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Linkin Park covered Adele at the iTunes Festival last night

Linkin Park

Linkin Park

Linkin Park covered Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ at the iTunes Festival last night (05.07.11).

The US rockers performed a set of their biggest hits – including ‘Numb’, ‘Faint’, ‘Crawling’ and ‘One Step Closer’ – before surprising fans with their version of the soul singer’s huge hit during their encore at Camden’s Roundhouse in London.

Before they performed the track lead vocalist Chester Bennington teased the audience, saying: “We’re going to do something really special for you guys, this is something we don’t usually do. We’re going to play a song by a local artist.”

The band’s version of Adele’s UK and US number one single saw the band stripped back, with Chester singing and multi instrumentalist Mike Shinoda playing the piano.

The hit was part of a five-song encore that saw the band ‘ who are also made up of drummer Rob Bourdon, lead guitarist Brad Delson, bassist Dave Farrell and DJ Joe Hahn – close the night with energetic performances of their 2001 single ‘In The End’ and 2007′s ‘Bleed It Out’.

Chester told the crowd: “It feels good to be down here with a bunch of people who really want to  be here.”

They band opened with ‘The Requiem’ before launching into ‘Papercut’ and also performed ‘No More Sorrow’ and ‘Breaking the Habit’ during their set.

The iTunes festival runs throughout July and will include shows from artists including Beady Eye, Friendly Fires and Bruno Mars.

Linkin Park’s set at the iTunes festival 04.07.11:

The Requiem
Lying From You
Given Up
What I’ve Done
Empty Spaces
When They Come for Me
No More Sorrow
Jornada del Muerto
Waiting for the End
Burning in the Skies
The Radiance
Breaking the Habit
The Catalyst
One Step Closer

Rolling in the Deep (Adele cover)
Wisdom, Justice, and Love
New Divide
In the End
Bleed It Out

Linkin Park’s new tracks will ‘polarise’

Chester Bennington

Chester Bennington

Chester Bennington of Linkin Park thinks the album they’re recording will polarise, and he’s happy about it.

The platinum tantrum-rockers have been in the studio recording the follow-up to last year’s worldwide chart-topper A Thousand Suns.

Singer Chester Bennington spoke UK metal mag Kerrang! about the process over the last two months and he’s happy that they’re pushing the boundaries.

“The music is great and we’re well ahead of where we’re expecting to be,’ he revealed. ‘There aren’t a whole lot of noises going on, but there are a lot of good songs. It will probably get a very polarised reaction. Which pleases me. As an artist, I want a reaction.”

He says they’ve also learnt how to write “serious songs and serious lyrics.’

‘We’ve learned how to deal with politics, faith and other things,’ he warns. ‘Those are things that can get preachy really quickly, which we don’t want to do. So you need to learn to talk to people and not at people.”

The band are currently doing the European Summer festival circuit and look to have a touring gap from July 4 to September 6 to go back into the studio.

Linkin Park joke they are weirder than Lady Gaga

While ‘Hair’ hitmaker Gaga pushes the boundaries of fashion – having worn a dress made entirely out of meat and appearing onstage wearing a prosthetic pregnant stomach – Chester Bennington, lead singer with the ‘Numb’ rockers, said his backstage rituals put her to shame.

He joked: “Lady Gaga has got nothing on us. I need an entirely white room where no other human has been. I then bathe in the purest goat’s milk for three hours before going on stage.”

The band – which also includes guitarists Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson, drummer Rob Bourdon, bassist David Farrell and keyboard player Joe Hahn – are set to headline the Download festival in the UK this Sunday (12.06.11), and say they are honoured to be playing the huge rock event.

Chester added to the Daily Star newspaper: “Being American we never had many good rock festivals to go to as kids.

“Donington is a place we all dreamed of playing when we were growing up. Now we are headlining, it’s awesome.

“We tend to play big outdoor gigs so it won’t be too different.

“On this tour we decided to bring all the imagery and visuals of our album ‘A Thousand Suns’ on the road with us. There’s a strong narrative.”

