LP Fansite contests, ATS Album cover, and…

July 23, 2010

In celebration of the final round of the FEATURING YOU, Fansite edition (they invited all the non-eligible MySpace contest peeps to participate in a side contest), I’m shouting our lpassociation.com, lplive.net, and lptimes.com in this one.

Fans just unlocked the image of the album cover for A THOUSAND SUNS (above), and here are some of my favorite comments on those sites about it.

Errol (LPA):
It reminds me of those movies where people go to a psychologist, and they have all these pictures with ink spots on them. “So.. what do you see on this picture?”

Cure4TheItch (LPA): You know what this really confirms? Linkin Park is one ballsy band. And they’re taking a chance every way they can with this new album.

LPsoldier0303 (LPL): So when does pre order start?

Jesse (LPA): I like it it reminds me of some algorithms generated pictures from different galaxies that I’ve seen from NASA

Cbass (LPL): It may be simple, but it could be ICONIC. Just like dark side of the moon

Subs (LPL):  It may run with the whole concept and art direction of the album, but I think the biggest problem with this is obvious ? WHY have it so minimalistic ?  Think of it, fourth album, have something truly great. The spliced up images of Linkin Park/The Catalyst is more impressive. I mean out of everything they could have created, why create something so normal ?

LPL Veteran (LPL): Oh come on guys how will a cover determine the quality of the music?  When we buy the CD, what is the first thing we do, listen to the songs…

SomedudeRemix (LPL): This entire topic is proof that fucking nothing the band does pleases ANYONE.  I like the art too. It’s different. There’s no text cluttering the shit up. It’s just art, out there. Why does it need to be ‘explained’? Real art doesn’t need an explanation.

Joe (LPA): This is a very risky and brave move by them, and I like that they’re leaving it nameless. I love that they’re taking chances like this. This album just gets better and better and I still maintain this will be their best album yet.


These are just a sample of the madness that is going on in the message boards, Twitter, Facebook…Seems like this cover has you guys talking.

And by the way…LPsoldier0303: the answer to your question is…the preorder starts NOW.




  1. chester95425 on August 29, 2010 at 9:39 am

    My friend Abraham Mohamadi really loves the art and everything you do.
    he is 23 and he lives in Iran. he sent me an email tioday with a link to a picture he did for you. inspired by you. he says he can read what you post here on your blog but because of the limits he faces in Iran he cannot post any comments. He asked me to post this link for him so he has a chance at showing you the artwork he did. please consider looking at his art and ive him a chance.
    i also have his emsil address if you would like to have it.

  2. rioichi4 on July 29, 2010 at 6:55 pm

  3. chonlinkins on July 29, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Blackbird… I think.. and when we blink our eyes it looklikes heart beating ^^

  4. teajazzus on July 27, 2010 at 3:18 am

    Loved that ” minimalistic” comment. I like bands who dont try tooo hard to create smthen too different n wierd. This is perfect. Its what linkin park’s bout. Love yu.

    And please come tour India!

  5. linkinparkette on July 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    i am so late.. yay we did it 😀

  6. jpkaukonen on July 26, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    The new artwork is amazing. 🙂

    Since this is the last day of the LP featuring you -contest, here is my version for one last time. Thank you Mike and LP for doing this, I really love you guys.

    With love, JP

  7. jozzie8 on July 26, 2010 at 4:30 am

    Some people have been saying there’s no album name,etc written on the cover but this is not the finalised copy is it?

  8. jpkaukonen on July 25, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Hello Mike! This is my version of The Catalyst, I hope you hear it 🙂

    With love, JP

  9. vishalhd on July 24, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    I may have missed the side contest, but its okay, cause I really would like it if you guys checked out my remix of the Catalyst. Think everbody could check out my version? I wish I could afford to pre order A Thousand Suns.

  10. svstels on July 24, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Remix By SV:

  11. thomasbrablec on July 24, 2010 at 9:20 am

    I agree with all the comments. I’m looking forward to buying it. I can’t wait.
    When I first saw the pre-ordering of the LP items I was really excited, but when I saw the prices I was really disappointed. I’m young and I don’t have a job yet and I don’t really have too much money of my own, so my parents would have to buy this for me, but it’s just too much. Maybe I’ll get the CD+DVD, but I really wanted the set or the deck. Life’s tough.
    Linkin Park for life! I love you guys.
    BTW, you should totally design some new DC apparel. We haven’t seen anything new from you for a long time and I really liked the shoes. Too bad they don’t sell the “Pride” onyx/blood shoes anymore.

