Ben Jones of U.K.'s Absolute Radio recently conducted an interview with LINKIN PARK rapper, songwriter, keyboardist, vocalist and rhythm guitarist Mike Shinoda. You can now watch the chat below.
LINKIN PARK's video for the song "The Catalyst" premiered on MTV on August 26 and can now be viewed below. The clip was directed by LINKIN PARK's Joe Hahn. "When coming up with the idea of the visual piece to accompany the song, I thought of the end," Hahn says. "What would it look like and feel like if someone pushed the button to decide our fate? What would it feel like if we accepted our fate in the moment of devastation? If we had a final moment to celebrate our final living moments, how would that feel? When J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, described the first test detonation of the atomic bomb, he famously recalled the Bhagavad Ghita, which says, 'If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one.'"
"The Catalyst", which went to radio on August 2, became the first song to debut at No. 1 in the 14-month history of the Billboard Rock Songs chart. The radio airplay survey measures the most–heard titles on alternative, mainstream rock and triple A radio. "The Catalyst" launched with 12.2 million audience impressions in its first week. The song is also featured in a trailer for EA Games' highly anticipated title Medal of Honor, which launched along with the single and quickly went to No. 1 on YouTube.
"A Thousand Suns" (Machine Shop Recordings/Warner Bros.) will be released September 14. The album is co-produced by Rick Rubin (U2, JOHNNY CASH) and LINKIN PARK vocalist Mike Shinoda.
"The Catalyst" video: