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

Free Download: Linkin Park, The Prodigy, Pendulum, Does It Offend You, Yeah?

December 22, 2010

From Chester: “We are excited to have three great bands come out with us on the upcoming North American TourThe Prodigy, Pendulum and Does it Offend You, Yeah?. To help you get to know them, we put together a free digital EP containing a high quality MP3 from each band, as well as two live LP tracks from our recent show in Tel Aviv.”

Here ya go:

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

LP Underground Summit and more U.S. Tour info

December 4, 2010

The tour in Australia has begun, and we’re looking forward to seeing you guys at the LP Underground Summit in Sydney. This summit will be a one-day event, immediately before the show on Dec 15th. Due to high demand and limited group size, passes are already gone.

For our fans in the US, keep your eyes out for new tour dates and tickets coming out (San Diego, Denver, and Phoenix). All info is at http://www.linkinpark.com/tickets/ …and don’t forget, those tickets have lower prices than retail, AND come with an audio download of that night’s show.

mike

World Tour 2010: Australia & U.S.

November 28, 2010

I’m about to leave for Australia; very excited to see you guys this week.  In the past few months, we’ve gotten some glowing reviews of the show (The Guardian, Burton Mail, Jerusalem Post, WitsAndNuts, and more)…and we’re thrilled to be bringing that show to our fans down under, where A THOUSAND SUNS has already gone platinum (thanks)!  I’m hoping to play some great shows AND get some of my holiday shopping done (unfortunately, I think I’ve already bought enough boomerangs and kangaroo pouches for whoever might want them at home, so I’ll have to come up with better gifts for this year).

Speaking of gifts, our upcoming U.S. concert dates are posted here on LinkinPark.com–just in time for your holiday shopping.  (Linkin Park concert tickets make a much better present than that stupid gift card you were going to get, FYI).

mike

Back in the USA

November 16, 2010

After a six-hour delay in the Tel Aviv airport and a long flight, I’m finally home.  The last leg of the tour was awesome–a very memorable journey!  Some of our best shows in Europe, and our first trip to the United Arab Emirates and Israel.  Looking at the comments in the LinkinPark.com forum, a lot of people had an amazing time at the show.

We’ve finally announced that we’re going to be bringing the new show back home, to the U.S. and Canada.  Get your tickets now, before anyone else…

EDIT: By the way, THE PRODIGY will be opening on select dates.  The rest of the dates will be with PENDULUM and DOES IT OFFEND YOU, YEAH? Here’s the info:

With Pendulum and Does It Offend You ,Yeah?

Jan 20 Sunrise, FL @ Bank Atlantic Center
Jan 22 Tampa, FL @ St Pete Times Forum
Jan 23 Atlanta, GA @ Phillips Arena
Jan 25 Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
Jan 26 Chicago, IL @ United Center
Jan 28 Minneapolis, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Jan 29 Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
Jan 31 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Feb 1 Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Feb 4 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Feb 7 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Feb 8 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Feb 10 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
Feb 11 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun

With The Prodigy:
Feb 15 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Feb 17 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Feb 19 Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand – Garden Arena
Feb 20 San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
Feb 23 Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
Feb 25 Salt Lake City, UT @ Energy Solutions Arena
Feb 26 Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

mike

First-Ever LPU Summit Starts Today

November 10, 2010

For those of you who are attending The Summit: welcome to London; we hope you have a lot of fun today.  After getting settled, there will be a couple Music For Relief projects, and a football (not the American kind) tournament at Hyde Park.

We decided to keep day one simple, since some people are just getting into town–in some cases they’re coming from far away.   Some of you are meeting up (in many cases, in person for the first time), and planing your own events around the LPU ones.  Great!

Tomorrow will be packed full of events, including opportunities to check out a tour bus, take photos on our stage, win signed stuff, and jam on the band’s instruments.  I’m putting this guitar out there for you guys to play:

We’re also going to be sitting down with you guys for a while tomorrow, and we’ll be signing stuff for the entire group.

We hope this is the first of many great events for the new LPUnderground.  To join the LPU, go here:

http://lpu.linkinpark.com/

 

mike

Linkin Park Live: Europe Photos #2

November 9, 2010

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mike

Linkin Park Wins Best Live Act at EMAs

November 7, 2010

Thanks again to all the great folks who are a part of our live show, both behind the scenes and in the crowd.  We appreciate you guys, and were honored to be given the award tonight for “Best Live Act.”

Besides the performance of “Waiting For The End,” which was aired on the show, we played a 60 minute set for the crowd in front of the Puerta De Alcalá tonight.  That show will be premiering on MTV in the coming weeks.

Here was a snippet…that crowd was LOUD.

mike