“Iridescent” artwork contest

May 25, 2011

Our fans have made lots of awesome Linkin Park-inspired artwork over the years. Today, we announced a contest that gives one winner a chance to get their work seen by millions of people. We’re looking for someone to create an original piece of art for our new single, “Iridescent.” The winner will be showcased in front of more than 30 million fans online and will be featured at our performance for the Transformers: Dark of the Moon premiere in Moscow’s Red Square on June 23.

Go here to submit your art or for more info. Submission deadline is June 12.

Here’s my entry. Unless you guys come up with something better, we’re going to use this:

EDIT: We’re already starting to see submissions. Know what I want to see more of? Illustrations and paintings.

mike

New Linkin Park Radio!

May 23, 2011

I recently updated our Linkin Park radio station, and did some talkin’ with Jensen Karp (voice of the Hype Men podcast and owner of Gallery 1988).  He got me to call some Linkin Park fans on the phone, with the intention of getting them to:

1.) talk trash about us,
2.) demand what our next album should sound like, and
3.) find out who we should kick out of the band.

Go here to listen — http://iheartradio.com/cc-common/widget/streaming.swf?wid=7558

mike

Linkin Park and Transformers 3: First Look

April 18, 2011
mike

Iridescent: Transformers 3 Single

April 13, 2011

A few months ago, I got on the phone with Michael Bay, who wanted to discuss the possibility of our band continuing our run with songs paired with the Transformers films. We (he, his team, and our band) all have enjoyed working together on the past two, and he wanted to discuss the ideas we might have for Transformers 3: Dark Of The Moon. In particular, one song came up immediately. Ever since we started playing Iridescent live, the song has been a fan favorite at the show.

For the film, there’s a new, slightly shorter version of the song, which is floating around the internet now. We’ll be shooting a video for the song tomorrow, directed by Joe Hahn.

…Also, watch this guy. (Not Safe For Work)

mike

Tune in to SNL right now, we’re on.

February 5, 2011

Linkin Park on Saturday Night Live:

Waiting For The End: http://bit.ly/eQvJei

When They Come For Me: http://bit.ly/gTgF32

BTW, this is where the lasers from our SNL performance came from:

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/laser-cats/2925/

mike

Linkin Park on SNL Feb 5; Dana Carvey Hosting

January 14, 2011

Quickie announcement: Linkin Park will be playing Saturday Night Live on February 5. Dana Carvey will be hosting. (Party on, Garth…)

BTW, last time we played SNL, Molly Shannon hosted. Looks like we’re a great match for returning SNL cast members…who’s next? Steve Martin? Eddie Murphy? Gary Kroeger?

mike

Linkin Park 2010 Wrap Up

December 31, 2010

2010 has been a great year for me and my band. Here are some 2010 year-end stats for the LP record books:

We released “A Thousand Suns”, which debuted at #1 in 15 countries.

The album debuted with an amazing contest called “Linkin Park Featuring You” on MySpace where fans were given pieces of our first single before it was released. They remixed the tracks, and we picked a winner named NoBrain–and included his work on our album.

We got a chance to play in a number of places we’ve never visited before, including the U.A.E. and Israel.

At home in the U.S., our first single, “The Catalyst” was the first #1 debut in the history of the Billboard Rock Songs chart. “The Catalyst” and “Waiting For The End” both went to #1 on the Alternative radio chart, bringing our career tally to ten #1 songs thus far.

LP won an EMA for “Best Live Act,” and we’re in the running for the upcoming People’s Choice Awards, Japan Gold Disc Awards and German Echo Awards.

We released 8-Bit Rebellion for iPod, iPod Touch, and iPad, which debuted at #1 on the iTunes music app chart.

“A Thousand Suns” became Nielsen Soundscan’s #1 Best Selling Rock album of 2010

Chester made an appearance in Saw 3D, which also saw a #1 debut at the box office

We held our first LP Underground Summits, in London and Sydney, which quickly became one of the most memorable experiences for LPU members who attended.

