July 9, 2010

Who wants to be on the new Linkin Park album?  Download stems and hear pieces of the new song now.

EDIT: Make sure you enter a valid email address when you download the stems: we’ll be letting you know how to officially submit your entries soon.  Also, help us out and spread the word about the contest–share the widget (using the button under “download stems” here wherever you live online.

EDIT 2: A bunch of people are asking about key and tempo.  It’s in D minor, and the BPM is 135.



  1. ptto911 on July 18, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Please listen to my remix, leave feedback, and if you like it, vote! I’m sure you will like it:

  2. monsterviolence on July 13, 2010 at 2:36 pm

  3. firdausi89 on July 12, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Trying on the next attempt.. =)

    Click here

  4. aravind221 on July 11, 2010 at 11:54 pm

  5. aravind221 on July 11, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    hey mike jus wanna to bring to your notice , i wonder when will India be included in any one of the events , tours , competitions ,i understand its not only with u there are so many conditions and things behind that , i still wait for the day when u include India in any of those . even though i cant participate i have made one , hope u like it .


    Long Live Linkin park !!!!!!!!!!!
    ps :- when your hear a sound you say that’s Linkin park ——- dave phoenix pharell 🙂

  6. chr1saz on July 11, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Best cover so far?


  7. firdausi89 on July 11, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Try hear this my own mix song for The Catalyst.. =)

    Click here..

  8. randomrobot on July 11, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Hopefully we can submit more than one

  9. tse333 on July 11, 2010 at 5:49 am

    a remix i found on youtube ;D

  10. 8hybrid8 on July 10, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    I could use the 700 characters for this but ill keep it short,

    Details pertaining to the stems,
    Not enough vocals, not enough volume, not enough leads…
    The stems are not entirely something worth being suprised over…by the time anyone does come up with a nice remix version of the song they’ll be tired of the song as a whole. Also the stems sound like something off the haiti relief songs…is this supposed to be an anthem song? This is not supposed to negative…Id like to produce a remix album quality…but we could use some more vocals…maybe a hip hop verse.

  11. lycon17 on July 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm

  12. konn3kt on July 10, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    hey man we desperately need some vocals without the effects. (uncut!) and layered.

  13. pinkymuffin on July 10, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Finally news about the album! Waiting for this so long! But the time it took just means that you did it perfect =) And the tour made me happy. I will travel again too see you guys. BUT (i hope you read this) You’ve been to Sweden, Finland and Denmark. But not Norway. Never. And we are the country in the middle! Actually when I was at the meet&greet in Finand last year, I asked about Norway. And Phoenix said you would come here, and he actually “hit” the table. And I gave you the Norwegian flag =)So please visit us, so many fans are waiting.
    Hope you have a great day, Mike!!!

  14. cincybmxlpfreak on July 10, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks, Mike. I’m doing my best to try to remix the song, but I don’t really have the best software. Hopefully a rough remix will be all you need. I’m gonna try my best to make it sound great, though.

  15. monkpredator04 on July 10, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Hello, Mike. Thanks 4 the contest, i think it’s really a wonderful move by the group, another step that brings you closer to your fans. But some European fans, including fans from Russia complain of excessive rigidity in your choice of participating countries, and, unfortunately, i’m one of them.
    Despite all this, I continue to look forward to new album, it supposed to be magnificent!

    Yours sincerely…

    P.S. BTW, piano snippet from The Catalyst reminds me of a similar piece in the intro of Kenna’s “Never Let Me Down”. Is that true?

  16. nogodu28 on July 10, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    I’m just 15 but i anyway i did it lol


  17. reflectionistbaz on July 10, 2010 at 9:10 am

  18. akiragundam on July 10, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Mike.. Why Portugal is not in the rules?? Spain are our neighbors.. and we can’t participate??!!?! why??? I hope you don’t think that Portugal is just a province from spain.. –‘ We are one of the best crowds of the world.. so.. I don’t understand why we can’t participate.. It’s really disappointing.. I hope you have very good reasons for that.. But it’s ok.. We hope to see you here in POrtugal this hear(north of portugal.. pleeeeeease :D)…

  19. oninoda on July 10, 2010 at 8:54 am

    So many fans are disappointed here & just found that Malaysia is also one of the countries that not in the eligibility list 😦
    I hope that the final official rules on this 12th will makes this contest more worldwide.

