Linkin Park

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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.
Tracks: Papercut One Step Closer With You Points Of Authority Crawling Runaway By Myself In The End A Place For My Head Forgotten Cure For The Itch Pushing Me Away

Meteora (2003) and Minutes to Midnight (2007) continued to sell despite reducing the rap element. By the end of the decade, they had sold more than 50 million copies of their albums.

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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