Studio Update, Jan 5 2010

January 5, 2010

We had our first Monday meeting of 2010. First, we took a listen to the first five songs, which are almost finished and sounding great. I was going to tell you guys the working titles…but I changed my mind. I realized if I did that, the,, and fan site forums would be flooded with threads about them, where people make crazy guesses about the songs’ sounds based on the working title…followed by thousands of fake links to “leaked mp3s” within a few days. Since I have great respect for your valuable time, I won’t tempt you to waste it on such things. πŸ™‚

Anyway, back to Monday: We started thinking about the second batch…we have 15-20 songs that we like, and we’ll be picking a new batch from those. There are a few common themes beginning to circulate in the lyrics and in the music. As I think I mentioned, the record might be a little more conceptual than our other ones. Not a “concept album” per se (it’s not as far-out as that term would have you imagine), but it definitely has some thematic threads tying it together.

One funny thing came to mind as I was writing this: the term “genre busting” seems to keep coming up when talking about this album. In fact, if you Google “genre busting,” the first thing you get is a link to an interview with me about this new music. If you read the piece, you’ll see the following:

Linkin Park co-frontman Mike Shinoda says the band’s fourth studio album is going to be so unique, β€œthey’re going to have to come up with a new genre name for what this record is.”

This offhanded comment was meant to be a bit of a joke. Most people don’t take it as lightly as I meant it; because of that, part of me regretted saying it. But recently, there’s a voice in the back of my head saying: Why not really make that the bar? “So unique that they’ll have to make a new genre name.” I don’t know if we’ll ever be able to hit that mark, but we might as well give it a shot.




  1. dark AnGeL on February 3, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Linkin park-The best!!!!!!!

  2. JUJUshelia on January 26, 2010 at 8:00 am

    thank you for the up date mike!


  3. Sheba on January 20, 2010 at 5:02 am

    that’s cool ! I think your new albums gonna be AWESOME as always ! keep rocking ! πŸ™‚

  4. farzy_lp on January 19, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    im soo excited for your next album LP!! i dont care whether it will sound like the hybrid theory or m2m! as long as it’s from you i will buy it! πŸ˜€

  5. Xaero on January 12, 2010 at 4:31 am

    To be honest, i think Lp lost some of the steam and agressive sound in MTM. hybrid theory/ meteora were just plain awesome, hard music, chester’s scream, mike’s vocals(50%/50%, not 100% chester as it is now) made an incredible compilation, that was unique and made a very specific style. With MTM you guys sound like most of the bands today, playing “merchandise” music(like green day and such) In short words: more agressive, more mike!(Mtm had slow songs with mike hardly heard) the more songs like One step closer or Somewhere i belong you make, the better. You guys showed that rap and rock can be performed in 1 song, keep this style u made up, don’t let it die please!

  6. Xer0_GraVity on January 11, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    what ever happened with you guys and timbaland

  7. lucky_cat on January 9, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Since I was one of the people that didn’t take it lightly … this post really makes me laughing πŸ™‚ …………….
    EDIT: Love the picture, btw.

  8. highlandpark on January 9, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Hey Mike, I like that black & white picture on the upper right side. Looks like a person looking at a flying monkey!

  9. Shinobi_Ninja on January 7, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Woot man, peoples that dont take that as lightly as it might be, who cares about them, they don’t deserve you!
    I just can’t wait for the new album. My life is depending of linkin park πŸ˜› But woow, I’m sure we will make a new genre for you guys, 100% And it maybe would be named like: Linking theme πŸ˜› (I know LP is Linkin park and not Linking) And don’t worry about the time it would take, Bcz it’s quality not quantity (Linkin park = Quality :P)

  10. LPfan_mar on January 7, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I believe that it will be a good album! and, if is a new genre, no problem! It’ll be good, for sure. (I’m so anxious to listen a demo or a song from new album!)
    ah! and I think your choice of don’t say to us the songs titles is good… sometimes title show other side, and don’t what the song is about… (my english isn’t perfect, i know that, so, sorry for that) =]

