Linkin Park albums make Billboard top 10 following lead singer’s suicide

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Two Linkin Park albums have reached Billboard’s top 10 this week, drawing renewed interest after 41-year-old front man Chester Bennington’s suicide on July 20.

According to this weeks’ edition of Billboard 200, Linkin Park’s “One More Light,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 after its May release, is sitting a the No. 4 spot on the chart. It has a total of 50,000 equivalent album units, a 122-percent increase on the chart.

The band’s 2000 debut album, “Hybrid Theory,” has also found its way back to the top of the charts. It sits at the No. 8 spot, with 41,000 album units, surging up the chart by 177-percent.

Bennington’s death, caused by suicide, has rocked the music world. His band mates acknowledged his “demons” in an open letter they wrote, noting that side of the deceased singer was always “part of the deal.”

After Bennington was found hanging at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County, the other members of the band said “shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family.” They said the singer “touched so many lives, maybe even more than [he] realized.”

On Twitter, fans posted tributes to Bennington and likewise expressed their grief.

Even Coldplay’s Chris Martin played a tribute to Bennington during a show in NYC.

This week’s edition of the Billboard 200 measures the first full week of tracking following Bennington’s death. Combined sales of Linkin Park’s albums and songs have increased by 5,332 percent.


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