July 16, 2011
Spotify has made it to the U.S., and I have been given the opportunity to extend a LIMITED number of invites for free service to the readers of mikeshinoda.com. If you want to try the service, click below. You’ll be sent a confirmation email in the next couple days:
Remember, this invite is U.S.-only.
For those of you who already have Spotify, you can find me at: m_shinoda
July 3, 2011
We’re one of 60+ artists performing iTunes Festival. The concert is in London…but any of you can watch it. Just use an Apple device (download the free app for iPad, iPod, Touch, iPhone) OR you can watch using iTunes on your computer.
The show goes on all month, with headliners including Adele, Arctic Monkeys, Paul Simon, Glasvegas, White Lies, Mogwai, Chase+Status, Kasabian, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, and many more.
Go here, and get ready to watch the show…
April 27, 2011
We’ve been promising some new LPU news for a while. With all the Transformers news, MFR events, video shooting, and studio sessions going on, it’s been tough to make it happen.
It looks like that announcement is finally on its way. Look for an email by the end of next week. Don’t get your hopes up, though. It’s probably nothing very special or interesting.
In other news, if you haven’t seen the photos of Phoenix’s trip to Haiti, check them out HERE. Talk to you soon.
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
December 5, 2010
With Art Basel finishing up, and the Hello Kitty show coming to a close, I thought I’d show you what my piece ended up looking like. I called it “Hello Vishnu,” obviously.
Edit: I realize you guys don’t all know my sense of humor, but rest assured that this painting isn’t about the Hindu religion nor our Indian fans at all–just for the record. We love our fans in India and hope to see you on tour in the future.
December 1, 2010
Happy Holidays. I painted the piece above, entitled “Follow The Leader”, for Ron English’s “Family Tradition” art show early this year. I decided that it would look better in one of your homes than in mine, so I’m auctioning it off. Go to the link below to bid on it.
Proceeds go to Music For Relief. The auction is live until December 21, that way it will (hopefully) be able to arrive on your doorstep around the holidays.
November 23, 2010
Exciting news for Gundam collectors: tomorrow, a limited-edition Gundam model kit, bundled with our album A Thousand Suns, will be available. These images are from the packaging of the kit. The model looks like this:
The model kit is here on the heels of the “Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs.” arcade game, which uses The Catalyst as its theme song. This was the first time a western artist has ever been featured in a game bearing the Gundam name.
Here’s a great article about the collaboration:
Purchase yours HERE or HERE
(and for a little history lesson, here are some other times Linkin Park has crossed paths with Gundam / Gundam inspired imagery…)
November 20, 2010
I’ve been invited by Sanrio to participate in “Small Gift,” their 50th anniversary art show. The image above is an unfinished detail of the piece (it’s not the whole thing). My piece will be on display at Art Basel in Miami from Dec 2-5. Go here for more info.
(Special thanks to R. Gastman for coordinating everything)
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: