ESPN Music: Linkin Park

Featured this month on ESPN

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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN this month, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Linkin Park: "Until it’s Gone" and "All or Nothing" from “The Hunting Party” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Santana ft Cindy Blackman Santana and Wayne Shorter: "Yo Soy La Luz" from the “Corazˇn” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Enrique Iglesias ft Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona: " Bailando" from the “Sex and Love” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Mike Shinoda, Linkin Park love Olympians

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Linkin ParkCourtesy of Linkin ParkOlympic runner Geena Gall, fourth from left, meets with the members of Linkin Park in Detroit.
Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park loves the unfiltered aspect of social media.

No wonder the rapper and principal songwriter for the California rock band is on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, has his own website, his band's website and a host of other forms.

And Shinoda feels, because of social media, he made a stronger connection with the Summer Olympics in London and grew to know the athletes better. That's why he and the band invited several athletes to the fall tour.

"This Olympics were so different because of Twitter. You have the ability to get inside the minds of the actual athletes and get a sense of their personality," said Shinoda, whose band is heading to Buenas Aries this week for the next leg of a world tour. "I was really struck by how you get a better understanding of who they really are in social media and not in a TV interview."

Playbook had a few minutes with Shinoda to talk about social media, the tour and what's ahead for Linkin Park.

What do you mean when you say social media offers better access to athletes?


"In an interview, the athletes are in work mode. They know the cameras are on them. Their mom is watching. They have to edit themselves. But when it comes to social media, they don't edit themselves. I felt with social media and live TV coverage, you got a nice cross section of what was going on with those people."

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Chesney, Slash, Maroon 5 songs on 'MNF'

October, 1, 2012
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN’s Monday Night Football Programming, links to the artist’s websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Music on Monday Night Football

Kenny Chesney
"Time Flies" from the "Welcome to the Fishbowl” album (iTunes | Amazon)

Pantera
"Walk" from the "The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboy's Vulgar Hits” album (iTunes | Amazon)

Maroon 5
"Doin’ Dirt" from the "Overexposed” album (iTunes | Amazon)

Maroon 5
"Lucky Strike" from the "Overexposed” album (iTunes | Amazon)

Public Enemy
"Bring the Noise" from the "Bring the Noise 20xx” album (iTunes | Amazon)

Linkin Park
"Lost in the Echo" from the "Living Things” album (iTunes | Amazon)

Imagine Dragons
"Radioactive" from the "Night Visions” album (iTunes | Amazon)

Hoobastank
"This is Gonna Hurt" from the "Fight or Flight” album (iTunes | Amazon)

Buckcherry
"All Night Long" from the "All Night Long” album (iTunes | Amazon)

Slash
"Crazy Life" from the "Apocalyptic Love” album (iTunes | Amazon)

Soundgarden
"Been Away Too Long" from the "King Animal” album (iTunes | Amazon)

Soundgarden
"By Crooked Steps" not available for sale.

POD
"Boom" from the "Satellite” album (iTunes | Amazon)


Linkin Park throws out pitch, performs at X

June, 30, 2012
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Linkin ParkMark Sullivan/WireImageMike Shinoda, Phoenix Farrell and Joe Hahn of the band Linkin Park were on the field Friday.
LOS ANGELES -- It was a long day for Linkin Park on Friday as members Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda and Phoenix Farrell spent the early evening with the Los Angeles Dodgers throwing out the first pitch before the game against the New York Mets.

And then they joined the rest of the California rock band for a private concert at Club Nokia at L.A. Live as part of a new initiative for the X Games brand -- X Games MUSIC. In fact, Mr. Hahn wore his Dodgers jersey on stage.

Starting next year, X Games MUSIC will serve as a component of each Global X Games event, pairing unique action sports-influenced musical acts alongside X Games events in Aspen, Colo.; Tignes, France; Foz do Iguašu, Brazil; Barcelona, Spain; Munich; and Los Angeles.

Linkin Park hit the stage in front of a thousand fan-club fans and sponsors at 11:35 p.m. local time and played for 90 minutes. They started the show with some of their biggest songs and then went into their fifth studio album, "Living Things," which was released this week. The album will hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts next week.

Lead singer Chester Bennington's voice was strong. While Shinoda and some bandmates were greeting fans backstage an hour before the show, Bennington was screaming in the dressing room to get his voice ready. The 36-year-old Bennington was telling jokes throughout the set, including talking about the fans sitting in the balcony.

"I like you guys up there sitting down," Bennington said. "I'd be doing that, too. I'm an old dude."

Shinoda, who helped produced "Living Things" with legendary record producer Rick Rubin, thanked fans for their support and focused on social media throughout the set. The show was live-streamed on Myspace and will be available all Saturday.

And Shinoda also talked about Linkin Park's Green Guitar Project. When the band begins its national tour in August, Shinoda said the band will be using "pieces of musical magic."

"We'll be using guitars that had wood sitting in landfills and going nowhere," Shinoda said. "We are looking at getting into the business of people sending in your guitars and we'll fix them, and they will never, ever leave this earth!"

Linkin Park ushering in X Games MUSIC

June, 29, 2012
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Linkin ParkJames MinchinLinkin Park will perform a show Friday night at X Games LA to celebrate the launch of X Games MUSIC.
LOS ANGELES -- Chester Bennington, the lead singer of two-time Grammy Award-winning Linkin Park, said his band and style of music is a perfect fit for the X Games.

"I think our music has always been where you get up and jump around and you're just not standing there listening to the music. We're the kind of music you work out in the gym," said Bennington of the California group formed in 1996 that has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. "I think the energy of our shows is the same energy you see in action sports. Everyone is moving."

And that's why the six-member rock band, which includes Mike Shinoda and Mr. Hahn, is performing a private show Friday night at Club Nokia at L.A. Live as part of a new initiative for the X Games brand -- X Games MUSIC.

Starting next year, X Games MUSIC will serve as a component of each Global X Games event, pairing unique action sports-influenced musical acts alongside X Games events in Aspen, Colo.; Tignes, France; Foz do Iguašu, Brazil; Barcelona, Spain; Munich, Germany; and Los Angeles.

And Linkin Park will kick things off tonight, performing songs from their fifth studio album, "Living Things," released this week and produced by Shinoda and legendary record producer Rick Rubin. The reviews have been great, and the album likely will hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts next week.

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Linkin ParkJames MinchinLinkin Park will perform a show Friday night at X Games LA to celebrate the launch of X Games MUSIC.
Two-time Grammy Award winner Linkin Park will perform at X Games Los Angeles 2012 as part of a new initiative being introduced to the X Games brand in 2013 -- X Games MUSIC. Linkin Park will perform a private show at Club Nokia at L.A. Live on June 29, performing songs from its upcoming album "Living Things," set for release June 26 and produced by Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda and legendary record producer Rick Rubin.

Select tickets for Linkin Park, plus a special guest, will be made available to the public via giveaways on X Games Facebook and Twitter.

Accompanying the global expansion of the X Games in 2013, which includes six stops in the United States, Europe and South America, X Games MUSIC is being introduced as an additional cultural element to the X Games experience, one that defines the link between action sports subcultures and music. X Games MUSIC will serve as a component of each Global X Games event in 2013, pairing unique action sports-influenced musical acts alongside X Games events in Aspen, Colo.; Tignes, France; Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; Barcelona, Spain; Munich, Germany; and Los Angeles.

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