  11. Sintia on January 7, 2010 at 9:07 am

    I have to be honest. HT is still my fave albumCD till this day. As for Meteroa it was diff but personally wasn’t all gr8 to me. MTM sounded more of a U2 feel. Don’t get me wrong I did like both albums but the songs that I didn’t like or care for had to grow on me which I didn’t want. I love seeing LP live (which I nvr get tired of), meetgreets, LPU, & other side projects that LP has but I still support and believe in LP. I believe that LP will not want to rush to put out a new album. If that was the case then ya’ll wood hav more albums out & it may or may not be good at all. So do wat you know best cuz all of you hav to carry the pressure. Can’t wait to hear new music from LP. Take care

  12. faiintx on January 6, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    ” I don’t know if we’ll ever be able to hit that mark, but we might as well give it a shot.” <– You will. Linkin Park can do anything. By the way, is there going to be a Projekt Revolution ’10? I’m dying to know!

  13. Roxybella on January 6, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    You don’t even know how excited I am about this news. Can’t wait for the new songs! They can’t be made fast enough. I’m so anxious. Keep us informed on the process. Thank you! Thank you for everything.

  14. abbykulyde on January 6, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    didn’t you guys made that in HT?? when the genre “Nu Metal” came up… well i guess you can do that the second time around…=)

    hhmmmm… so what now? any guess on the new genre? LOL!

    goodluck guys!

  15. Xarl0s on January 6, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    hey mike tanks for the news you made my day with this

  16. Roger on January 6, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I trust in you… can wait for hear ONE demo… it will be a great album… GO LP

  17. ShadowerLiltani on January 6, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    5 songs picked, nice πŸ˜€ Good to hear some progress. I’ve gotten to the point where I refer to your style as “multi-genre”, because it really is the only thing that describes your style. If I hear people call you guys “alternative” one more time I’m going to eat my face. If you have ever watched that show Roseanne, then you know what joke I’m talking about.

  18. pianolp325 on January 6, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Hey Mike. whats up. this is Josh from the band SELA. We were the first featured act on ur page a year ago. good luck in the studio. my band is currently recording out of the Larry Goldz studio(the roots, Jill Scott, J davey, Jazmine sullivan) so if u can wish us luck cuz we got meeting with warner bros europe and sony in the next few weeks. good look on NOT giving working titles. we have a song working titled sexy heat and nothing in the lyrics is about sex and high temps lol. take your time and dont rush good music. that something I learned from you guys. oh and shoot for the stars. genre busting is where its at lol. anyway check out our latest e.p.

  19. SoUneik on January 6, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Sigh…. The voice in your comments said it too. …and I meant it. Do it.

  20. LetΓ­cia_Rusch on January 6, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Well .. I believe that talent is not lacking for this next album is, who knows … better than all previous. Yes, why not? Coming from Linkin Park, I always hope the best! o Surprise me again Linkin Park! Good luck and good work Mike! We, Brazilians waiting anxiously awaiting the new album. Kisses. ;3

  21. Ezza on January 6, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    hahaha i did that google search… it comes up with the word “cashed” underneath it XD… which i think means that google looks at the sites ive visted and then taylors the search results XD…..anyways i would love to hear what u come up with sound wise cuz for me i know im sick of all the main stream shit out there, there’s too much of it and it gets really annoying :S. i think its a good thing to keep the working titles from us XD. i think its awesome that u know what’d happen if u did tell us πŸ˜„

    cant wait for the new CD tho πŸ™‚

  22. Kaeru on January 6, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    ohayoo kenji-kun
    moaa when you talk about the new album it drive me crazy because i can’t listing to it now. dont let us wait to much time!
    by the way do yoe realy think you dont have reach the mark of create a new genre mark? i think you know about the tribute to linkin park CD’s, all these linkin park cover bands and some bands who try to copy your music style. maybe the new music genre get called Linkin Park ^-^ hehe you have to give it a name by your own because they like put the music in the wrong
    category ___ mata ne <(^-^<)

