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Linkin Park releases its fifth studio album on Tuesday (June 26th), titled Living Things. Coming just two years after 2010's A Thousand Suns -- a relatively brief gap between albums for this band -- the new disc eases off some of the more experimental electronic sounds of that record and brings back some classic Linkin Park elements going back to their 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory. Vocalist Mike Shinoda explained the band's goals for the new album: "This record was about getting back to the 'hybrid theory,' but not the album of that name, the philosophy of it. There's six of us with different musical tastes and different things that we like, and like to do, and to be able to kind of bridge all those gaps, but also like the different eras of our band, into one sound on one album, that was the challenge and that was the fun of making this record, Living Things." The first single from Living Things, "Burn It Down," has topped the Active Rock chart.The band worked on the new CD with producer Rick Rubin, who also produced A Thousand Suns and 2007's Minutes To Midnight.Linkin Park will co-headline the Honda Civic Tour this summer with Incubus, beginning in Bristow, Virginia on August 11th. Shinoda recently implored fans to gather and listen to Living Things together, writing, "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."

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