Imagine opening your birthday presents by yourself, alone. Imagine having no one to look in the eye, sharing the excitement of each new thing.

Now imagine opening those presents, surrounded by the people you love. There’s something better about sharing an exciting moment with other people.

Growing up, when one of my favorite bands released a new album, it was an event.  I used to leave school at lunchtime with my friends to drive to the store and buy it.  We would rip open the packages and put one in, and listen to it together, eating lunch in the car.  We would shout over the music, rewind our favorite parts, play songs over.  It recently occurred to me how sad it is that so much of that experience has been lost.  Albums leak, release dates are spread out over the course of weeks, and often, people hear an album alone, on pathetic computer speakers.  True, they tweet, text, and chat about it, but the magic isn’t as magical.

Our new album LIVING THINGS comes out in the US on June 26. It hits the shelves in a number of other countries on June 22. And it’s no secret that the album will likely leak a week or two prior. We want to issue a challenge to our fans: make the LIVING THINGS release date a special event for yourself.

When the album leaks, ignore it.

You’ll only have to wait a few days. Then, at midnight of the release date in your country, listen to the album from front to back. If you can, listen to it with friends.  Have a party.  Drive somewhere.  Enjoy yourself. If you decide to download the album leak rather than purchase the album, fine. This challenge still applies to you.  This is not about downloading, it’s about deciding to have more fun.

However you get the album, document the day. Take photos of you buying the album and putting the CD in your car, downloading it and listening to it on your iPod, streaming it and playing it on your stereo. Tweet your photos to us @linkinpark with the hashtag #LIVINGTHINGSRELEASEDAY. We’ll retweet our favorites.

We want LIVING THINGS release day to be as special for you as it will be for us. Challenge yourself to hold out, and we’ll all share in the excitement together.  For the record, I’ll be celebrating on the 26th, so if you want to celebrate with me, come find me on Twitter.

@m_shinoda

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Comment by skerdi on June 10, 2012 at 2:50am

this chalenge is very dificult..it's like  drinking alcohol in front of an alcoholic who is sober for a while..i'm not sure i can take that chalenge..but i can promise you that i will try..CAN'T WAIT FOR LIVING THINGS :D

Comment by DDJJ on June 10, 2012 at 2:34am

i will most certain wait for the 26th, and most certainly celebrate the release like crazy! love you and chester and everybody else in the band, love linkin park, and i know i will love living things. keep doing what you're all doing, creating the best music of all time!

Comment by yutong zhang on June 8, 2012 at 8:26pm

I'm in CHINA, got a big damn exam for entering high school, and it'll be finished on the album release day... I crazzzy about it!  So excited about the album!

Comment by Elina on June 8, 2012 at 4:18am

I really like Linkin Park, so I will certainly wait until the correct record is displayed. (:

As part of my decision is that I have really bad PC user.  : D

 so, Good luck Linkin Park. :)

Comment by Vlad on June 8, 2012 at 1:23am

Living Things, i'm with you, Mike, i'm with you, LINKIN PARK - WE ARE WITH YOU - 26 JUNE IS CLOSER AND CLOSER- MOTHERFUCKING YAAAAH!!!!!  

Comment by TJ Campbell on June 7, 2012 at 4:29pm

i was planning on not listing to the album early (other then burn it down, which i waited until it came out to listen to it, not the 30 second preview) and now it is official! i have listined to lies greed misery becouse of medal of honer, but that is it, i will do this challenge. challenge accepted!

Comment by Mafalda Silvestre on June 7, 2012 at 1:09pm

Hi Mike!!

Thanks for giving us so good music.
I watched your concert in rock in rio lisboa 2012, was the best part of the night!!

JUST AMAZING xD
I hope that you return soon to Portugal.

kisses and the best of success for the whole band!!

 

p.s. challenge accepted!!

Comment by yaone makoto on June 7, 2012 at 12:39pm

Mr Mike

I prefer to listen to your songs alone as i used to, cause it allows me to imagine its events using my anime's characters (it is so excited & it makes me shiver), but when you do it with another person you will lost your concentration.

about joining tweeter, I thought about it before but I was hesitated now I think that the time came to take this step ( but when, I don't know the exactly day).

thanks very much.& please be the best in everything you do, & encourage others to do the same.

Comment by Anita Boyd on June 7, 2012 at 9:30am

Love the idea, Mike! As one of your older, long-time fans, I grew up waiting impatiently to get a new (vinyl) album and listen to it repeatedly. I used to know the order of songs on an album and every inch of the cover art. I miss those days. Every LP album release is a big celebration for me, and this one is no exception. I'm sure I'll listen to it over and over, as I have all of the previous releases. As others have said, your music speaks to our souls, and we are fans forever.

Comment by laura on June 7, 2012 at 8:20am

I can not wait wait for the 26 then? I will celebrate with Linkin Park released the first in Italy but Mr. shinoda I am in Germany until 24 I hope I work for a fair

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