According to The Pulse Of Radio, LINKIN PARK has received more platinum and multi-platinum sales certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in the wake of singer Chester Bennington‘s suicide last month. But while eleven of the group’s singles all went multi-platinum a couple of weeks ago, this time six of the band’s albums have all reached various sales plateaus.
* “Minutes To Midnight” was certified four times platinum. It was previously certified double platinum on November 15, 2007.
* “A Thousand Suns” was certified platinum, having previously gone gold on January 11, 2011.
* “Hybrid Theory” has been certified eleven times platinum, having previously received a diamond award (ten times platinum) on January 7, 2005.
* “Living Things” has been certified platinum, having previously been certified gold on April 3, 2013.
* “Meteora” was certified seven times platinum, afer having been certified four times platinum on February 26, 2004.
* LINKIN PARK‘s collaboration album with Jay-Z, “Collision Course”, was certified double platinum, having last been certified platinum on July 19, 2005.
Co-frontman Mike Shinoda told The Pulse Of Radio in a 2012 interview why he thought the band has so much staying power while many of their contemporaries faded. “When we look back at it, we’ve really gotten to a point where we can say, you know, that’s fine that things were influential,” he said. “We were inspired by somebody else, somebody else was inspired by us. But we owned our thing. And to be able to look at that and say, whatever else happened, that’s fine, but when we comes to our sound, we made our sound, we own our sound and we’re gonna be comfortable with that — who we are.”
Bennington was found dead in his Los Angeles-area home on July 20th. The singer committed suicide by hanging himself.
The singer was buried on July 29 in a private ceremony in Southern California. LINKIN PARK canceled all plans for the immediate future, including a North American tour.