  20. cctjehh on July 10, 2010 at 8:36 am

    why is the contest not open for the netherlands? what’s the big difference with the netherlands with for example germany? except for the size… I really think it’s not fair that some european may not be part of this contest 😦

    like there aren’t dedicated fans in those countries.
    I know btw a lot of dutch fans who go to germany to see concerts including me and believe me that’s not quite cheap… I’m just a bit dissapointed right now :/

  21. kenvy on July 10, 2010 at 8:33 am

    I don’t know why you didn’t tell us the key and tempo before. lol

  22. 28thart on July 10, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Hey Wish good luck to everyone participating in this contest !
    i think mike gvied, just stuff [clips] to lead you in a specific direction, well don’t close your self in what just mike gived, try to play more keyboards, play different Drums, be creative guys !

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  23. schennj on July 10, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Hey Mike thanks for posting the BPM and key, I was freaking out yesterday trying to get my drums to sound just right but I think I might stick with my acoustic version maybe see what else I can come up with.


  24. deepsal on July 10, 2010 at 7:07 am

    really mike u are killing our talent n time serously i didnt expected this from you at all i m a 16 yr ol from india why are u discriminating on the basis of age n country if your sponsors don’t wanna sponsor us then be it we can come all by ourselves seriously i am extremely disappointed please change the rules i have even completed the half of my song i beg you dont kill my talent nyways i m going to start a group in linkinpark’s site guys support my cause by joining it

  25. Hell_enia on July 10, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Wow…. Somehow, you managed to make almost everyone mad….
    Haha…. As I was saying, it is not fair to reject some countries.

    And if you really have a serious reason for that, then I think we have the right to know what that is.

  26. xgan on July 10, 2010 at 4:11 am

    Remix Question Mike, can you not use your own vocals in this? The official rules state that you can not but really, I’ve had some initial confusion let us know! Thanks 🙂

  27. theyactuallymakemylifebetter on July 10, 2010 at 3:25 am

    Hey Mike, I liked a lot what I heard. Can’t wait to the new album, it should be awesome. The Catalyst sounds good, just one question… In the piece that fans can hear the voices are the same as the second message right? I mean, the lyrics which we heard is that which appeared in the second message? Sounds like that.

  28. myaus2j on July 10, 2010 at 1:19 am

    Mike, please just answer to your Russian fans – why we cannot participate in the contest? We are so much love you and if you don’t come to us with concerts, then at least be allowed to participate in the contest! We have a lot of talented guys who wanted to show you their creativity…

  29. chester003 on July 10, 2010 at 1:14 am

    just wondering what’s the difference of mixing the song from the countries mentioned to the countries that were not? what if im a die hard fan that mixed the song perfectly but living in the south pole? (im not a penguin).. im sorry i dont wanna be rude, just give each and everyone a chance…but i respect the rules and your security of course.. btw, the stems are awesome!

  30. rostasliwka on July 10, 2010 at 1:14 am

    I agree with Evooba 😉 people can participate in the contest from Austria, Poland and Germany, but can’t participate from that nice little country in the middle of those, from the Czech Republic? you’ve done a music video for Numb here, guys, and now this? 😀 I’was just wondering why? 🙂 Anyway, I like all the stems and I can’t wait for the whole song and the album 😉

  31. zahralp on July 10, 2010 at 12:17 am


  32. anaphx on July 9, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    OKAY im done.

    Maybe you get to hear it, that would be nice 😀

  33. phillipeovercast on July 9, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    hey mike, this contest participant only 50 countries mentioned ? another country like southeast nation like indonesia,malaysia etc ??

  34. Julien-K Arg on July 9, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    good luck

  35. eveintitres on July 9, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    I was so pissed off when I saw the “(except residents of Argentina who must be twenty-one (21) or older)”.
    Despite of it, this contest looks great. Good luck everyone.

  36. dizzordr on July 9, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Okay, everyone. I just made an account to say — How on earth can some of you think the lyrics track ‘sucks’? Maybe you need to listen to it again or something. It’s refreshing and powerful. I think this track really gives us an idea of what the album is gonna be like. Listen again. Don’t just hear, but listen.

  37. rockypalos on July 9, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I think I made a pretty awesome remix!!! I’m definitely trying to win this one

  38. alvin121290 on July 9, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    The Vocals & Drums Track suck

  39. aravind221 on July 9, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    mike cant wait much longer for the track im so excited and ur vocals are like damn!!!!!!!!!!!!!11 how do u sing like that mike , once again itz going to eb a epic 🙂

  40. orionwong on July 9, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Does it allow two or more person to do it together?

  41. thepixelpod on July 9, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    omg sounds GOOD 😀

  42. persephonezkiss on July 9, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Im tired of this :”everyone in canada is eligible except quebec! ” ahhhh!

