266 Musician Linkin Park ‘In the End’ Cover Is the Best Tribute

Linkin Park‘s “In the End” video just surpassed one billion YouTube views last week (July 3) and what better way to celebrate with a massive tribute cover from 266 musicians across 35 countries.

Dubbed #QuarantineMob, the project was recorded between May 5 and 25 and will instantly make this entire globe feel small. Not only is there an insane amount of musicians in one video and from so many places, there’s also so many instruments! There’s two accordions before the first verse hits and even a xylophone.

Everything — the dozens of singers, the various guitar tones (acoustic and electric), all those different instruments — meshes in total harmony in this herculean undertaking. In this pandemic, video montage covers and tributes have become the new norm and nothing can really compete with what the Linkin Park fanbase has done, once again, to bring us all together despite physical and geographical distances.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for some new music from the members of Linkin Park, Mike Shinoda recently announced his Dropped Frames, Vol. 1 solo album. It’s a unique release that was culled from Shinoda’s livestreams on Twitch, where he created songs in the moments while fans watched and engaged. Some fan vocal submissions will even make the album.

If you really need a new Linkin Park song though, there’s good news and bad news. Shinoda confirmed there is an unreleased track with late singer Chester Bennington, but he said, “You literally are going to have to wait years to hear that song.”

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Linkin Park’s ‘In the End’ Passes One Billion Views on YouTube

Linkin Park’s music video for “In the End” has surpassed one billion views on YouTube, making it one of the only rock or metal videos to cross the nine-digit mark. “In the End” is Linkin Park’s second video to cross a billion views, after “Numb” surpassed the massive milestone in late 2018.

Contrary to some fans’ memory, “In the End” was not the lead single from Hybrid Theory, though it was undoubtedly the biggest. “In the End” was released in October 2000, one month after the debut of “One Step Closer.”

The monumental cut dropped on October 24, the same day Hybrid Theory was released. The album’s first-week sales, largely on the back of “One Step Closer,” didn’t do gigantic numbers at first, selling 50,000 copies in its first week. However, once “In the End” began spinning on heavy rotation, the album soon went gold and eventually propelled Hybrid Theory to sell 4.8 million copies in 2001 alone, making it the most successful album of the year.

As of this posting, Hybrid Theory has sold over 27 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling debut album of the 21st century.

Interestingly enough, vocalist Chester Bennington didn’t like “In the End” at first. “I didn’t even want it to be on the record, honestly,” he told V Music over a decade later. “How wrong could I have possibly been? I basically decided at that point I don’t know what the fuck I’m talking about, so I leave that to other people who are actually talented at somehow picking songs that people are going to like the most … now I love ‘In The End’ and I think it’s such a great song.”

According to Setlist.fm, “In the End” is the most-played Linkin Park song in the band’s concert history, having been performed a total of 747 times; just four more than “One Step Closer.”

Check out the lyrics to “In the End” below [via Genius]:

[Verse 1: Mike Shinoda & Chester Bennington]
(It starts with one) One thing, I don’t know why
It doesn’t even matter how hard you try
Keep that in mind, I designed this rhyme
To explain in due time all I know
Time is a valuable thing
Watch it fly by as the pendulum swings
Watch it count down to the end of the day
The clock ticks life away, it’s so unreal (It’s so unreal)
Didn’t look out below
Watch the time go right out the window
Tryin’ to hold on, didn’t even know
I wasted it all just to watch you go
I kept everything inside
And even though I tried, it all fell apart
What it meant to me will eventually be
A memory of a time when I tried so hard

[Chorus: Chester Bennington]
I tried so hard and got so far
But in the end it doesn’t even matter
I had to fall to lose it all
But in the end it doesn’t even matter

[Verse 2: Mike Shinoda & Chester Bennington]
One thing, I don’t know why
It doesn’t even matter how hard you try
Keep that in mind, I designed this rhyme
To remind myself how I tried so hard
In spite of the way you were mockin’ me
Actin’ like I was part of your property
Rememberin’ all the times you fought with me
I’m surprised it got so far
Things aren’t the way they were before
You wouldn’t even recognize me anymore
Not that you knew me back then
But it all comes back to me in the end
You kept everything inside
And even though I tried, it all fell apart
What it meant to me will eventually be
A memory of a time when I tried so hard

[Chorus: Chester Bennington]
I tried so hard and got so far
But in the end it doesn’t even matter
I had to fall to lose it all
But in the end it doesn’t even matter

[Bridge: Chester Bennington]
I’ve put my trust in you
Pushed as far as I can go
For all this
There’s only one thing you should know
I’ve put my trust in you
Pushed as far as I can go
For all this
There’s only one thing you should know

[Chorus: Chester Bennington]
I tried so hard and got so far
But in the end it doesn’t even matter
I had to fall to lose it all
But in the end it doesn’t even matter

“In the End” now joins iconic videos like Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain,” the Cranberries’ “Zombie,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in YouTube’s one billion views club.

