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 Linkin Towncar on August 25, 2012 at 2:37pm
Comment by Lilit Grigoryan on July 8, 2012 at 6:30am

I am so proud of you Mike... I am lookink forward to have a THAT album which i've already listen to. Be shure everything what you do is special for me and all LP'sssssssssssss......

Comment by Enigma Streetsoldier on June 23, 2012 at 8:52am
Very true Mike, you've made quite the point... I plan on buying Living Things the day it comes out and listening to it wi a family member, or perhaps a good friend. Music this great should be listened to en masse.
Comment by fdghr rtre on June 19, 2012 at 10:09am
Comment by Brandon Williams on June 17, 2012 at 5:52am

I am just wondering if they are going to release a collectors edition set like they did for thousand suns here in japan. 

Comment by hiera kazmi on June 14, 2012 at 12:00pm

im so doing this <3 worth every second!

Comment by Barbi LinKeane on June 13, 2012 at 4:35pm

What a smart challenge! I am proud of you Mike, most of musicians should do this! I'll wait, don't you worry :D 


Soldier FOREVER ♥

Comment by Serious Jay on June 12, 2012 at 12:57am

can't wait

Comment by Shadow of a Doubt on June 11, 2012 at 7:44pm

I was going to wait anyway.

Comment by Novita on June 10, 2012 at 6:54pm

I'm coming with U Mike....always  be there for LP !!!!!!!

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