LINKIN PARK Singer Explains Holding Back Internet Access To Their Songs

LINKIN PARK, who have joined the likes of KID ROCK, METALLICA, and GREEN DAY in holding back access to their songs via the Internet and nixing downloads of individual album tracks, recently told Launch that they still want fans to get the music via the Internet, but in a way that works for fans and the bands. "We're all going to have to adjust," said LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington. "You know what I'm saying? Eventually everything is going to be purchased online. It's just a matter of how you're going to do it. You know? Do you sell albums by track or do you sell albums to download for one cost when you go in to download the music? Who knows? It's not up to me, it's up to the people to figure out the way they want to do it, and to do it in a way that's not going to destroy the bands that they love."

"Bands like us that have commercial success by selling records are in a different place than the bands that are in a lower playing field, so it's hard for us to really understand from our point of view," Bennington added. "But we do understand that there's an issue there, and until everybody kind of figures it out and there's more education on how to fix it, we're not really going to run around and preach anything that we don't know is going to work for certain."

LINKIN PARK are currently touring North America as part of the Summer Sanitarium Tour, also featuring METALLICA, LIMP BIZKIT, DEFTONES and MUDVAYNE.


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