Linkin Park Debut At Top Of US Charts

Linkin Park have scored their fifth US #1 as their new album, "Living Things", debuts atop the Billboard 200 album chart.

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Linkin Park have scored their fifth US #1 as their new album, "Living Things", debuts atop the Billboard 200 album chart.

The band sold 223,000 copies of the new set, narrowly beating Maroon 5's "Overexposed" by just over 1,000 sales, according to Billboard.

The two bands had a similarly close finish in the UK, where Linkin Park outsold Maroon 5 by 3,000 copies to earn its fourth UK #1 album.

"Living Things" could mark the fifth chart-topper for Linkin Park, who also hit the No. 1 slot with 2003's "Meteora", 2004's "MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents: Collision Course" (with Jay-Z), 2007's "Minutes To Midnight" and 2010's "A Thousand Suns".

Of the act's four previous studio efforts, the only one to miss the No. 1 slot was its debut, 2000's "Hybrid Theory", which peaked at No. 2.

Linkin Park's last studio set, "A Thousand Suns", bowed atop the list with 241,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Linkin Park kick off a North American tour on August 11 in Bristow, VA.

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    As much as the album isn't all that great, at least it's out selling Maroon 5, so that's something I guess.
    ILL BE GONE is such a great song on that album. Currently letting the rest grow on me I guess but check out that song.
    This album is awesome!! Yeah, it has more electronics than actual instruments but it works for them. It's really grown on me this past week I've had it in my car. They have a lot of cool messages like M2M and ATS had, but without the incessant interludes of ATS. Good for them, they deserve it. Living Things is a great album!! Sidenote: To anyone complaining that they didn't go "old-school" like they said they would, they did. They didn't use downtuned head bobbing riffs, but with Chester and Mike trading off passages like their earlier works, it's impossible to deny that it's not for the better.
    Considering Linkin Park did more advertising than Maroon 5, it worst worth paying for it all just to out beat Maroon 5 by a couple thousand albums.
    I know that it is not the same as the old Linkin Park (which is fine) but when I heard this album I almost got a tear in my eye because this album reminds me of the old attitude that you heard in their songs. Good album.
    Good on them for getting the top spot, but it's kind of a shame that they're still getting it with each album selling less than the last. I remember an article when ATS came out detailing the decline in sales, and this one's even lower.
    Comeback Kiddd wrote: Good for them. Until it breaks has a really sick beat and cool verses.
    That song is great indeed, it never exactly repeats any section.
    Lol ironic that THEIR BEST album never hit no.1 . They just churning out shit these days...and people are actually buying it wow.I was a HUGE LP fan boy in their Hybrid Theory/Meteora days,...they're just a disgrace now!