Hits Daily Double reports that Linkin Park's Minutes To Midnight will debut at #1 and sell between 550,000 to 600,000 copies in its first week of release, making it the highest opening week for any album in 2007 thus far.
Linkin Park DJ, Joe Hahn's directorial debut of his first independent short film, "The Seed," is now available on iTunes. "The Seed" tells the story of Sung, portrayed by Will Yun Lee (Bionic Woman, Torque, Elektra, Die Another Day), a homeless veteran losing his mind in the banks of the L.A. River. The short film also features 4 original music compositions by Joe Hahn as well as the song "There They Go" by Fort Minor. The trailer for the film can be viewed at www.myspace.com/theseedmovie and the film in its entirety can be purchased for $1.99 in the iTunes Store.
Linkin Park are set to headline the Tokyo installment of the Live Earth concert series. Live Earth is a seven-continent affair designed to promote awareness of the threat of global warming to our planet. They are similar in fashion to the Live 8 concerts, of which Linkin Park also participated, which promoted awareness of poverty. Nine concerts are planned in various cities worldwide, including the United States (New York), United Kingdom (London), South Africa (Johannesburg), Brazil (Rio de Janeiro), China (Shanghai), Japan (Tokyo), Australia (Sydney), Germany (Hamburg), and Turkey (Istanbul). Currently only the line-ups for the US, UK, and Australia shows have been named. Bands like The Police, AFI, Dave Matthews Band, Smashing Pumpkins, Kanye West, Fall Out Boy, and more are set to converge in New York. London will play host to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beatie Boys, Madonna, Duran Duran, Black Eyed Peas, and Foo Fighters, among others. Lastly, Australia will see the likes of Wolfmother, Jack Johnson, Ghostwriter, Eskimo Joe, and many others. All concerts will take place during a 24-hour period on July 7th, 2007 (7/7/07). It is highly likely that a concert of this magnitude will be broadcast online as it happens, so we'll keep you updated. Visit the Live Earth Website!
Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington is recovering after reportedly breaking his arm during the group's recent concert in Melbourne, Australia. Reports suggest the rocker fell from the stage four songs into Linkin Park's set on Sunday night. The heroic singer refused to stop the show to seek attention and completed the group's two-hour set with his arm strapped by his side. Bandmate Mike Shinoda has confirmed the injury in a post on the group's website, revealing Bennington has no plans to miss upcoming concerts. The band concludes it's Australian tour next week before heading off to China and the Far East.
The video for Linkin Park's newest single, "Given Up," will premiere exclusively on the LP Network Widget today, Monday, March 3 at 4pm PST (http://linkinpark.com/lpnwidget). In addition, on Tuesday, March 4th, Linkin Park's Live from SoHo EP will be released via iTunes. This recording comes from their recent intimate performance at the Apple Store in SoHo, New York City, and includes the tracks "Wake," "Given Up," "Shadow of the Day," "My December," "In Pieces," and "Bleed it Out." New tour dates in Europe & Canada have recently been announced, with additional Europe dates to be released soon. June 6 – Rock in Rio, Lisbon, Portugal June 7 - Festimad Sur 08 Festival, Madrid, Spain June 13 – Provinssirock Festival, Seinajoki, Finland June 14 - Hultsfred Festival, Hultsfred, Sweden July 12 – Edgefest '08 – Toronto, Canada