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'Meteora' Shower

HarperIn what is one of the most highly anticipated sophomore albums in recent rock history, Linkin Park this week offers up the Warner Bros. set "Meteora." First single "Somewhere I Belong" is No. 2 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks tally. Vocalist Mike Shinoda says the set is rife with a "very interesting" use of samples and "more mature" drumming with "some really technical stuff that doesn't sound technical." One song, "Breaking the Habit," even includes live contributions from a 10-piece string orchestra.

"When we started the band, it was because we were waiting for a sound that never happened," Shinoda continues. "We got tired of waiting, and we decided to just do it ourselves. The same thing is happening now -- we wanted to hear certain things, and we knew we could do it ourselves, so we got into the studio and worked really hard to make them happen."

"Meteora" was produced by Don Gilmore, who manned the console for the group's 2000 breakthrough, "[Hybrid Theory]." That album peaked at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 7.7 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Linkin Park will support the new set on the Summer Sanitarium tour, which also features Metallica and Limp Bizkit and will bow July 4 in Detroit.