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"A THOUSAND SUNS" 4th studio album by Linkin Park!!!

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A Thousand Suns is the fourth studio album by Linkin Park. It was released on September 14, 2010 in the United States through Warner Bros. Records. The album was co-produced by Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda and Rick Rubin, who previously worked together to produce Minutes to Midnight (2007). The lead single for the album, "The Catalyst", was released to radio and digital music retailers on August 2, 2010. It is
a concept album, dealing with nuclear warfare. The album's title comes from a quote by J. Robert Oppenheimer, referring to the Hindu scripture, "If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one.", in reference to the atom bomb.

WRITING AND RECORDING
Recording for the album began in 2008, shortly after the release of Minutes to Midnight. In November 2008 Chester Bennington stated this "sound a little daunting to me, so, I think my confidence level will drop, but when it was presented to us by this friend of ours, we liked the idea. It was an inspiring idea, and it was something we could relate a lot of the things we like to write about to."

In May 2009, A Billboard Magazine story was published where Shinoda revealed info on the album. "I feel like we've been writing a lot. I'd say we've got about half the music done, though I shouldn't say halfway because who knows how long the next batch of songs will take. But all the material's just kind of coming together, and every week we meet up and assess the situation and for the rest of the week we just go and work on whatever we find exciting." He also explained the experimentation that the band would be working with. "It's not going to be Hybrid Theory. It's not going to be Minutes to Midnight. And if we do it right, it'll have a cutting edge sound that defines itself as an individual record separate from anything else that's out there."

The album also features samples of notable speeches by American political figures. The album gets its name from a quote from the Hindu Sanskrit Text, "Bhagvad Gita" which says "If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky that would be like the splendor of the Mighty one....".

RELEASE
On July 8, 2010, the band officially announced that the album would be released on September 14, 2010. The band also revealed that the album's first single would be "The Catalyst", which was released on August 2.

From July 9, 2010 until July 25, 2010, Linkin Park held the contest "Linkin Park, Featuring You". In the contest, fans could download stems from the album's first single, "The Catalyst", remix the stems and/or write their own parts for the song on any instrument. The winner of this contest was Czeslaw "NoBraiN" Sakowski from Świdnica, Poland, whose remix will be featured as an additional track on the album. The album's liner notes also credit Sakowski with "Supplemental Programming" on "When They Come For Me".

The music video for "The Catalyst", directed by band member Joseph Hahn, premiered on August 26, 2010. On August 31, 2010, It was announced that the band would perform the single live for the first time at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, 2010.

On September 2, 2010, Linkin Park released another track from the upcoming album entitled "Wretches and Kings" to those who had pre-ordered the album. Shinoda stated the song pays homage to Chuck D and Public Enemy, who inspired the record to be "three-dimensional". The song features a sample of Mario Savio's "Bodies upon the gears" speech.

And on September 15, 2010, Warner Music Japan announced that the first single from the album, "The Catalyst", was picked as the theme song for the Japanese release of the Namco Bandai Games title Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. In addition, a limited edition of the Japanese release of A Thousand Suns will be bundled with a HGUC 1/144 RX-78GP01Fb Gundam GP01Fb Full Vernian "Linkin Park Edition" Gundam model, which is scheduled for release on November 24.

CRITICAL
Upon its release, A Thousand Suns received generally positive reviews from most music critics.

Rick Florino of ARTISTdirect gave the album a perfect rating, and described it as an essential album by saying that "after A Thousand Suns, all rock 'n' roll will revolve around Linkin Park" and by giving Linkin Park credit for creating their own genre with A Thousand Suns.

Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B rating and said "On A Thousand Suns at times the band's odd mélange of industrial grind, hip-hop swagger, and teenage-wasteland angst feels jarring".

Ian Winwood with Kerrang! gave it an "Excellent" rating, saying that it "can only be best described as a political album" He praised the writing of the songs, saying that "These are songs that have been constructed as much as they've been written!!!"

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YOUR thoughts on Iridescent.

Started by Ryan Voight. Last reply by Matthew Color Oct 4, 2012. 2 Replies

Everyone has a different opinion or point of view on a song when they first hear it or think about it. So I ask you my fellow LP fans, what are your thoughts on Iridescent and do you think it will be…Continue

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the catalyst contest

Started by thanos beslee BBB. Last reply by ZaZa Jul 13, 2010. 1 Reply

Hi there dude!!! I have started an effort about the contest and i have a video on my page of my mix. It is not my official track but it is a sample of my work. I used only the stems of vocals and i…Continue

"The Catalyst"

Started by ZaZa. Last reply by ZaZa Jul 13, 2010. 7 Replies

Who of you will join this contest???The winner will be chosen by Linkin Park and their submission will eitherbe included on the bands new album or the winner will be invited toperform with the band…Continue

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Comment by Florian Popp on June 15, 2011 at 3:50pm
Comment by Dina on July 15, 2011 at 1:24pm
I love the album too! It's different from what LP  did before like music,video clips etc but it is still LINKIN PARK style!
Comment by Simra. on July 27, 2011 at 3:25am

I luv A.T.S Et's different from the other albums like Hybrid Thoery,Meteora and Minutes To Midnight :D It's an awesome album made by and awesome band with awesome videos :]

WE ARE HAPPY WITH A THOUSAND SUNS !

Comment by Pedro Luis Mendoza on July 28, 2011 at 11:46am
A Thousand Suns is my new all time favorite Linkin Park album. I love it. Not only is it a complete diversion of their orginal Metal style but it attempts and succeeds to reinvent LP into a brand new musical force more musically diverse, expansive and yet more mature musically and lyrically than before. And yet, you can stil tell that it's genuine Linkin Park - I bet if you shuffle this album with their other albums (including Reanimation), you wouldn't tell much of a difference. It's so different yet so seemless to the rest of their catalouge. It's so rare that an artist can reinvent themselves yet still keep thier core sound intact. And I LOOOVE the lyrics to this album - it's more mature, remepdtive, soul-searching and most of all, optimistic. After nearly 10 years of angry, Hip-Hoppy, headbanging metal, I think LP could use the much needed change, right? And what a beautiful, powerful and glorious change A Thousand Suns it. THank you, Linkin Park, for your magium opus, your grand masterpiece and your greatest work. It's bound to be a great musical classic. :)
Comment by Nate River on September 16, 2011 at 3:02pm
A thousand suns really changes your view on the world, and life, and everything. Its a shame that people who comment on itunes dont understand the album and call it a piece of ****. Like mike said, Once you have a theory of how the thing works, everybody wants the next thing to be just like the first. The Theory (Hybrid Theory) is waht people want, and they gotta learn how to catch up Mother F****ers. It feels good to get that out there.
Comment by imam wahyudi on November 6, 2011 at 9:50pm
VERY COOL
Comment by Leonel Nicolás Arocha on December 8, 2011 at 7:20am

This album is a masterpiece

Comment by Leonel Nicolás Arocha on March 27, 2012 at 8:07pm
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Comment by Matthew Color on October 8, 2012 at 7:44pm

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