Warner Music sold and valued at $3 billion

Len Blavatnik

Len Blavatnik

Warner Music Group Corp. has been valued at $3 billion after Russian billionaire Len Blavatnik paid $8.25 a share to acquire the company this week. The oil tycoon is now in charge of the world’s third biggest music empire after Universal and Sony. Warner Music is home to Disturbed, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Green Day, Josh Groban, Linkin Park and Fleetwood Mac. Warner’s new $3 billion makes it even more valuable than when it was sold last in 2004 for $2.6 billion, before the downturn in the music industry.

Blavatnik is betting on an upswing for the business based on digital deliver.

He may be right. Album sales in the USA for the first three months of 2011 were up 9% on the same period in 2010.

Americans spent $6.3 billion on music in 2010. That is down from the 2000 peak of $14.3 billion.

Warner Music has 3,700 employees, down from 5,100 in 2003 and the price Blavatnik paid will no doubt mean more cutbacks.

The 53-year old Russian paid $1.3 billion for the 56% share owned by Edgar Bronfman Jr, Thomas H. Lee and Bain Capital.

In a statement today, Bronfman said, ‘We believe this transaction is an exceptional value-maximizing opportunity that serves the best interests of stockholders as well as the best interests of music fans, our recording artists and songwriters, and the wonderful people of this company.”

The deal is expected to be finalized in September.

The new Warner Blavatnik lead Warner is already talking about a takeover of EMI later in the year.

Foo Fighters and Paul Simon to play iTunes Festival.

Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters who this week topped the iTunes album chart with Wasting Light said, ‘We are really excited to do the iTunes Festival in July and to perform at the legendary Roundhouse. And the fact that it’s going to be broadcast to so many people is really exciting, because making music is more about the audience than the band sometimes. I feel like the opportunities we have to reach out to more people through technology is a wonderful thing; to see the world get together and experience music, live’.

Paul Simon said, ”m excited about hitting the road with my band after a few years off the road. I am looking forward to performing at the iTunes Festival on July 1st, it should be great to play songs from the new record as well as some old ones at the Roundhouse’.

Download the official iTunes Festival App for the definitive guide to the iTunes Festival, a chance to win tickets and to watch a selection of streamed gigs live. Lucky winners will have their tickets delivered directly to their iPhone and iPod touch. The iTunes Festival app is now available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad at

iTunes Festival line up to date:
1 July: Paul Simon
4 July: Linkin Park
5 July: Beady Eye
6 July: The Wanted
7 July: ADELE
10 July: Glasvegas
11 July: Foo Fighters
12: July: The Script
13 July: White Lies
15 July: Jessie J
16 July: Duran Duran
18 July: Rumer
23 July: Mogwai
26 July: Magnetic Man
28 July: Chase and Status

Further artists to be announced. Each live performance will be recorded and sold exclusively on iTunes.

Linkin Park announce new single ‘Burning In The Skies’

Linkin Park announce new single 'Burning In The Skies'

Linkin Park announce new single 'Burning In The Skies'

Linkin Park will release their new single ‘Burning in the Skies’ on March 21st on Warner Bros. Records. The single is produced by Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda and is taken from their critically acclaimed/multi-selling album ‘A Thousands Suns’, which was released in the UK on September 13th giving the band their fourth top five album. Having closed 2010 with a sell-out UK arena tour and being crowned the biggest selling rock/alternative act (with over 50 million sales) by Billboard, Linkin Park have confirmed they will return to the UK in June to headline Europe’s biggest rock festival Download. The band will play a mixture of back catalogue tracks as well as a selection of new songs from their fourth studio album ‘A Thousand Suns.’ As well as headlining Download, Linkin Park have announced they will be headlining the 5th Annual iTunes Festival with a special intimate show at Camden’s Roundhouse on 4th July 2011.

Linkin Park give fans free bootlegs.

Linkin Park give fans free bootlegs.