  23. Ellz on January 6, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Good good good. Thanks for the update. Anymore songs about “Donna!?” πŸ™‚

  24. PascalK on January 6, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    A simple equation:

    Linkin Park + 2010 = β™₯β™₯β™₯


    Thanks for the news Mr. Shinoda :D:D

  25. DragonOfLP on January 6, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Thank you Mike for comments about album. I really can’t wait to hear new sound of new album.
    Well, I think it’ll be so good if you tell us at least one song name:)

    P.S The photo is really nice
    P.S2 LP ROCKS!!:))

  26. Lvix on January 6, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Great news! I wished I could listen to the demo’s… And I could tell you wich songs to pick.. mwoehaha!
    Anyway, you’re right about not telling the working titles. (You can tell them when the album is out. I received yesterday my lpu9 package and I have to say this cd is verry important for me! I learned a lot thanks to this. I produce music by my own and now I finally realize music can make a lot of changes.


  27. Aline on January 6, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Thank you Mike Shinoda for your frankness and feelings you express here. I think all of the friends around the world like this fact about you. We’re all impaciently waiting for the product of your hard work! best regards

  28. ben_moon on January 6, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    ok, the first thing the fans are gonna say is, wtf is this? thats what happened with minutes to midnight… and if you can get a new genre, that would be amazing. Also… stop using autotune… 😦

  29. _Tiff_Tiff_33_LP_ on January 6, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    wow sounds cool,no matter what it sounds like I know I will love it,no matter what,anything LP I love!!!!^_^

  30. Madlen on January 6, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    I just got butterflies in my stomach:DI remember that back in 2007,while waiting for MTM to come out I was wondering what it would be like and you guys were saying that it’s going to be very different but still lp and now you’re saying that and I don’t know what to expect:)Whatever you do,you always have that weird thing (lol I don’t how to express myself) going on that just makes the songs so original and …amazing:)Anyway…waiting for the new record:)And it would be really nice if you post like everytime you have a band meeting:D

  31. ArtMakesMe on January 6, 2010 at 11:53 am

    OmG lol….I remeber a few month’s ago ppl we’re coming up with names for it back at…

  32. KATHYxx on January 6, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Thanks you for having me not have to tell people 1,000 times that fake leaked songs are fake.

    though really, as soon as you guys say “We finished” there’s gonna be some ho on ebay peddling a fake CD with grey daze songs on it. And I will be on the LPU harassing everyone claiming they have it. And the circle of life renews just as it always has.

  33. Charlotte_Jay on January 6, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Thank you for the studio update Mike and I googled “genre busting” and yeah! the first link was to your interview! well I’m really looking forward to the new abum and I know you guys are definitely going to make it so good luck! and Mike, what about a new “responses to fans”, huh?!


  34. Michael1904 on January 6, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Hey Mike,

    I know you use your MPC a lot. But do/have you used much in the way of software samplers before? I’m thinking along the lines of Kontakt/Halion/Sample Tank/Gigasampler/Battery? Do you have a preferred software sampler of choice?

    Thanks Mike! Looking forward to the new album. Perhaps this will be the album of the decade, like Hybrid Theory was of the last decade.

  35. DemiS on January 6, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I really can’t wait for the new album… πŸ™‚ I’m sure that it will be as AWESOME as the previous LP albums πŸ˜‰

  36. msgirl on January 6, 2010 at 9:44 am

    ohh Mike!=) u guys rock! thanks for the update!yeah,sure!u can do that!you r Michael Kenji Shinoda!=) u can make a new genre!its gonna be called LP genre!i really had wanted to watch TV before i read your update!but i have just decided to study my lesson!cuz it seems like u guys are trying hard in your studio!me 2!i am ur fan!=) hey!!!!please!release your concept album as sooN as possible!=)

  37. Dronnington on January 6, 2010 at 9:25 am

    “Genre-busting” hey guys, you long ago did it. Really, when I was asking about your genre I ever answered it’s Linkin Park genre,it’s style LP. Fans in all world waiting your album.Mike do not think about genre, think about great music for us for fans.Good luck from Russia)))lol

  38. liope on January 6, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Show them what you’ve got Mike!!! You can do it! Make it genre ;D Thanks a lot for the studio update! I was dying to know how thigs are going! πŸ™‚ And i also wanted to ask about that “concept album” so thanks again! Good luck with the next batch!!! ^^

  39. Eddie on January 6, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Thank you so much for the update Mike!!!!! I can’t wait for the new album, it will be awesome!!!!

