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20 Years of "Hybrid Theory": How Linkin Park's Hard Work Paid Off

Great chemistry, a comprehensive knowledge of music, and a stroke of luck all made one of history's best-selling debuts possible.

On this day 20 years ago, Linkin Park released their debut album, Hybrid Theory.

The SoCal rock band—then comprised of rapper Mike Shinoda, guitarist/bassist Brad Delson, DJ Joe Hahn, drummer Rob Bourdon, and singer Chester Bennington—were swiftly swept into the nu-metal category, although even that vague label proved to be a bit limiting. Although the meteoric success of Hybrid Theory brought attention to similar artists like Papa Roach and Staind, Linkin Park have maintained a singular legacy among their peers, with their debut remaining their best piece of work.

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Chet "JR" White, the former bassist and producer of the indie pop band Girls, died Sunday at 40 years old.

"I hope you feel nothing but peace now my brother," White's Girls bandmate, Christopher Owens, wrote in a tweet last night. "I love you, and thank you for believing in me, and for what you brought to the table. Always and Forever, and I'll always be proud of you."

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If you're anything like us, you're probably overwhelmed by the sheer number of albums being released on a weekly basis.

Popdust's weekly column, Indie Roundup, finds the five best albums coming out each week so that you don't have to. Every Friday, we'll tell you what's worth listening to that might not already be on your radar.

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