Congratulations to Linkin Park for the momentous achievement and watch “In the End” for yourself below.

In The End (Official Video) – Linkin Park

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Mike Shinoda Creates ‘Dropped Frames’ Solo Record While on Twitch

For those of you who’ve followed Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda on Twitch, you’re aware that he’s enjoyed sharing the creative process with fans. That will soon pay off in a new solo album from the singer.

Shinoda has been taking suggestions from fans and then recording instrumental material based around the input he’s received. Not only will his vocals appear on parts of the set, but so will vocals from a number of submissions he received for the record. That collaborative process with fans has now yielded 12 new tracks that will be released under the title, Dropped Frames, Vol. 1 on July 10.

The singer told Spin, “Dropped Frames is just as much about the live channel as it is about the album.’ The collection of songs is a highlight reel of the tracks I make on the channel, but a big part of the experience is the stream itself. When I start, I usually have very little idea of where it will go. What comes out is a product of the viewers’ suggestions, my spur-of-the-moment ideas, and whatever inexplicable magic is floating in between.”

During his Twitch stream announcing the album, Shinoda revealed that it’s his hope to continue putting together Dropped Frames albums through the collaborative Twitch process, with viewers continuing to suggest themes.

In advance of the release, fans can now check out three tracks titled “Osiris,” “Open Door” and “Super Galaxtica.” Hear all three below.

The album will be Shinoda’s second solo record, following 2018’s Post Traumatic album. Pre-saves/pre-orders are available here. Keep up with Shinoda’s Twitch activity here.

Mike Shinoda, “Open Door”

Mike Shinoda, “Osiris”

Mike Shinoda, “Super Galaxtica”

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Open Door
Super Galaxtica
Duckbot
Cupcake Cake
El Rey Demonio
Doodle Buzz
Channeling Pt. 1 (feat. Dan Mayo)
Osiris
Babble Bobble
Session McSessionface
Neon Crickets
Booty Down

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Linkin Park Have an Unreleased Song With Chester Bennington

Linkin Park‘s future remains uncertain, but Mike Shinoda has just revealed the name of one unreleased song that was recorded with Chester Bennington during the One More Light sessions. Still, it will likely be a long time before we ever get to hear “Friendly Fire.”

Shinoda has been active on his Twitch channel lately as fans can engage with him while he does things ranging from playing the Animal Crossing video game to recording new music. It’s an ideal time for fans to spring questions on the Linkin Park co-vocalist and, last week, Shinoda discussed unreleased Linkin Park material.

“There was a song — a One More Light song that… we mixed more [songs] than [are present on] the finished album and we mixed a couple other songs just to see if one of them would make the cut or whatever — if we could use it for a B-side and it was ‘Friendly Fire,'” Shinoda disclosed in a video shared by a Linkin Park fan page, as seen below.

Shinoda mentioned the track was co-written with Jon Green, who collaborated with the group on 2017’s One More Light album, which proved to be the final record with singer Chester Bennington before his tragic death by suicide in July later that year. Guitarist Brad Delson was also in on the writing process for that track.

“I still love that song,” beamed Shinoda, who then wondered out loud if Linkin Park had released that song already, asking, “Is that out somewhere? Did we put ‘Friendly Fire’ out at some point? We didn’t, did we?”

One viewer requested that the band just release the song right now, to which Shinoda brushed off, understanding what a monumental moment the debut of an unheard Linkin Park song would be.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that “Friendly Fire” will be shared any time soon. “You literally are going to have to wait years to hear that song, fyi,” said Shinoda at the tail of the video clip.

Fortunately, however, Linkin Park fans have already received at least one posthumous song featuring Bennington. Prior to his death, the singer contributed to “Cross Off,” one of the tracks which appeared on Anesthetic, the debut solo album from Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton. Listen here.

