Linkin Park’s specific genre varies from alternative rock, nu-metal, rap rock and a mixture of electronica that creates those unique sounds in their music. Their career started in 1996when band members Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, and Mike Shinoda attended the same high school in California. After their high school graduation is when their band lineup was completed by picking up 3 more members which included Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn and their temporary lead singer at the time Mark Wakefield. It wasn’t long before their temporary lead singer left the band and future lead vocalist of the band Chester Bennington would join soon after. At the time they still had trouble signing a record deal and that is when vice president of Warner Bros. Records helped them sign with the company in 1999. The following year is when they released their breakthrough album Hybrid Theory; much of their success came through that album. The album received 3 Grammy nominations in the year of 2002 having sold 7 million copies making the album one of the most successful debuts ever. Over the next few years Linkin Park’s career took off by storm and as a result it led with collaborations with Jay-Z in 2004 and as of 2012 they have released five studio albums.
Some of the bands influences started when band members Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson blended some of their favorite styles of music that influenced them such as Guns N Roses and the Deftones, including elements of hip hop. Other influences came from lead singer Chester Bennington; he mentions during an interview about his biggest musical inspirations and had this to say, "I would have to just go with my gut which would have to be The Beatles, and back to Depeche Mode... the two bands...
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