Linkin Park Are The First Rock Band To Get Over A Billion Hits On Youtube
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.21.2012
Before Green Day and Red Hot Chili Peppers...
NME reports that Linkin Park are the first rock band to get over a billion hits on Youtube with their channel LinkinParkTV. Their 2009 song "New Divide", from the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen soundtrack, has 131 million views alone.
Red Hot Chili Peppers (327 million) and Green Day (245 million) are the next biggest rock bands on the website.
Lady Gaga was the first artist to get a billion views in 2010, but Bieber has the most with 2.8 billion views. Rihanna has also passed Gaga.
Linkin Park released their most recent album Living Things on June 26. It is their fifth overall and the follow-up to 2010's A Thousand Suns. It was produced by Rick Rubin.
Mike Shinoda previously said the album would not be more guitar-heavy than recent efforts. He said: "That's actually been misinterpreted. What we've actually said is that the record gets back to our roots and it's captured a feeling that we haven't gone after in many years. I think that's gone misconstrued as a return to heavy guitars. There are guitars on the record of course though. I'll say it like this, with 'Minutes To Midnight' and even more so with 'A Thousand Suns', we were making an effort to get away from the sound of the first two records. The reason for that was that we felt if we made a third record that sounded that way, we'd be pigeonholed into doing that forever. Everybody just gravitated towards the stuff that sounded different and, as we got into 'A Thousand Suns', it got even more different."