Linkin Park give fans free bootlegs.

Linkin Park give fans free bootlegs. Linkin Park have worked out an innovative way to give their fans a digital encore. WENN reports that the ranty rockers will hook up with a group for ‘official’ bootlegs of their concerts so that fans can get a copy of the show they just saw. for free. There will reportedly be a short code displayed at their forthcoming shows, which fans can text to a numbers, and they will receive a link to a live recording of the concert after the show. Linkin Park’s bassist, Dave Farrell said to WENN, ‘The energy we get from our fans is what makes a great show. We wanted to show our appreciation by giving that experience back to them.’ The company that are handling the live recordings are called Basecamp Productions. Other bands that have worked with Basecamp include Pearl Jam, Jay Z, Bono, Kings of Leon, Chris Cornell, Tori Amos, Ben Harper, My Morning Jacket, Sonic Youth, Wolfmother and Disturbed.

Linkin Park to headline Download Festival.

Linkin Park to headline Download Festival.

Linkin Park to headline Download Festival.

Linkin Park to headline Download Festival. Hot on the heels of last week’s exciting announcement that System of a Down are to headline the Download Festival, organisers have today announced that multi million selling US rockers LINKIN PARK will also headline at the 2011 festival, which takes place 10-12 June. A limited amount of weekend with camping tickets for the Download Festival 2011, plus RIP packages, are on sale now from . This ‘early bird’ offer ends 5pm Monday 20 December, and includes 3 day and 5 day camping tickets. Organisers have also confirmed that prices will remain the same for Download 2011 as they were in 2010. Organisers have also confirmed that Grammy award winning musician / producer and director Rob Zombie will perform at next year’s Download ‘ an incredible 16 years since he last played the Donington Park site with his then band White Zombie. Since forming in 1996, Linkin Park have gone on to win two Grammy awards and sold over 50 million records worldwide, and they recently released their fourth studio album A Thousand Suns which went No. 1 in 10 countries as well as No. 2 in the UK. Known for unique collaborations with alternative and hip hop artists, Linkin Park’s headlining performance at this year’s Download will be a true highlight of the weekend. Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington said: “We are very excited to be playing Download again next year. It’s one of the best festivals in the world and it’s always an honour to play in front of such a great crowd. We can’t wait!” Rob Zombie founded the metal band White Zombie and has since carved a successful career as a horror producer and director, notably for movies House Of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. He released his new album Hellbilly Deluxe 2 earlier this year. Live Nation VP of Promotions Andy Copping commented, ‘t’s great to have LINKIN PARK back at Download next year. They’ve always put on a great show and following the success of their recent sold out UK tour, it was essential to have them at Download, where they will deliver their full-on live show.” Over 100,000 fans descended onto Download this year to celebrate 30 years of rock at Donington, making Download the second biggest festival in the UK after Glastonbury. It has the largest Facebook community for a UK festival coming top of the list with a huge 156,000 followers, overtaking the likes of V Festival (133,000), T in the Park (92,000), Glastonbury (90,000), Leeds (25,000) and Reading (21,000). Overall Download’s Facebook community is only second in the world to the I LOVE TECHNO event in Belgium.

Rihanna Debuts At #1 On First Ever Billboard Social 50 Chart.

Rihanna Debuts At #1 On First Ever Billboard Social 50 Chart.

Rihanna Debuts At #1 On First Ever Billboard Social 50 Chart.

