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Minutes To Midnight (Machine Shop Recordings/Warner Bros. Records) is the third studio release from Linkin Park (Hybrid Theory, 2000; Meteora, 2003), set for release internationally on May 14, with the North American release one day later on May 15. The album, co-produced by the legendary Rick Rubin and band frontman Mike Shinoda, took 14 months to write and record. This intensive process resulted in the recording of over one hundred rough ideas for songs. The album's first single, "What I've Done," debuted at #1 at Alternative and #3 on Active charts.
The album title is a reference to the Doomsday Clock, a clock created in 1947 by scientists from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the University of Chicago. Its purpose is to portray how close (in imaginary "minutes") the world is to nuclear destruction ("midnight"). The clock's hand was originally set to seven Minutes To Midnight (11:53) at the start of the Cold War in 1947, and has been pushed forward or reversed several times since then. It now stands at five Minutes To Midnight (11:55). History lessons aside, Mike Shinoda has commented about the title, saying, "Don't take that at face value. There are layers of meaning; most metaphoric... It's a reference to the Doomsday Clock, the Apocalypse, a metaphor for death and rebirth, but it could also be applied to the music industry, sort of tongue-in-cheek."


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