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.
- 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
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.
Meanwhile, fans who are after smaller bundles are being offered these two options:
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.
Secondly, the Deluxe CD, a 2-disc package contains "Hybrid Theory", "B-Sides Rarities" and 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!
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.
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.
- Another theme was added, this one is named "Inverted" and features a inverted band image from the Hybrid Theory photoshoot
- 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
- The other email is from Mike with this gif:
- A new "Dark" theme was added
- 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.
- 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".
- This folder contains a file called "Demo_Pic_Board.mp3". The file is corrupted and can't be opened
- Two new emails are now available in the "MailNet Client", one from Brad and one from Phoenix
- In Brads email, we get a look at another four tracks, "completing the collection"
- 11 Crawling demo.m4a
- 12 Super Xero.m4a
- In the email from Phoenix we get four old show flyers from the bands early days
- Another new theme has been added, this one is named "Cool"
- 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"
- When unlocked, two new tabs will appear in the Documents menu (Start > Documents), "For Review" and "Image Approvals"
- Under "For Review", four new tracks are listed:
- 01_Dialate 4424_APR20.wav
- Under "Image Approvals" there are also four images from the Hybrid Theory photoshoot
- Two new emails have appeared in the "MailNet Client", one from Joe and one from Brad
- A new theme has been added to the themes selector, this time "Neon"
- "Essul" has been corrected to "Esaul"
- There are now three emails in the email application, from Mike, Rob and Phoenix
- A new "Light" theme was added, now making it three available; Light, Warm and Basic
If you go to the "Start > Settings > Network" section you can connect to a "MShinoda Music Server" showing four tracks:
There is also a readme text from Mike Shinoda if you go to "Start > Documents", containing this message:
READ THIS BEFORE YOU DELETE ANYTHINGSo head over to linkinpark.com and help us find more interesting things, and help us solve this puzzle!
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
Fans of Mike Shinoda's recently-released "Dropped Frames, Vol. 1" are no doubt rejoicing today as the second installment of the "Dropped Frames" trilogy is available now on digital music platforms!
The set consists of another twelve instrumentals that were all conceived and largely shaped live on daily Twitch livestreams, with Shinoda routinely drawing upon his community members' suggestions for starting points and arrangement ideas - so far, Shinoda has tackled nearly every musical challenge thrown at him, no matter how wild, and the end result naturally puts his versatility on full display. Similarly, the visuals for each "Dropped Frames" release are a collage of drawings made by Shinoda that grow from fans' suggestions.
In addition to sourcing ideas from his Twitch audience, a few of these tracks include elements taken from sample packs created by some of Shinoda's friends and peers in the wider music community: YouTube sensation Elise Trouw, New York hip-hop legend Money Mark, and Shinoda's own tour drummer, Dan Mayo (whose drums were previously heard on "Channeling, Pt. 1" off "Vol. 1").
Check the "Dropped Frames, Vol. 2" tracklist here:
- "Julio’s Revenge"
- "Isolation Bird" (feat. Money Mark)
- "Side Scrolling"
- "Dungeon Crawler"
- "Dog Whistles"
- "Astral" (feat. Elise Trouw)
- "Sunset Drive"
- "Channeling, Pt. 2" (feat. Dan Mayo)
- "King Paprika"
- "Party Meow"
Did any of your favourites make it onto "Dropped Frames, Vol. 2"? Let us know!
The album is now out and can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, YouTube, Amazon, and Google Play
As we all know, Mike Shinoda started streaming on Twitch and YouTube back in March and has kept it going on a daily basis since, rarely missing a stream. On one of his first streams he finished up the demo for Open Door which he released as a download later that day.
“Dropped Frames is just as much about the live channel as it is about the ‘album’,” Shinoda says.On his Instagram Mike had this to say about the album:
“The collection of songs is a highlight reel of the tracks I make on the channel, but a big part of the experience is the stream itself. When I start, I usually have very little idea of where it will go.
What comes out is a product of the viewers’ suggestions, my spur-of-the-moment ideas, and whatever inexplicable magic is floating in between.”
In March, when quarantine began, I started creating music live online. In addition to bringing the fans together for a daily conversation, the live streams inspired dozens of unexpected genre mashups and theme ideas. I'm excited to announce the release of my first batch of these instrumental songs.
My album “Dropped Frames Vol. 1” will be coming out July 10th. Leading the release is “Open Door,” a song that started out as a challenge called #singopendoor and evolved into a track featuring 7 fans from around the world.
“Open Door” is the only vocal-led song in the album. In times like these, when so much is being said, I felt an album of wordless tracks might hopefully give fans a place of respite—a break from the chatter. Listen to them while you chill, while you work, while you paint, while you eat, while you play...wherever they fit into your life.
