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Linkin Park to Drop “Meteora”

Linkin Park will release Meteora, the long awaited
follow-up to their 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory, on March
25th. The first single will be “Somewhere I Belong.”

The band — rapper Mike Shinoda, guitarist Brad Delson, drummer
Rob Bourdon, DJ Joseph Hahn, bassist Phoenix and singer Chester
Bennington — began sessions for this album with more than fifty
songs, paring them down to fifteen.

One of those songs, “Breaking the Habit,” features samples, live
guitar, a ten-piece orchestra, live piano and digital manipulation.
“For the last five years, I’ve been wanting to write this song,”
Shinoda told Rolling Stone. “It’s about some friend of
mine that had some really awful events happen to his family. It’s
kind of dark. It’s not something people will hear on the radio, but
it’s important to us.”

While the success of Hybrid Theory, the best-selling
record of 2001, left Linkin Park with plenty of wiggle room to
experiment with their sound, don’t expect radical changes. “I’m
sure we could do some crazy stuff now,” Shinoda said. “But we like
what we like. We know what kind of music we want to make, and we
just go after it.”

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