We’ve shown you what Raz and Hugh’s albums of the year are, but they’re not the only ones responsible for the Thrash Hits Top 20 Albums of 2011. Oh no. We’ve got a whole load of contributors – writers, photographers, and miscellaneous behind-the-scenes types – that help keep Thrash Hits running smoothly, and the albums they loved the most from 2011 matter just as much as those favoured by the boss men.
Did you know that Linkin Park have sold more records than any other band in the 21st century? It’s true! They are the biggest band around and they’re headlining Sonisphere with Metallica at Knebworth on 01 & 02 August 2008. It’s going to be amazing.
To help you sing along to every word, we’re giving away their entire back catalogue to one lucky Linkin Park fan. We already know all the words. We should do LP karaoke.
Nickelback definitely want to be rockstars and Live Nation are going to let them – to the tune of $70 million (roughly £35 million).
Sadly, the mega-selling Canadians still have to release two albums on their current label, Roadrunner Records so they won’t be joining their new home until 2010. Other artists on Live Nation include Madonna, Jay-Z and U2. Nickelback really are that big.
The new deal is not just limited to releasing three albums but also includes tour profits, merchandise sales, broadcast rights and fan club membership fees. Live Nation clearly want a slice of every pie around.
Watch the video to ‘Rockstar’ by Nickelback
It’s not that Nickelback were doing badly. ‘Rockstar’ has been in the UK Singles Chart for nine months now and has been named the second biggest-selling single of 2008 (after Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’, which was covered by both Biffy Clyro and Plain White T’s). And they’re going on a massive arena tour this autumn.
With all that cash in their pockets, they’ll definitely be able to afford that bathroom they want to play baseball in, with that king size tub that can fit ten people in. That tub will be useful for the baseball team after the game. It all makes sense.
Alternatively, Chad Kroeger might want to spend his share of the money on a chauffeur after being convicted of drink-driving earlier this year. Whoops. I’m sure he’s not that bothered right now.
The fifth Projekt Revolution tour saw Jay-Z joining Linkin Park live onstage for one night only. Danny Montana was in Milton Keynes to witness some stadium-sized extravagance.
Linkin Park are the biggest-selling band of this century. That is a fact. No other artist has sold more records than the Californian nu-metal band. This is why, just like other superstars like Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth and Slayer, they’re able to host their own global tour.
New Pennsylvanian electronic rock act InnerPartySystem impressed early on while dour New York alt.rockers The Bravery are barely worth mentioning. St Albans hardcore/trance fusion experts Enter Shikari however, were the first act to really let rip and whip the crowd up properly.
Watch the video to ‘Sorry You’re Not A Winner’ by Enter Shikari
Pioneering funksters N*E*R*D were as droll and sexy as ever with their socially-charged lyrics and experimental tunes while plugged-in Aussie drum ‘n’ bass mainstreamers Pendulum ploughed out all the hits from their recent breakthrough album, In Silico.
The day after being the first hip hop artist to headline Glastonbury Festival, Jay-Z wowed the crowds with a stellar solo set which sampled AC/DC and The Prodigy amongst others.
With the massive screen behind him used to maximum effect, Shawn Corey Carter proved once again that he can do it all on his own. Jay-Z doesn’t need anyone’s help.
Watch the video to ‘One Step Closer’ by Linkin Park
It’s time for Linkin Park take to the throne. Projekt Revolution is their baby. As early as 2002 they felt they were established enough to form a money-spinning, high profile arena tour across the US. In 2008, they had enough worldwide status to bring the tour to Europe. This baby’s not just eating solids now – it’s devouring them.
Jumping straight in with ‘One Step Closer’ was a bold move but they knew that they had more than enough material to fill their 90-minute headline slot, and they did.
Chester Bennington was on firey form while Mike Shinoda did his best to continue the hip hop-based shenanigans. However, he did look far more comfortable when reciting more familiar lyrics or when sitting behind his piano.
Watch the video to ‘Numb/Encore’ by Linkin Park and Jay-Z
The appearance of Jay-Z during ‘Numb/Encore’ and ‘Jigga What/Faint’ was a wonderful showcase of how their Collision Course project works outside of the studio and gave a real sense of occasion to a fast-emptying MK Bowl.
It’s a safe bet that after the success of an expanded Projekt Revolution, we’re going to see them again.
Linkin Park @ Milton Keynes National Bowl setlist
‘One Step Closer’
‘Lying From You’
‘Somewhere I Belong’
‘No More Sorrow’
‘Points Of Authority’
‘From The Inside’
‘Leave Out All The Rest’
‘The Little Things Give You Away’
‘Breaking The Habit’
‘Shadow of The Day’
‘In The End’
‘Pushing Me Away’
‘What I’ve Done’
‘Numb/Encore’ (w/ Jay-Z)
‘Jigga What/Faint’ (w/ Jay-Z)
‘Bleed It Out’