002 "Hybrid Theory" remix album "Reanimation"
    • "B-Sides Rarities", described as a "12-track compilation of rare B-sides"
    • "LPU Rarities", 18 tracks that were previously LPU-exclusive
    • "Forgotten Demos" - 12 demos that fans have never heard before
  • 3 DVDs
    • the band's 2001 documentary, "Frat Party At The Pankake Festival"
    • "Projekt Revolution 2002 / The Sequel To The DVD With The Worst Name We've Ever Come Up With", a follow-up to "Frat Party" which will include a never-before-seen full live show
    • a DVD containing two live shows: one at The Fillmore in San Francisco from 2001, and the fan-favourite Rock Am Ring 2001 festival set
  • 3 vinyls
    • the "Hybrid Theory" EP, which there has never been a pressing of before
    • "Hybrid Theory"
    • "Reanimation", which will have two discs
  • a casette reproduction of the original 2-track Linkin Park Street Sampler
  • an 80-page book with content and photos provided by the band, most of them never-before-seen
  • a poster of Chester Bennington
  • 3 litographs featuring visuals by Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn as well as the band's art director Frank Maddocks
  • a replica of the Projekt Revolution 2002 tour laminate
This mindblowing amount of content comes down to USD $199.98, and those familiar with Linkin Park's beginnings know how that amount doesn't come close to the value of all of this put together. Among the many demos and unreleased tracks included on the CDs is a recording of "Pictureboard" which has been eagerly searched for by Linkin Park's fanbase since first being mentioned in a throwaway comment by Mike Shinoda in 2005.

Pre-ordering will get you an instant download of "She Couldn't" from the "Forgotten Demos" CD. It's also available now on streaming services and YouTube.



PRE-ORDER NOW

Meanwhile, fans who are after smaller bundles are being offered these two options:

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Firstly, the Vinyl Deluxe Box Set, a more minimal edition of the box set that contains just the "Hybrid Theory", "Reanimation" and "B-Sides Rarities" vinyls. This edition costs USD $59.98.

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Secondly, the Deluxe CD, a 2-disc package that contains "Hybrid Theory" and "B-Sides Rarities", plus a 16-page booklet. This edition is listed at USD $19.98.

On top of this, there is a new merch collection which includes items such a pin and a dad hat, as well as a couple of T-shirts designed by Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn, respectively, showing new takes on the "Hybrid Theory" winged soldier concept. (These images also appear on the lithographs included in the "Super Deluxe" box set.)

All of these box sets and related bundles, including digital editions of all the music, are available for pre-order right now - all the details and more at linkinpark.com!

How speechless are you? Let us know!

 
Posted on August 9, 2020 by Louis
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In preparation for the 20th anniversary of the release of Hybrid Theory in October, we are excited to present to you our Top 20 of 20: a ranking of the Top 20 Linkin Park songs spanning their discography over the last twenty years. We will be presenting our ranking via live Twitch Stream (twitch.tv/LPAssociation) on the 20th anniversary of the release of the “One Step Closer” single: Sunday, August 23rd, 2020 at 10 am PT / 1 am ET / 6 pm BST / 7 pm CET.

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A few months ago, the LPA staff got together to identify the band's Top 20 songs – which could only be achieved through a rigorous and painstaking scientific process. Using a state-of-the-art voting system and elimination process, we whittled down the band’s expansive discography through a multi-stage elimination process. And after several weeks of vigorous debates and opinion-shaming, we finally were able to determine a Top 20 list that represents the staff’s collective ranking of our favorite Linkin Park tracks.

We feel so good about this process that not only do we think that this ranking will truly speak for millions of Linkin Park fans around the world, but we are also absolutely certain that the band will back it and confirm that these are the definitive Top 20 Linkin Park songs of the past twenty years.

But in all seriousness, we thought it would be fun to share the rankings and our process with the Linkin Park community. So, we will unveil our rankings via Twitch stream on August 23rd! This is your chance to tell us if you think we got it right (which we did, through science), or if we got it wrong (which we did not). Either way, the results will surprise you – so you will not want to miss this Twitch stream!

As part of this celebration, we will also be doing giveaways across social media in the lead up to the event and on the live stream itself! So, make sure to follow our social media channels and tune in for a chance to participate and win prizes!

Stay tuned for more information about the Twitch stream! We hope you will join us for this fun celebration of the band’s music.

