Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda: 'We Lost Fans Along The Way Intentionally'

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In a span of less than three years, Linkin Park stood atop the music world. Two hit albums — 2000's "Hybrid Theory" and 2003's "Meteora" — have sold a combined 33,000,000 copies, and (maybe against their will) the band became the face of that era's rap-rock explosion.

The genre has faded from popularity since, but the band has stayed relevant, mostly by straying from said genre. Their next three albums — 2007's "Minutes to Midnight," 2010's "A Thousand Suns" and 2012's "Living Things" — each topped the Billboard charts. Their latest album, "The Hunting Party," came out in June and reached No. 3 on the charts.

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda stopped by HuffPost Live on Wednesday to chat about the band's staying power, and his wife's new book, "Learning Not to Drown." Shinoda said that as the band has diversified itself, it willingly lost fans along the way.

"We're still growing. We're not stagnant at all. We're not going to make the same album every time, so don't even expect it. We lost fans along the way intentionally," he told host Ricky Camilleri. "We intentionally let them go. We said, 'If that's all you guys want to listen to, we made two albums for you. You've got those two albums and you can always listen to those. If you decide to come along for the ride, though, the good news is that there's going to be a lot of fun surprises."

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