Exclusive Spotify Invite For MS.com Readers

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:

http://bit.ly/ovThTM

Remember, this invite is U.S.-only.

For those of you who already have Spotify, you can find me at: m_shinoda

-m

mike

Watch Linkin Park for Free

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…

http://www.itunesfestival.com/

mike

LPU Announcement

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.

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

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

My Hello Kitty Painting, Art Basel

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.

mike

Bidding Opens On Original Shinoda Painting: “Follow The Leader”

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.

BID HERE:

http://www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/250618197?preview=1

mike

Linkin Park Gundam Collector’s Edition, Available Tomorrow

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:
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-09-15/linkin-park-rock-album-to-bundle-gundam-plastic-model

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…)

mike

Shinoda’s Hello Kitty Art Basel Miami preview

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)

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