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Linkin Park Partners with Microsoft: New Single Exclusive to Xbox Music Starting Today

September 17, 2013 No Comments

Microsoft and Linkin Park has partnered up to bring their new single entitled “A LIGHT THAT NEVER COMES” exclusively to Xbox Music for 14 days. The song is available to stream right now on Xbox Music for free via Windows 8, Windows Phone, Xbox 360 or the the web.

Mike Shinoda, Linkin Park
The catalyst for this relationship was gaming.  Years ago, our band had legendary Xbox tournaments on our tour bus playing “Halo”—competitions which often included fans and other bands.  As our career has progressed, we have always been attached to gaming, and eventually got opportunities to participate in the space.  We’ve enjoyed partnerships with “Medal Of Honor” and EA over the years, and even released games on our own (this month, we’ve released a new free-to-play Facebook game entitled RECHARGE.)

Gaming and Xbox, however, were just the introduction; it wasn’t the thing that got me interested in Windows.  Recently, my band mates and I had the opportunity to release a fantastic piece of music-making software that we co-developed for Windows called Stagelight, which takes full advantage of touchscreens on Windows 8 devices.

I mention these things not to shamelessly promote them (although that’s a beneficial side effect!), but really to establish the perspective from which the band sees the next stage in our career.  In working on Stagelight, I was introduced to Microsoft in a way that was surprising and intriguing.  With new Windows devices that come with touchscreens, I saw a potential for the future of music writing, recording, and mixing–I envisioned these computers as the hub of the studio environment, augmenting or replacing the classic mixing consoles that currently eat up the studio space.  As we met various people at Microsoft, I was inspired by the passion and creativity behind their innovations.

A reoccurring theme in Linkin Park’s music is the relationship between technology and humanity.  Besides being the nucleus of the method in which we write (our writing, recording, and mixing processes are software-based), this theme has surfaced in lyrics of our songs and sometimes the video experiences that follow.


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