  40. sian18 on January 6, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Yo mike. Any chance of a ruff idea the album will be out cose I’m sick of Ppl saying u guys haven’t done much and the album won’t be out till 2011 so please dude get a album date set and release it cose we need to know when the album will be out I don’t wanna keep thinking it will be out in July then you guys don’t release it till 2011 so forget about working titles we don’t care all we want is a release date so for all your fans work on a date to anouce please

  41. rockermeg on January 6, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Don’t worry about that, have confidence in doing some busting…
    Cannot wait to hear something new, it’s all incredibly exciting πŸ™‚
    Good luck with the work on the next batch of songs.
    (PS – try and release it at a nice date…like during holidays so I can go get it? Or near my birthday :D)

  42. yersifanel on January 6, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Hey Mike, thanks for the update.

    I don’t know about the “genre busting” I think as a joke it’s pretty nice, like saying “Well yeah, I’m totally working myself out, see, see?” but if you actually mean it… then some people are going to think “ego, ego, ego, damn ego” in a second, so just do your thing like you had done before plus an extra and you’ll get more than what you first expected. If the genre things comes alog then that’s cool and if not then that’s cool too, because the importan things is the music, not how you label it.

  43. lptemplar on January 6, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Very exciting news!
    We all know that LP has the potential to be the biggest name in the Music ;] It’s all up to you.
    And please Mike, do not be afraid of high bars… they were INVENTED for you!
    Thank you for the update ;]
    Wish you all the best from Bulgaria

  44. linkinladie328 on January 6, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Good to read mike. Glad the word of the year is “progress” lol. I’m looking forward to the new album.

    This is funny: I always check my profiles and emails before I go to bed. Then, I shut down my laptop, lay down, and as soon as I start to fall asleep, my phone goes off with a text message!! I look at my phone and it says “40404” (twitter update), and what do ya know… it’s @m_shinoda. Why are you up so late?! You’re a very busy man with a wife and child too. Get some sleep every now n then πŸ˜€ But thanks for all the updates and stories and love for Phoenix.

    Just thought I’d share that. I always know that when I get text message in the first few hours of the morning, it’s you :]

  45. durg on January 6, 2010 at 7:16 am

    “I was going to tell you guys the working titles…but I changed my mind. I realized if I did that, the,, and fan site forums would be flooded with threads about them, where people make crazy guesses about the songs’ sounds based on the working title…followed by thousands of fake links to “leaked mp3s” within a few days. Since I have great respect for your valuable time, I won’t tempt you to waste it on such things. :)”

    thank you πŸ˜€ haha πŸ˜„

  46. pepper on January 6, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Niiiice. 2010 totally belongs to LP, and everyone else ready to make this the best year ever!

  47. drshinoda1 on January 6, 2010 at 6:45 am

    wish u good luck mike. and well yeah dont say the songs name…and i think the new album will be look like hybrid theroy but not too heavey plus it will be modern i dare πŸ˜›

  48. nemi on January 6, 2010 at 6:38 am

    first: HAPPY NEW YEAR MIIIIKE!! and, aw, it would be awesome to hear the working titles, but.. maybe ure right, would be so much wierd stuff on the internet.. and i wish u guys good luck with the new album!! haha, funny when people takes stuff too seriously ;p but anyway, i think the album will be awesome, and i cant wait to hear it!! πŸ™‚ take care πŸ™‚

  49. Ruben on January 6, 2010 at 6:29 am

    I hope it will be genre busting! good luck!!

