LP have another #1 album on billboard.com, but their album sales won't have Warner celebrating as 241,000 units sold pales in comparison to the 623,000 that MTM sold in its 1st week. Obviously, the band still has many fans, but they have definitly lost a significant amount. I think we should also acknowledge that a portion of the 241,000 people who bought ATS don't like the album.
I think that LP needs to either improve their new sound so it can hold its own or start producing albums that cater to their entire fanbase. I think ATS is a What Ive Done or two short of being a great album and if the band wants to leave their past behind they got to write better ballads. Their best ballad/mid-tempo songs (Iridecent and Waiting for the end) fall short of being great imo and aren't good enough to make many fans forget about their older stuff. The band set the bar high with HT and will need to write better songs before they can move on from that. I think that most people would agree that neither Iridecent or Waiting for the End are in the same class as the best ballads that come from U2 or Cold Play. So until that bridge is gapped, they should cater to their entire fanbase.
The faster songs, which are probably aimed at their older fans, leave don't quite deliver and I fail to see what's wrong with including 2 or 3 songs that sound like stuff from HT or Meteora in addition to their new stuff. You can have it both ways and keep everybody happy while experimenting at the same time. I don't see the point of intentionally making many fans unhappy. Who cares what the critics think.
It's true that LP's album sales have dropped a little. However, people need to realize that Lp doesn't write songs trying to meet the fan's expectations. The band writes their music for the band, and I think that really separates those who like some of their material and true LP fans. Since Meteora, we all could see that the band would never go back to the old style. In fact, each of their albums are different. If a "fan" is bothered by that and wants the band to make music the way the fans want, then they aren't true fans. They have even mentioned that in their interviews that they're constantly changing, and that they'll probably never return to their Hybrid Theory days. I personally agree with their decision. Their constant evolving keeps me interested. I can always look forward to something new. It's not a matter of "If LP will ever go back to Hybrid Theory days" but a matter of "This is what we've created. If you like it, cool. If you hate it, cool." It's not your music or my music, it's their music. And it's your choice whether or not it's the music for you.
On a side note, I'd like to point out that some of you guys probably weren't into LP when Hybrid Theory came out. In fact, some were too young to really get into their music. Just saying, if you weren't even involved with LP during "Hybrid Days", I don't see why you're complaining.
A Thousand Suns is they're best album, its by far they're most artistic work. And isn't comparable to Hybrid Theory, Minutes To Midnight or anything really as Linkin Park created a genre when they birthed this album. Allot of people don't really get A Thousand Suns because they view it as a collection of songs, rather that an album. Which is how you have to listen to it and think of it more as one 50 minute track. As for the sales of this album of course records like Hybrid Theory and Meteora will sell more because people can relate to the issues dealt with in the songs of those two records on a very wide scale. When you make something personnel of course its going to touch and be appreciated by more people than a political album like MTM or ATS regardless of how good they are. As for the portion of people buying ATS and not liking it. Of course it is true, but don't let that make you think its unpopular, because people are more compelled to speak about something when its a complaint. That should be bared in mind if your surprised with the amount of bad reviews.