When Linkin Park first emerged at the turn of the millennium, they provided an alternative to pop acts like Britney Spears and *NSYNC. Now, the band is heading in a new direction on their seventh studio album, “One More Light,” though its members insist it’s just business as usual.
“The mixing of genres has been part of our DNA since the beginning,” Mike Shinoda tells ET Canada’s Rick Campanelli. “I wouldn’t call it pop, just like I wouldn’t call it hip-hop, just like I wouldn’t call it rock.”
Still, there’s definitely a noticeable shift towards pop on their new effort; the first single, “Heavy,” is co-written by Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels, the songwriting duo behind recent pop smashes including Spears’ “Slumber Party,” Selena Gomez’s “Hands To Myself” and Justin Bieber’s “Sorry”.
“We’re confusing,” Chester Bennington jokes of their genre-defying nature. “We’re like a platypus.”
The band has come a long way since its 2000 debut “Hybrid Theory,” which has sold over 30 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling debut album of the 21st century. Almost 20 years later, the Grammy-winning act attributes their longevity to their solid foundation as a group.
“[We have] six guys [with] six different opinions all wanting different things, and then we find a way to come together,” Shinoda says.
“One More Light” is set for release May 19.