As the year comes to a close, we’ll be crossing 20 million Facebook fans (more than Starbucks, Disney, or McDonalds–but still catching up to Michael Jackson at 26MM!)

Following the earthquake in Haiti, the band organized Download To Donate (downloadtodonate.org) where supporters and fans of over a dozen bands could come to download tracks for free, and donate funds to support relief efforts in Haiti. This effort is ongoing.

“A Thousand Suns” was a risky album–one that veered off a more predictable path into territory that definitely got fans and non-fans talking. It’s been fun to see how perceptions and opinions have changed. As we move into the next year, we’ll be looking forward to the next leg of the world tour, another single, another video, and whatever else comes next. A huge “thank you” is due to everyone who has helped make 2010 a successful year for the band. We appreciate you.

Happy New Year!





MEETING OF A THOUSAND SUNS
DOCUMENTARY

mike

Come geek out in the studio.

December 23, 2010

A great article about A Thousand Suns came out recently in EQ Magazine.  It’s more of a tech-focused piece, so those of you who are into music gear can feel free to get into full-on nerd mode with me.

But for those who aren’t as music-gear-savvy, here’s an excerpt that you might enjoy:

“With the exception of Bennington’s trademark guttural screams, any resemblance to the rap rock genre they helped define has been rinsed out. Intensity and ferocious introspection are still the endgame, but the path has changed. And when that path is lined with more than 50 million album sales, two Grammys, and nine Number One singles on the Billboard Alternative Chart, throwing the rule book out the window takes more than a simple leap of faith.”

Check out the whole article here:
http://www.eqmag.com/article/linkin-park-/December-2010/123281

mike

Great LinkinParkTV episode

December 16, 2010

There are always new episodes of LPTV being added to our YouTube channel; I thought this one was particularly good.  Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/user/linkinparktv?blend=1&ob=4#p/u/1/ogmScJ_DyWg

mike

How To Use The New LPU

December 10, 2010

As many of you know, the LP Underground has been undergoing a lot of changes in the past few months.  Recently, we moved some of the features over to a new online home, and many people (including myself!) have been wondering about the differences between using the old site vs. the new one at www.LPU.LinkinPark.com.

I did a little research, and I have some answers about how to best use the new LPU.

Firstly, this is the new LPU profile page.  This is LP Underground’s official “identity,” where you can see all of LPU’s headlines.  LPU HQ updates this page regularly, to let you know how to make the most of your membership–taking advantage of concert ticket presales, opportunities to meet me and the other guys, and new features we’re rolling out as part of the LPU.

If you’re a member of LinkinPark.com, then (besides being smart, good-looking, and talented) you can join the LPU group at this link below, to stay in touch with what’s going on with the LPU, and talk to other LPU members: http://www.linkinpark.com/group/lpundergroundmembers.

And lastly, this week, we’ll be putting the chat page back up–but with an improvement.  Like the old one, the new page will have a text chat; but the new chat will also have a video window so the band can video chat with you.  Band chats will be scheduled regularly, but expect us to drop by unannounced.  (Side note: I’ve stopped video chatting on UStream, and I’ll be doing more private chats with LPU in the future, on the new chat page.  I want to try it that way, because it’ll be a smaller group and less spamming going on).

I hope that helps; You’ll definitely get more out of your LPU membership by visiting the links above.  And for anyone who hasn’t joined the Underground: if you want to take advantage of the pre-sale tickets, chatting with the band, and more, visit http://lpu.linkinpark.com/ to become a member.

Incidentally, LPU is not just for Linkin Park superfans; it’s an organization our band created to give Linkin Park listeners the best experience we can.  We offer the best LP concert seats at great prices, never-before-heard music, incredible events where you can meet the band, and an online community where you can stay in touch with what’s going on in our world, among other things.

See you guys at the upcoming LP Underground Summit in Sydney…

mike