  12. lplovei on July 24, 2010 at 3:55 am

    Niceee… But ya know what you take time to read stuff on other sites related to Linkin Park and post ’em. But you don’t appreciate the comments on your own site, the nice ones anyways. If you do read some then i sowwey!:(

  13. treadstone35 on July 24, 2010 at 3:39 am

    Errol (LPA):
    It reminds me of those movies where people go to a psychologist, and they have all these pictures with ink spots on them. “So.. what do you see on this picture?”



  14. gaganlp on July 24, 2010 at 3:07 am

    guys dont care abt negatice comemnts you,re just simply awsome LP FOREVER

  15. zara19lp on July 24, 2010 at 2:18 am

    I dont know what to do, you already busted my bank with your overpriced tour tickets. I dont think I can afford $99 for something that looks pretty again, I probably looked at the MTM Superfan 5 times, now its redundantly sitting on my shelf. And I already feel a sense of money down the drain when I renew my LPU every year.

    Maybe just the special edition this time.

  16. dctuga90 on July 24, 2010 at 2:10 am

    check out my version of “The Catalyst” for the contest

  17. alexlp2k8 on July 24, 2010 at 1:58 am

    Anyway, I would love to enter the official contest but I’m too young… and my country is restricted… Oh well at least I had fun remixing this 😀

  18. thesupremekaidbz on July 23, 2010 at 10:36 pm

  19. nillp on July 23, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    i still think what i said at the “Album Cover Revealed” post..
    i’m loving this simple things.. simple makes it special.
    thanks for that once again. ❤
    besides that bird thing, this image appears that something is trying to scape..
    looks like something with a powerful light (just like a star) is rising somewhere.
    Haha. i love the way you guys make me think far from normal.
    anyway, take care xoxo.

  20. cvdsoftlinkinpark on July 23, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Hi mike

  21. alvin121290 on July 23, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    This shows me LP spirit fade away … They used to be so awesome ! But, now it’s all bull crap

  22. dromani22 on July 23, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    my question is, when does the pre-order END? i want to make sure i get that shirt, man. looks sweet.

  23. dymaadynt on July 23, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Why is it always in black and white?

  24. skyzlmt on July 23, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Got the deck and super mega fuking fan extravanganza set!


    Dove with impending obliteration from a nuclear blast?

    Full of win!

    BTW how long till next art show? Summer 2011? You still thinkin of NYC? First three were sick, lookin to plan a vacation around it to NY.

  25. alyeska39 on July 23, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Still getting used to “ATS” being a commonly used LP abbreviation…

  26. souneik on July 23, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Rorschach. 😀 dead bird? 😀
    No…I hope I make it in time.

    That’s pretty awesome tho. My album cover reminded me of the Rorschach too.
    ah.. its not like I can have fun teasing fans yet..so I’ll go ahead and show you (and friends here)one of the mock ups. Fonts are placements. Its by Jędrzej Spychała. http://www.souneik.com/ev08.jpg

  27. alust86 on July 23, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Check out my Linkin Park video Bittersweet Symphony hope you like it 🙂

  28. chezbwgg on July 23, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    i think it’s great..i always liked ..this band for originality ..and for ALL combined stile’s. it’s amazing how you guy’s get along. Good look with you’re album i think it will rock:D

    sorry for the mistakes..my english it’s not that great:) maybe you guys can visit romania some time:))

  29. meteoraseven on July 23, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    The album art looks brilliant, i agree with the idea that the art is made amazing without any words distracting from it, i really can’t wait for this album, and the subsequent world tour that coems to AUSTRALIA and more importantly PERTH PERTH PERTH PERTH PERTH WESTERN AUSTRALIA

    But one question about the CD+DVD Mike, does it come in regions? because i think the M2M one was limited to the US and i couldn’t buy it for or ship it to Australia, because we couldn’t play it, definintately the delux fan edition for me! i just hope i can watch it in all its glory… good work on the puzzles, they were great fun, i can’t wait for the album! =D

