Los Angeles' Linkin Park, fronted by singer Chester Bennington and rapper Mike Shinoda, were the most successful band of
rap-metal, thanks to
Hybrid Theory (2000), a textbook in how to turn teenage angst into the
musical equivalent of fast food.
One Step Closer
Points Of Authority
In The End
A Place For My Head
Cure For The Itch
Pushing Me Away
Meteora (2003) and
Minutes to Midnight (2007) continued to sell despite reducing the
By the end of the decade, they had sold more than 50 million copies of their
Shinoda debuted solo with
The Rising Tied (2005) under the moniker Fort Minor.
Chester Benington formed
Dead By Sunrise and released
Out of Ashes (2009) in an emo-pop vein.
Despite the side-projects, Linkin Park scored again with
Iridescent (2011), that appeared in a movie soundtrack.
Far from simply repeating itself, the band completely changed course with
A Thousand Suns (2010), an unstable collection that toys with
(then fashionable) synth-pop (the single The Catalyst,
When They Come for Me) and even
acoustic folk (The Messenger), leaving little room for their trademark
rap-rock (Wretches and Kings).
Chester Bennington committed suicide in 2017, two months after he had sung Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah at Chris Cornell's funeral.
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