Plus, Bennington’s vocals can be heard on the Grey Daze album, Amends, due this Friday (June 26). You can pre-order the album from Bennington’s pre-Linkin Park band, which has already yielded the tracks “What’s in the Eye,” “Sickness,” “Sometimes,” “Soul Song” and “B12,” at this location.

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Chester Bennington Trending on Twitter as Fans Recall Death

Linkin Park‘s Chester Bennington has been trending on Twitter this morning (June 9) along with Soundgarden‘s Chris Cornell, but it took a little digging to discover why. It looks to have all started with a tweet asking for the celebrity death that hit the hardest during your lifetime.

There were a number of high profile deaths included in the responses, including the tragic murder of John Lennon, actor/comedian Robin Williams’ suicide and the more recent death of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant. However, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington and Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell 2017 deaths is what has both musicians trending.

While there were many celebrities named in the Twitter thread, Bennington’s name came up frequently with fans offering their thoughts on his death and showing tributes that still stand from around the world. See some of the entries below.

Bennington died on July 20, 2017, which coincided with close friend Chris Cornell’s birthday, who had died months earlier.

In the aftermath of his death, Bennington’s widow Talinda founded the 320 Changes Direction organization to help put a spotlight on mental health. Last month, the organization held its inaugural 320 Festival in which music, film and informative sessions on mental health were shared.

Bennington’s musical contributions have also been back in the spotlight a bit of late, as his pre-Linkin Park band Grey Daze have recorded an album titled Amends that features vocals from his early years. Bennington had intended to reunite and play with the band prior to his death. A mini-documentary on the making of the album can be seen here. The album is due June 26 and you can pre-order it here.

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Constructing the Perfect Rock Record

First, much respect to bands who meticulously construct their albums to provide a great listening experience. Albums can be sequenced thematically to help tell a story, or artists may simply choose to try to make things flow, finding the perfect balance of heavy and soft, making sure not to have too much repetition while keeping the listener engaged throughout. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a record that flows thematically and stylistically.

For this exercise, we take on something larger in scope, attempting to create the perfect rock record while using the blueprint already laid out by rock artists track by track over the decades. We break down the best Track 1s, Track 2s, Track 3s and so on, then try to construct one great rock listen from top to bottom.

It’s a more difficult task than you might suspect and is open to personal preference. This one is ours, attempting to weave a rock album filled with classic cuts, putting our focus primarily on the flow rather than attempting to weave themes together, though there are moments where that happily works out.

A few points of interest came up during this exercise, noting how many acts front load their records with the best songs. This was particularly true with Track 1, which is the first impression listeners will get of your new music. Therefore, there’s a wealth of stellar choices to select from in picking a Track 1.

Tracks 5 and 6 are also particularly strong, especially for older cuts given how most albums were composed of Side A and Side B and bands wanted to start Side B strong. This became less essential once CDs and eventually digital music became the primary platform, eschewing vinyl.

The other interesting point of note was the abundance of rock power ballads in the latter portion of records. They provide a nice change of pace, especially when interest may start to wane.

So, join us as we share our Perfect Rock Record, and try to construct your own if you enjoy the exercise. If you’d like to hear our “Perfect Rock Record” in full, check here.

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Linkin Park Members Have Been Writing + Working on New Music

Linkin Park have been out of action since Chester Bennington‘s death, but in a new interview, bassist Dave “Phoenix” Farrell reveals that the group members have been writing individually and chatting online due to the current coronavirus pandemic.

Phoenix was a guest on the Dan Really Likes Wine podcast (as seen below around the 18:10 mark) and during the chat he revealed that the members had just started writing when the pandemic hit. “At this point right now, I think globally we’re all doing a version of the same thing, you know, trying to stay home and trying to stay as healthy as possible,” said the bassist.

He added, “For us, with the band, we’ve been kinda writing and doing that whole bit before this all started, so casually at this point we’re doing Zoom meetings to eat lunch together and say, ‘Hi.’ But we’re not able to get together and write or do that whole bit. So working at home a little bit, working up ideas.”

Phoenix says he’s also taken up drums over the past year, just giving him something new to try out.

Mike Shinoda has been the most visible member since Bennington’s death, issuing the Post Traumatic EP and full length album. But the news that the other members have been writing of late is a positive sign. Nothing official has been announced as of yet concerning the band’s future plans.

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