Linkin Park’s New ‘Lost’ Song Off to Strong Start, Lifts ‘Meteora’ Tracks
The new old song, to be found on the band's upcoming 20th anniversary 'Meteora' reissue, could become their first Hot 100 hit in six years.
Linkin Park‘s anniversary plans for their 2003 album Meteora this spring are already off to a soaring start. A reissue of the soon-to-be-20-year-old album was recently announced for this April, along with exciting news of a previously unreleased song from the era (featuring original vocals from the band’s late frontman Chester Bennington) being discovered for the set: the appropriately haunting “Lost.”
Released on Friday (Feb. 10), “Lost” has enjoyed the kind of explosive first week the band used to regularly post with new singles during their commercial prime. The song started with nearly 2 million official on-demand U.S. streams its debut day, and earned 7.1 million total plays through Tuesday (Feb. 14), according to Luminate — while also putting up robust sales numbers, moving nearly 11,000 copies over that timespan. It even has started to make radio impact, with 7.1 million in all-format radio audience from Feb. 10-13.
The extra attention around “Lost” and the Meteora reissue (scheduled for Apr. 7 via Warner) has also led to a bump in the songs from that original RIAA seven-times-platinum-certified 2003 blockbuster. The album, which features such Linkin Park staples as “Numb,” “Faint,” “Somewhere I Belong” and “Breaking the Habit,” jumped from just over 1.7 million combined official on-demand U.S. streams the day before “Lost” to nearly 2.3 million on the day of its release, a gain of 32%.
“Lost” should make a significant impact on the Billboard charts next week (dated Feb. 25), including a likely debut on the Billboard Hot 100 — which would be the band’s first since they reached No. 45 with the Kiiara-featuring “Heavy” in Aug. 2017, following Bennington’s tragic death at the age of 41 that July. (If it made the chart’s top 40, that would be their first visit to the region since “Burn It Down” reached No. 30 in May 2012.)