LINKIN PARK Singer: 'People Get Their Music In Different Ways Now'

According to The Pulse of Radio, LINKIN PARK frontman Chester Bennington told MTV News on Monday (October 4) that the days of the band selling 10 million copies of an album, like its 2000 debut "Hybrid Theory", are long gone. The latest LINKIN PARK record, "A Thousand Suns", debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart with sales of 240,000 copies in its first week, lower than the band's previous efforts.

Bennington explained, "Trying to compare anything to 'Hybrid Theory' in terms of sales is an exercise in futility: It's not gonna happen. That's the reality of the situation. (Second album 'Meteora') did huge numbers the first week, it was like 800,000. 'Minutes To Midnight' was in the 600,000 mark, and this one's at the 240,000 mark; that's a sign of the times . . . people get their music in different ways now."

"Meteora" sold 810,000 copies in its first week of release, while 2007's "Minutes To Midnight" moved 623,000.

Thanks to downloading and file sharing, Bennington said, "There's probably 10 million people out there who have the record that we don't know about."

Some of those 10 million people will get a chance to see LINKIN PARK this fall as the band tours South America, Europe, Israel and Australia, with a North American run likely to start at the end of January.

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