LPASSOCIATION TWITCH CHANNEL
SUN AUG 23 10AM PT | 1PM ET | 6PM BST

 
Posted on August 7, 2020 by Kevin
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*Update: Day 6*
On to the day 6 of updates. This was the smallest update so far, but that doesn't matter:
  1. Another theme was added, this one is named "Inverted" and features a inverted band image from the Hybrid Theory photoshoot
  2. Two new emails are available, one from Joe, reading:
    Hey guys I think we're all set. Let's drop the announcement tomorrow at 7am PST via WebMeeting
  3. The other email is from Mike with this gif: [​IMG]

*Update: Day 5*
Going on day 5 of straight updates.
  1. A new "Dark" theme was added
  2. If you go to "Start>System Properties>File System" you can now click on "Force Automatic Updates", this will then enable you to install new software.
  3. Under "Start>Programs>Software Installer" if you run it a piece of software called "PictBoard (Hidden File)" will be listed and when clicking next adds a folder to the desktop called "In Yourself Jam".
  4. This folder contains a file called "Demo_Pic_Board.mp3". The file is corrupted and can't be opened


*Update: Day 4*
Another day, another update. Not as massive an update as yesterday, but still some interesting things:
  1. Two new emails are now available in the "MailNet Client", one from Brad and one from Phoenix
  2. In Brads email, we get a look at another four tracks, "completing the collection"
    1. 09_Carousel_4424_22_20.wav
    2. 10_Points_Of_Authority_4424_20.wav
    3. 11 Crawling demo.m4a
    4. 12 Super Xero.m4a
  3. In the email from Phoenix we get four old show flyers from the bands early days
  4. Another new theme has been added, this one is named "Cool"

*Update: Day 3*
For the third day in a row the site has been updated with new content, this time making available some cool media:
  1. If you defragment the C drive (Start > Programs > Defragger) a quick string of letters will appear, this is the password for the Passwords (Start > Settings > Passwords) tab. The password is "4P7LYE"
  2. When unlocked, two new tabs will appear in the Documents menu (Start > Documents), "For Review" and "Image Approvals"
  3. Under "For Review", four new tracks are listed:
    1. 01_Dialate 4424_APR20.wav
    2. 02_PB_Edit_2020_4424_20.wav
    3. 03_She_Couldn't_4424_20.wav
    4. 04_Could_Have_Been_4424_20.wav
  4. Under "Image Approvals" there are also four images from the Hybrid Theory photoshoot
  5. Two new emails have appeared in the "MailNet Client", one from Joe and one from Brad
  6. A new theme has been added to the themes selector, this time "Neon"

*Update: Day 2*
The site has been updated with new content, as of right now these are the updates:
  1. "Essul" has been corrected to "Esaul"
  2. There are now three emails in the email application, from Mike, Rob and Phoenix
  3. A new "Light" theme was added, now making it three available; Light, Warm and Basic

*Original Post*
Leading up to the Hybrid Theory 20 year anniversary, Linkin Park has just updated their website to be an ARG of their old band computer. We can explore it to find hidden treasures and easter eggs. One particularly interesting thing is the Admin Unlock part, requiring a password, sure to hide something really fun and cool.

If you go to the "Start > Settings > Network" section you can connect to a "MShinoda Music Server" showing four tracks:
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  2. 06_Rhinestone_Mix_4424_20.wav
  3. 07_Essul_4424_22_20.wav
  4. 08_Stick_N_Move_demo_4424_20.wav
Except for Esual, all these tracks could be found on the Xero Casette Tape, the first release the band ever put out. It also shows that there are atleast four other tracks that are missing from the server.

There is also a readme text from Mike Shinoda if you go to "Start > Documents", containing this message:
READ THIS BEFORE YOU DELETE ANYTHING

Hey here's some more info on what I need your help with on this thing.

I just booted it up for the first time in like 20 years and it's a mess. I'm having a hard time locating the files we need for that thing I told you about, can you help me dig through it and find anything we could use?

Places to start:
1. I tried getting this thing to connect to my old server but no luck, maybe you can figure it out.
2. I think my old email account is still set up on this, maybe a few of them are in there?
3. I have no idea what the passwords are for most of this stuff, I'll keep digging on my end but there's a chance they might just be gone.

GOOD LUCK, YOU'LL NEED IT -m
So head over to linkinpark.com and help us find more interesting things, and help us solve this puzzle!