  43. slowlearner32 on July 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    LP has begun to rule the world as always!!!

  44. souneik on July 9, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Who did the outro drums?
    Will I be punched if I win?
    Is there some vocals missing?
    Why do I hear more vocals in my head?
    Aren’t stems normally used when there are problem with the full mix?
    Was there a problem with the full mix?
    Are you robots?

    If you’ve answered “yes” to any of the questions above, you have cooties.

  45. williamlp on July 9, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    PLEASE!!! let greece be able to take part for this contest! please do something!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. scottckr on July 9, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Seriously dude, this is really pissing me off… Sweden always gets left out -.-
    Really… What the f***!
    Got really excited when I saw this but as always Sweden is not eligible to participate -.-
    Hoping you’ll make it up to us by booking a date for the fall over here, you owe it to us after cancelling on us 3 times since Hybrid Theory…

  47. argol8489 on July 9, 2010 at 3:50 pm


  48. ammya on July 9, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    niiice Mike!! i download now ist cool x)

  49. ellzworth on July 9, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Very sweet.. downloading as we speak… er type

  50. athurm on July 9, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    AWESOME can you tell us who will be judging the mixes in the first few “rounds” so to speak

  51. Alexandra Nofi on July 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    I downloaded the stems just to give them a listen, and see what they are about. It’s funny, the electronic drum track that isn’t really my favorite, fits some old rap lyrics I wrote. I have no idea if I will really do anything for the contest. We’ll see. I liked Rob’s outro drums a lot, too, and the keyboard track. Not a fan of the vocals or piano.

    Anyways, after giving these things a listen, I sent you a message on LPN about it all. I have some questions and well, worries, about what The Catalyst’s final product may be. I am not necessarily a musician but, I am an artist, and have a degree in studio art, so, what I say is a lot gentler than what others say around here.

  52. akiragundam on July 9, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    ANAPHX.. Just.. awesome.. for me.. the best (until now :P)

    Really good.. the cello was awesome.. 😀

  53. tahoedude101 on July 9, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    What’s the tempo and the key of the song?

  54. thegluelpfan on July 9, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Well reading the rules of the contest kind of brings me down since my country is not included…as always:)But I do appreciate it that you made an effort to make it international and I really would like to wish good luck to everyone that’s going to participate.I’m looking forward to hearing some good remixes.As for the snippets-it’s new and different and I like it:)I have to hear the full song to tell but I’m definitely digging it so far.

  55. Hell_enia on July 9, 2010 at 2:25 pm


    You actually did a great job… What I did was simply get the samples in audacity and just made them a piece… It doesn’t sound good and I know that’s not what it’s supposed to be done by the ppl who want to participate. I just did this so I can see how it’ll sound, a bit..

    Keep Up the good work! Come on come on come on !!!

  56. cezar6lp on July 9, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Mike, I have a doubt. we can use any program for do the remix??? and how and where I show or send my mp3. that part is not very clear :/

  57. anaphx on July 9, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    MIKE I just did a small part for the cello…so dave has something to do:

  58. lauralexis on July 9, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    the vocal is very amazing =)
    This is different of all other song , but it’s very very good !!!!

  59. eejhei on July 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    thanks m.s!! im sure erry one wiLL have a unique version of “THE CATALYST”.. thanks for appriciating efforts of the fans mike!! \m/

  60. lode1989 on July 9, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I am from Europe so I can’t win… 😦 Right?
    I am great in producing music, only just need to have better programs to mix…


  61. Michael Gonzalez on July 9, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Me too, I have a great rap verse for this as well. But that’s okay. A friend and I will mix it together and see what we can come up with 🙂

  62. chelvislp on July 9, 2010 at 1:24 pm

  63. hovat on July 9, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    I’m reading the contest rules and it appears that you can’t add vocals to this? Damn…I wanted to add a rap verse. I had something good for this too.

  64. linkinlayra on July 9, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    This is so cool 🙂 Thank you guys ❤

  65. danielyakimov on July 9, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I want to be on the new Linkin Park album.But i can’t cuz im from Bulgaria…

  66. evooba on July 9, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    That’s really awesome and nice of you guys. You show the dedication you have to your fans. I was really pleased to see that international fans can take part as well and I started mixing myself. When I took a closer look to the terms though, the excitement got lost! I can’t believe you didn’t include some countries like Greece, Lithuania and so on…why is that? 😦 I feel like you don’t like us or something! 😦

  67. squide on July 9, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    snippets from the song…
    they are ammazing 🙂
    Rob’s drums and a capella snippets are the best to my mind 😀

  68. chilibilly18 on July 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm


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