Linkin Park return to the album charts with greatest hits

Toppling multiple charts this week, LINKIN PARK’s first-ever career-spanning greatest hits album, Papercuts (Singles Collection 2000-2023), bows at #1 on both the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums Chart and the Top Vinyl Albums Chart in addition to debuting at #2 on the Top Album Sales Chart and in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 at #6. The album also debuted at #4 on the Official UK Albums Chart. 

Moving over 44K in total album consumption, it marks the band’s 8th #1 on the Top Hard Rock Albums Chart as well as their 11th Top 10 entry on the Billboard 200. The album is also a massive hit around the world, landing in the Top 10 of charts in Japan, Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, & Canada, just to name a few. 

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Additionally, they just unveiled “QWERTY (Live in Tokyo, 2006).” Listen/watch video HERE

Back in 2006, the band took a break from recording their pivotal third album Minutes To Midnight and descended upon Japan for an unforgettable headline tour. During this jaunt, they played the bracingly heavy fan favorite “QWERTY” for the first time in concert. This particular recording stands out as its third-ever performance. Teeming with aggression and energy, it captures LINKIN PARK firing on all cylinders at their most incendiary, impenetrable, and impressive on stage.

Speaking to the excitement aroundPapercuts, the never-before-released track “Friendly Fire” just soared to #1 on the Rock Radio Chart following its #1 peak at the Alternative Radio Chart—the band’s 13th number one at the format“Friendly Fire”has gathered over 20 million streams and counting as well as 7 million YouTube views on the music video. 

LINKIN PARK’s Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson also sat down with Revolver for an in-depth cover story. The outlet praised how, “With the release of Papercuts (Singles Collection: 2000-2023), the band’s first proper greatest-hits collection, a fuller picture of Linkin Park‘s sonic evolution becomes crystal clear, going on to hail “QWERTY” as “an all-out war of chromatic, moto-metal bombast and mean-rapped braggadocio unlike anything in the Linkin Park archive.”

Linkin Park were inspired to thoughtfully curate Papercuts by their fans’ passionate reception of the 20th Anniversary Editions of Hybrid Theory in 2020 and Meteoralast year, with both albums topping Billboard’s Top Hard Rock Albums Chart, Top Rock Albums Chart, Top Catalog Albums Chart, and Top Vinyl Albums Chart, and earning Top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200. That enthusiasm led to this comprehensive retrospective of the band’s journey so far in the span of one epic album, Papercuts, out now. 


LINKIN PARK emerged as an innovative musical force and one of the best-selling artists of the last twenty years. Their RIAA Diamond-certified full-length debut, Hybrid Theory, stands out as the “best selling debut of the 21st century,” while landmark sophomore album Meteora bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 before going 8X-Platinum in the U.S. The band’s worldwide sales across the entire catalog eclipses 100 million, and among numerous accolades and honors, they have garnered 2 GRAMMY® Awards, 5 American Music Awards, 4 MTV VMA Awards, 10 MTV Europe Music Awards and 3 World Music Awards. Selling out stadiums worldwide, they’ve headlined global music festivals such as Download and Reading & Leeds in the UK, Rock in Rio in Portugal, Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park in Germany, and Summer Sonic in Japan. They also remain the first and only Western rock band to play a five-stadium tour in China. 2017’s Gold-certified One More Lightmarked their fifth #1 debut on the Billboard 200. In 2020, the band celebrated their groundbreaking debut album, Hybrid Theoryby releasing a comprehensive 20th anniversary edition super deluxe box set which features their RIAA Diamond-certified single “In The End.”.In 2023, the band released Meteora 20th Anniversary Editionwhich topped the charts and featured the newly-uncovered song “Lost.” The emotionally charged single was originally recorded during sessions for their second studio album Meteora (2003), and soon after its February 10, 2023 release, “Lost” hit #1 at both Alternative and Rock radio.


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Danny Peart
Danny Peart
Editor / Live Music Photographer / Journalist at Soundcheck-Live

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