Earlier this week we heard the news that four of Linkin Park’s albums had jumped back into the top 200 as fans reconnected with them following the death by suicide of frontman Chester Bennington, and now their latest effort One More Light has made it all the way up to the #4 spot.
The album had previously hit the #1 spot upon its release in June, but it seems that some fans hadn’t paid it a huge amount of attention last month, and Chester was even forced to defend the band against accusations of ‘selling out’.
“We were asked, ‘What do you think of people who say you sold out?’” he told Music Week. “I don’t care. If you like the music, fantastic. If you don’t like it, that’s your opinion too. Fantastic.
“If you’re saying we’re doing what we’re doing for a commercial or monetary reason, trying to make success out of some formula… then stab yourself in the face!”
The record of course made it number one regardless of the criticism, and now sits alongside former #1 records Meteora and Minutes to Midnight on the charts, along with Hybrid Theory, which originally peaked at #2 back in ’00.
Regardless, it’s sad to think that the negative reaction to the new record may have played a part in Benson’s mental state, and bittersweet to see the album only now finding its way to new ears.
Watch the newly-released video for ‘Talking To Myself’ below.
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