With the announcement of the album Mike decided to release 3 songs, Open Door, Osiris, and Super Galaxtica. Open Door is the finished version of the song with a number of guest vocalists, it's the also the only song on the album that with singing on it. You can listen to all three songs here below.
Open Door | Making Of
Super Galaxtica | Making Of
Duckbot | Making of
Cupcake Cake | Making of
El Rey Demonio | Making of
Doodle Buzz | Making of
Channeling Pt. 1 (feat. Dan Mayo) | Making of
Osiris | Making of
Babble Bobble | Making of
Session McSessionface | Making of
Neon Crickets | Making of
Booty Down | Making of
Source: Mike Shinoda Instagram | Spin.com
Steve Aoki has dropped his new album "Neon Future IV" and among its whopping 27 tracks (across two sides) is a song called "Last One To Know" which features the talents of Linkin Park band member Mike Shinoda. Shinoda co-wrote and sings on the song in a duet with Canadian pop sensation Lights.
Aoki may be best-known for energetic electro-house but this song's production features major-key bright arpeggios and piano chords over a halftime future bass rhythm. It doesn't explode in the manner of his typical festival anthems, instead staying firmly in a radio-friendly pop space. The candid lyrics contrast with this upbeat vibe, with Shinoda and Lights bitterly ruminating on the emotional strain of miscommunications and failing relationships - the first verse begins, in fact, with Shinoda contemplating brazenly burning down an office.
This is, of course, not the first time Aoki has teamed up with Linkin Park: he and the band dropped a joint single, the aggressive electro banger "A Light That Never Comes", in 2013, and they followed that up by working together on a melodic house track called "Darker Than Blood" for Aoki's 2015 studio album "Neon Future II".
You can check out "Last One To Know" off the album "Neon Future IV" on Spotify.
Mike has recently embraced the service "Community", making it available for him and fans to send SMS-messages back and forth privately. Earlier in the day Mike went live on Instagram and showed him finishing up a demo called "Open Door", which he has now released on Community!
But, Mike gave the OK for the song to be posted online for the international fans, so here you go:
If you want to interact with Mike on Community you can do so by sending a SMS to 310-935-0302 (only for USA) and if you want to watch the recorded stream of Mike working on the song you can do so here
(credit to LinkinPark:br)
What do you think of the song? Come and discuss in our forums!
St. Louis-based rock band Foxing released their third studio album "Nearer My God" in August last year. Now, they unveil a brand-new remix of its vibrant opening track "Grand Paradise", helmed by none other than Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda! The track premiered through New York music blog BrooklynVegan, paired with this trippy visualiser:
Shinoda's new take on the song largely keeps to the template of the original song, but he has replaced the drums and basses with his own, in addition to providing new octaved guitar parts during the final chorus. An arpeggio synth also appears throughout the second half of the arrangement, and new pitched vocal edits briefly appear during the bridge and outro.
In a Facebook post announcing the track, Foxing explain how the link-up came about:
Having been lifelong fans of Mike’s work both in & outside of Linkin Park & Fort Minor, we were extremely flattered when we found out he enjoyed our record. We quite literally said “fuck it” and DM’d him on Instagram asking if he would remix a song not expecting a response. The post also reveals that this "Grand Paradise" rework is the first taste of an upcoming remix collection that Foxing have planned. More remixes are due to premiere in the coming months:
So, needless to say, it’s an incredibly surreal moment for us to be sharing his version of our song with the world today. He’s been a dream collaborator of all of ours and we are floored with what he’s done with ‘Grand Paradise’.
This is just the first track in a series of remixes to be released throughout the remainder of the year. More incredible work coming from The Chain Gang Of 1974, Psychic Babble, Bas Relief & Chris P. Thompson.
For his part, Shinoda said this in his own Facebook post:
Grand Paradise’ is my favorite track off of Nearer My God, and I’m grateful the band let me remix it. The original has so many spectacular tracks and melodies, and I loved reinterpreting them.The "Grand Paradise" remix is available on digital music services including Spotify. You can also check out the original version of "Grand Paradise" here. The album that the track is slated to appear on, "Nearer My God Remixes", has no set release date as of yet.
Source: Mike Shinoda on Facebook
Mike Shinoda has released a brand new track titled "fine" which was written for the movie "The Blackout" which is in theaters across Russia on November 21st and Germany, Austria, and the Baltic States on November 28th.
You can check out footage of the movie in this video below which incorporates the track:
The new song is now out worldwide.
What do you think of the new song from Mike Shinoda?