  30. lode1989 on July 23, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    It’s my birthday for two hours right now… Mom and dad are on vacation so they can’t order it for me, let’s hope some good friend gonna borrow his visa card tomorrow at my party! Because… I can’t wait!! Wanna know what I feel? “Pretend there are 10 naked beautefull superhot models on your bed… You are sittign on a chair next to your bed and you have to wait 15687520 hours before you may join them…”

  31. sergiordz on July 23, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    mike there’s this t-shirt on linkinpark.com that has like the final album cover (with “LINKIN PARK: A THOUSAND SUNS” on it) is that the original one? or will the album have the colors in an inverted way (black in the middle, white around)?
    ps. i really think this album is going to be the best of you guys so far. hope im not in a mistake

  32. lucidofelice on July 23, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    if you tilt your head to the left, it really does look like this:

  33. shelmmusic on July 23, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Hi, Mike! At the expense of covers. I was thinking. Boosts brightness on them. Tidying up the contrast. In “Catalyst” I found the photographer. In the album cover Packman =)
    And now, no joke. This is a good PR move. People do not just wait for the album. But even thinking about it. Something is unraveling. It settles in your head. It is remembered. This is very good.

    Sorry for my English. I’m Russian.

  34. cezar6lp on July 23, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Hey Mike, the “slipcase CD+DVD” ($24.99) is the same in the “DELUXE Fan Edition”?? because there say the same, apart the “Hardcover Art Book”, or de cd+dvd Deluxe is like the M2M super fan edition??

  35. defiantqueen on July 23, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    of course about the music you are right but we are artists and we r execting some more stuff.
    I hope I’ll get used to it soon.
    and the currency changes+shipping fees+taxes take me away from pre-ordering this. I’ll wait till it comes to my stores.


  36. gnaa93 on July 23, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I really liked the artwork, it’s like a dark sun,and if you look at the negative, it looks like the final light of life or something like that I dont know… but I really liked it, and like SomedudeRemix (LPL) said: “Real art doesn’t need an explanation” 🙂

  37. luki9875 on July 23, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    so exited… just ordered everything 😀 expensive but well worth it…. cant wait to get my hands on all those amazing things

  38. thegluelpfan on July 23, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Well like I’ve said before the album cover looks like an atom that’s blowing up to me…and I like it:)As for the album I wanted to get the Deluxe edition but I’m afraid I won’t be able to afford it.But I’m getting the regular of course:)The thing that I’m most excited about is that we get the mp3s first so yay!

  39. widya rahayu on July 23, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Oh dear, my country (Indonesia) is not included..again. But it doesn’t stop me from supporting LP and creating works about you. To all creative LP fans, i learned a lot from you..and i envy you a lot (in positive way, i mean). As for Mike, thank you for checking out my works.. again.

  40. zoelkg on July 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    i like it!!
    a lot!!

  41. tse333 on July 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Your pre-order site on Lp.com dosent have pre-order for The catalist? 🙂 where can i get it? (:

  42. c0rrupt3d on July 23, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    @Mike. Do i have to wait for the australian ATS store to start taking preorders for the delixe fe box set or can i just get it of the us site and the’ll ship it over????

  43. pyttnl on July 23, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Awesome. 20 euro’s CD/DVD + 13 euro’s shipping is a bit less awesome though.

    Looking forward to the album. So, when you pre order, you also get the single? Or is that a digital download for the single?

  44. chilibilly18 on July 23, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    it looks like a SUN O.o

  45. squide on July 23, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    the cover made the fans mad…
    divide them into some groups: who like the cover, who doesn’t like, and who think it looks like MtM in some way 🙂

  46. lpfmfan on July 23, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    yep got lots of people talking.

    i am pre-ordering, i think the fan pack, since i get the mp3s digitally xD

  47. Alexandra Nofi on July 23, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I STILL say it looks like a blackbird flying somewhere. But that’s just me.

  48. kathyxx on July 23, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    $230? are you insane?

    I ordered the “superfan” edition on MTM. The only sentence i have to explain my experience is this: Fool me once, shame on Linkin Park. Fool me twice, shame on me.

    I will be getting the regular edition this time.

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