  50. aLLey_beNNoda on January 6, 2010 at 6:06 am

    It’s always great to hear an update from you πŸ™‚

  51. Voice_in_head on January 6, 2010 at 5:54 am

    I think that things like that

    “Linkin Park co-frontman Mike Shinoda says the band’s fourth studio album is going to be so unique, β€œthey’re going to have to come up with a new genre name for what this record is.””
    make people to think that you guys have your nose in the air. I mean noone can see you laughing when they read this words)

  52. The_Black_Hawk on January 6, 2010 at 5:19 am

    I’m pretty sure you CAN do that, maybe you’ve kinda done it before! When speaking about Hybrid Theory or Meteora to someone who hasn’t heard ’em, I can’t really explain the material using the word “Rock”, “Alternative Rock”, “Nu Metal” or those kinds of expressions, I usually say it’s just Linkin Park, you have to hear it!
    And when it comes to Minutes To Midnight, it gets even harder to express it! One can even say it is not rock! And now, about this new record, as I’ve heard mostly from you or the other members about it, it is going to be more different, more weird, and more distant from the traditional, ordinary rock music. You guys really need to define a new word in the dictionaries!

  53. miKer0cks on January 6, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Awesome! I can’t wait for the new record πŸ™‚ I believe that no matter how it sounds and how you’ll name the genre, it’s still gonna be Linkin Park. You’ll be able to say “Wow that’s unique and amazing…It’s definetely Linkin Park” πŸ™‚
    Anyways…I’m glad the record is coming to an end soon. I can’t wait to hear the new songs! πŸ˜€

    PS. When will the iPhone and iPod Touch game be released? It’s January already πŸ˜‰

  54. nemesis101 on January 6, 2010 at 4:57 am

    lol ..VICKYLP ….nice avatar dude!!! πŸ˜›
    ny wayz….nice to know that u guys are moving forward with the new album !!! But i wanted to know how many songs u guys are plannin on putting in the new album??
    btw…i loved Fear….u should have rapped in leave out all the rest !!! it would have sounded awesome….but LOATR is still one hell of a song !!!
    Nywyz, have fun making music !!! Please keep posting more news about the new album !!!
    Cheers !!!
    oh btw….HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!

  55. LPSama on January 6, 2010 at 4:54 am

    I cant wait for the new album!! You guys def are genre busting and the truth is your style regardless of which way it leans will appeal to your fans because of who you are, you guys are kickass and good luck! i wonder if you read these comments? lol see ya at the rockshow, front row πŸ™‚

  56. vickylp on January 6, 2010 at 3:47 am

    Just great! the new album will be amazing! πŸ™‚ we are all sure about that! btw i was really bored today and i made ur avatar! i don’t know if u’ve seen the movie but anyway! lol

    hope u like it! πŸ™‚

  57. vr23 on January 6, 2010 at 3:20 am

    Yeah don’t need to show us the song names! LoL I think the LPU 9 CD is good enough for now I am in love with the SOng FEAR! I think that SOng woulda been Epic if you and Chester had sang together in that song!



    because from what I am hearing It sounds AMAZZIINNNNg lol


  58. Lynnie on January 6, 2010 at 3:09 am

    Firstly, Happy New Year to you, sir.
    Secondly, I’m bored, cold, sad and pathetic – I googled ‘genre busting’ and you’re right. That did come up first.
    I can’t wait for the new album. I spent all of last year waiting for three albums – yours, Good Charlotte’s and Avenged Sevenfolds… something tells me I’ll only get two of those, now. =(
    However – to know that the new LP one is moving makes me happy.
    Gonna say ‘bye’ now and don’t worry… I won’t stay away so long, this time. I know you missed me.
    Ciao for now.

  59. navee on January 6, 2010 at 2:55 am

    all my thoughts on this post resume in to “CAN’T WAIT” for much as I tried to write my opinion on this update and make it sound instristing. ps, on the demos lpu9, “fear” (never ever imagined it or thougth about it) and “across the line” (wow…). ps 2, are those pictures upon the studio tools some art album thoughts or references?, have you guys already talk about the art that will be on this album? ps3 I can see some 600 film for a polaroid, i got one 4 months a go, and cant find the paper to use it!. love you.

