A few weeks ago, I challenged the fans to hold off listening to the album until release day. I had suggested the fans create their own listening party, and share with us on Twitter. As it turns out, one group of fans scheduled a big online "listening party", celebrating the release in the U.S. I decided to join them.

I've never seen anything like it. The sheer volume of activity and excitement was astounding. I'm writing to share some of that excitement with those of you who weren't there.

We all hit play, together, worldwide, around 1pm PST. As the album played, people shared reactions in words, photos, and videos. LIVING THINGS was a top-three trending topic on Twitter worldwide for about an hour. People were freaking out. I re-tweeted some of the comments, and added some of my own thoughts. I also favorite-ed many of the things people were saying and the pictures they put up. There was so much going on; my Twitter feed was impossible to follow. After it was done, many people listened to it again. Others stayed on just to chat.

I can't really recreate any of the actual magic of the day, but luckily, I don't have to.

Here are a few snippets:

To get a real sense of how it went down, check out this stuff people said:!/m_shinoda/favorites

...and my own Twitter feed:!/m_shinoda

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Comment by Sheiny Gómez García on July 30, 2012 at 8:45pm

"living things" is an amazing album ....

congratulations Achieved a very good change, I love the beat, the voices, raps, sampler ..... is very amazing ..

really are great guys ....

LP forever: D

Comment by Stephen on July 8, 2012 at 11:31am

Missed it but Im sure it was an amazing experience! Great album guys, well worth the wait and cant stop listening to it

Comment by kevin qodrin on July 2, 2012 at 10:56pm

can i get fre ?? haha

Comment by jefke on June 30, 2012 at 3:26pm

So everyone that day ignored the LEGAL 1week before launch listening links?

Comment by Alexander Gustafson on June 29, 2012 at 7:52am

Living Things Rocks. I think lost in the echo is Freakin AWESOME!!!

Comment by Michael on June 27, 2012 at 2:45pm

I wanted to do the challenge but the album came out in the middle of my exam week. I couldn't really have a listening party then so I listened to it when it streamed on itunes.

Comment by Meher Piplani on June 27, 2012 at 2:26pm

This shows how much we all LUV LP

any plans of coming 2 india? ppppppplllllllleeeeeeeeaaaaaaasssssseeeeee!!!

over a gazillion bazillion fans r waiting

hoping too see u guys here!

Comment by Pooja Shinoda LP on June 27, 2012 at 11:01am

I'm sure I missed an amazing listening party..
But anyway the album is freaking amazing.. I love it.. <3 thanks so much Linkin Park.. <3


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