Rihanna Debuts At #1 On First Ever Billboard Social 50 Chart. The increasing popularity of music on YouTube, Facebook, and other social network sites has spawned a brand new chart on Billboard debuting this week, the Social 50. Rihanna is the first artist to top the chart, followed closely by Justin Bieber.  
Joining charts like the Billboard Hot 100, which currently factors online streaming into its rankings, the Social 50 chart tallies artist popularity using weekly song plays, artist page views, additions fans and followers, and more on sites like Facebook, Twitter, iLike, YouTube, and MySpace. Billboard will use the social music tracking service Next Big Sound. Rihanna enters at #1 on the chart’s debut week, followed by Justin Bieber at #2 and Eminem at #3. Lady Gaga is at #4, while Nicki Minaj, who just released her debut album, rounds out the top 5. “The Social 50 provides a weekly snapshot of the artists that music fans engage with the most in the social arena, which in today’s world is a significant validation of their investment in an act,” says Billboard Chart Director, Silvio Pietroluongo. “We continue to adapt the way we chart the changing landscape of music,” says Billboard Editorial Director, Bill Werde. “The Social 50 is yet another step in the evolution of Billboard and an important response to our changing times.” “The volume of online activity that top artists now receive is too big to ignore,” says Next Big Sound CEO, Alex White. “We are thrilled that social music activity now receives the same emphasis as the music charts for which Billboard is synonymous.” Elsewhere on the chart, which is available in full on, are Michael Jackson at #12, the cast of “Glee” at #25, Girl Talk at #36, and Demi Lovato at #47.

Billboard Social 50 Top 10

For the Week Ending December 11th, 2011

1. Rihanna

2. Justin Bieber

3. Eminem

4. Lady Gaga

5. Nicki Minaj

6. The Black Eyed Peas

7. Katy Perry

8. Ke$ha

9. Linkin Park

10. Shakira

MTV EMA 2010 is sponsored by the new Suzuki Swift, Calvin Klein Jeans and Dell.

MTV EMA 2010

MTV EMA 2010

MTV EMA 2010 is sponsored by the new Suzuki Swift, Calvin Klein Jeans and Dell.  MTV Networks International has revealed the contents of the 2010 MTV EMA Goodie Bag, the ultimate in trend-setting luxury and indulgence. MTV EMA 2010 is sponsored by the new Suzuki Swift, Calvin Klein Jeans and Dell. Each of the performers and presenters at the 2010 MTV EMAs including host Eva Longoria will receive a fabulous MTV EMA goodie bag, with contents provided by the world’s top designers and brands. Among the sumptuous contents of this year’s EMA Goodie Bag are the very latest must-have items for the stylish star-about-town including:

•Dell Streak – the much-talked-about tablet hits the sweet spot between traditional smartphones and larger screen tablets with its built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity, high resolution 5MP camera and VGA front facing camera
•An ultra-chic belt and buckle courtesy of pan-European sponsor Suzuki
•Ultra skinny Calvin Klein Jeans X
•Rimowa suitcases
•M.A.C make-up boxes
•Hilfiger Loud fragrances
•Fashionable Colour Codes and New Gent Swatch watches
•The very latest FLIP Ultra III and Mino III HD cameras
•Rockband 3 for Xbox
•Paolita swimwear
•Dora the Explorer in World School Day Adventure written by Shakira
•MTV Pop And Rock World Records 2011
•SpongeBob SquarePants full-size skateboard
•Limited edition signed artwork by Max Wiedemann
•Sonos S5 Wireless Multi Room music system
•Footwear by Reebok
•Cashmere & silk scarves by Charlotte Sparre
•Vanity X Cell Booster Serum
•Diamond bracelet by Shamballa Jewels
•Mobile phone purses by Deamond
•StriVectin eye serum
•Ole Henriksen skincare products
•Glass Votives by Kosta Boda
•Von Rita hat
•Limited Edition Gemini III Microphone & sE2200a Microphone from SE Electronics
•Trashy Bags bags (range of sports bags, ladies handbags, record bags)
•Thalita Jones Jewellery: handmade necklaces made from Swarovski Crystal and gem stones
•Codello black and grey scarves
•Stella McCartney body lotion and bag
•Watches by Kyboe
•Onora silver jewellery by Mojca Sapla
•Morrocanoil hair products
•Drop Watches by Ritmo Mundo.