  60. JanV13 on January 6, 2010 at 2:50 am

    that’s d spirit! go ahead n create sumthn new that’ll take music 2 another level. i’m so glad LP’s reaching new horizons πŸ™‚

  61. Angi220 on January 6, 2010 at 2:32 am

    Just GREAT! Mike! I haven’t been so excited since the show (in Shanghai August 15, 2009)……. New genre! You really cheered me up! Come on, you guys can do it! Again!

  62. Rosario on January 6, 2010 at 2:18 am

    I’m anxious to hear the new album,it does matter the beat that they used. I know it will be something unique. γ‚­γ‚Ή

  63. PsychO_InsIdE on January 6, 2010 at 1:50 am

    Thank you very much for the update.You made a new out of Hybrid Theory. I am sure that if you did it once, you can do it again. I know you said that you want to make your records faster, but I don’t mind waiting. I think you should take your time with this so you won’t have any regrets or something. But that’s just me. Keep it up and , again, thank you for the update.

  64. Jo_o8 on January 6, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Very excited about the new album.

  65. Morinoajin on January 6, 2010 at 1:28 am

    You should!! I hope you guys make a new genre- it would be seriously EPICCC!! But LP album’s gonna be amazing no matter what; Good Luck! I’m hoping you guys raise the bar of recrord sales πŸ™‚

  66. williamlinkinpark on January 6, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Mike, you guys are unbelievable! could you tell us if you find it hard to create a new genre of music?

  67. Tata_shak on January 6, 2010 at 1:15 am

    Your albums are always unique in one way or another. New genre or not, here we’ll be waiting. And i remember a quote like this before MTM, so i think people will get this well.

  68. keineAhnung on January 6, 2010 at 1:10 am

    Thanks for the update!! πŸ™‚ can’t wait to hear that genre busting album!! πŸ™‚

    but I thought you would have realized by now how “bad” jokes are in interviews…they are nothing but rumor-starters because most people just DON’T get it ;p …same goes for sarcasm btw (you should tell phoenix, some people think he’s being rude instead of being funny rolls eyes)

  69. GraiggyLand on January 6, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Hey Mike,

    2010 will be LP year…
    Thanx for the studio news.. can you tell us more about the gear you use to record…(especially on your home studio)
    may be you can do some reviews like you do for art and some advice for musicians…
    Take care…

  70. Hybrid1988 on January 6, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Thanks for the update! Glad to hear you guys are making progress. It makes us fans feel like we are taking part in the process. Also, HUGE thanks for not telling us the working titles. You’re assumptions are absolutely correct and that is exactly what would happen if you gave us those titles. I am not sure you are going to answer this but what do you think of this new “crunk-core” genre the kids are going crazy over? I personally think it’s garbage but to each their own right?

  71. RiotFaerie on January 6, 2010 at 12:54 am

    It must be really tough, to make a new genre of music. I hope you guys could make it to that level. BEST OF LUCKS!!!

  72. Wick on January 6, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Great stuff, Mike! Thank you as always for the excellent news we’ve been dying to hear! πŸ˜€

  73. Fatima91MS on January 6, 2010 at 12:48 am

    yeah, u’re right, Mike! we are can’t wait till the new songs,album….it will rock πŸ˜€ I’m sure! good luck guys in the studio, have fun πŸ˜‰ say hi to the other LP guys πŸ˜€ thanks!

  74. Hawaii_LP_fan on January 6, 2010 at 12:43 am

    I along with the “billion, trillion, katrillion…” um yeah, other LP fans are waiting with bated breath for the album to drop. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to hear the unique and brand-spankin’ new genre! I KNOW it will rock. P.S. Happy New Year to you and the guys. 2010 will be bombastic..year of the Tiger! Raawr πŸ˜‰

  75. AggelosLP on January 6, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Well, i think that your new album will be amazing . You are going to prove again that Linkin Park are the nowadays kings of New Rock !!!

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