Deadlines have come and gone, but Linkin Park still has a wealth of material to sift through for its next album. "When songs are pouring out you don't ever want to stop that. We already have over 100

Deadlines have come and gone, but Linkin Park still has a wealth of material to sift through for its next album. As previously reported, the as-yet-untitled Warner Bros. set was originally expected before the end of the year but has been pushed into 2007.

"When songs are pouring out you don't ever want to stop that. We already have over 100 roughs for songs," group member Mike Shinoda tells Billboard.com. "We've narrowed it down since but we're not ready to commit to those yet. I can't really speak much about the style of the record but it's probably the most fun I've had recording a Linkin Park album."

Shinoda has high praise for producer Rick Rubin, whom he calls "a legend. He's an amazing producer because he knows a little bit about every style of music. He can make any sound you want to make so I'm learning."

While Linkin Park has been encamped in the studio, Shinoda has also found time to release an album and tour with his hip-hop side project, Fort Minor. That group's single, "Where'd You Go," won ringtone of the year at last week's Video Music Awards. The song served as last year's NBA on TNT theme song and is also under consideration for this year's season.

"When I wrote the song, we wrote the chorus about luck and skill and the things it takes to be a musician," explains Shinoda. "All of a sudden it got put in the context of sports and we realized it was perfect. Everybody from the NBA to NFL to action sports has been using it."