Performers and artists at the 2010 MTV EMAs will also be able to luxuriate in the backstage spa provided courtesy of Kiara Kare. Hosted by Eva Longoria, the MTV EMAs will broadcast live from Madrid on MTV platforms across the globe from Sunday, November 7th, 2010, 21:00 CET, and will feature performances by Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Kid Rock, Kings of Leon, Linkin Park, B.o.B & Hayley Williams, Plan B, Miley Cyrus, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Bon Jovi, Shakira and Rihanna.
MTV EMA 2010 will also stream live on and Facebook from 21:00 CET on Sunday 7 November 2010.

About the MTV EMAs

The EMAs, MTV Networks International’s global awards ceremony, celebrate the best in music, youth culture and entertainment. The annual event, now in its 17th year, broadcasts on MTV entertainment platforms around the world reaching more than 600 million households. The show is hosted in a different city each year, taking the culture and ethos of each destination to a world-wide audience. Renowned for attracting global A-list talent from across the music and entertainment spectrum, the MTV EMAs draws nominees, performers and presenters from every corner of the world, delivering groundbreaking and unforgettable performances – from the first ever holographic performance with Gorillaz in Lisbon in 2005, to Beyoncé’s infamous ‘Ring of Fire’ performance in Edinburgh in 2002 and Tokio Hotel’s ‘Wet Monsoon’ set in Munich in 2007.

EMA Voting Notes:

Winner of Best European Act, Best Push Act and Best World Stage Performance will be announced online at during the 2010 MTV EMAs on Sunday 7th November 2010

Show Credits:

The 2010 MTV EMAs is executive produced by Richard Godfrey and Jane Fraser. Co-executive producer is Bruce Gillmer with Debbie Philips as producer, Raffaele Sangiovanni as executive in charge of production, line producer Sil Mcllveen and director Paul Shyvers. The 2010 MTV EMAs is an MTV Italia S.r.l – 360°Playmaker Production for MTV NETWOKS EUROPE” © MTV NETWORKS EUROPE 2010 – All rights reserved.

About MTV Networks International:

MTV Networks International (MTVNI) includes the premier multimedia entertainment brands MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, MTVNHD, Tr3s: MTV, Musicá y Mas, TMF (The Music Factory), VIVA, Comedy Central and Game One. MTV Networks’ brands are seen globally in 645 million households in 161 territories and 34 languages via 165 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 500 digital media properties. The company’s diverse holdings also include interests in television syndication, digital media, publishing, home video, licensing & merchandising and feature films. MTV Networks International is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).

About Suzuki:

The Suzuki Motor Corporation with headquarters in Hamamatsu (Japan) is the leading international manufacturer of small automobiles and the 10th largest car manufacturer of the world. Founded in 1909, Suzuki today employs about 51,500 people around the world and has business activities in 196 countries and regions and production bases in 23 different countries and regions. In the fiscal year 2009/10 Suzuki posted 2.47 trillion Yen (18.8 billion Euro*) net sales and 79.4 billion Yen (605.03 million Euro*) operating income. Its global sales reached 2.35 million automobiles and 3.02 million motorcycles and ATV. With its three lines of business – automobiles, motorcycles and outboard motors – Suzuki embodies a unique “Way of Life!” that stands for the brand values “excitement”, “straightforward”, “value”, “sporty” and “spirit”. (* Exchange rate: 131.18 Yen/Euro)

About Calvin Klein, Inc:

Calvin Klein, Inc. is one of the leading fashion design and marketing studios in the world. It designs and markets women’s and men’s designer collection apparel and a range of other products that are manufactured and marketed through an extensive network of licensing agreements and other arrangements worldwide. Brands/lifestyles include Calvin Klein Collection, ck Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans, and Calvin Klein Underwear. Product lines under the various Calvin Klein brands include apparel, accessories, shoes, sleepwear, hosiery, socks, swimwear, belts, eyewear, watches, jewelry, coats, suits, fragrances, and cosmetics, as well as products for the home. For more information, visit

About Dell:

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers worldwide innovative technology, business solutions and services they trust and value. For more information, visit

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