Linkin Park knew they were taking a leap with A Thousand Suns,, an album that sees them forgoing their hard-rocking heyday to explore deeper, decidedly weirder sonic territories. So they were pretty happy on Wednesday (September 22), when news broke that the album would enter the Billboard 200 at #1 and become their third straight full-length to debut at the top of the charts.
Suns didn't just rise in the U.S.; it also bowed at #1 in Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, New Zealand and Switzerland (and Japan and Korea and Singapore). It was proof that sometimes, taking risks can be rewarded. Because of that — and the faith their fan base showed along the way — Linkin Park were most definitely happy. Humbled, even.
"This album was a step into the creative unknown," LP's Mike Shinoda told MTV News in a statement late Wednesday night. "And we are deeply grateful for our fans' worldwide support."
Next up for the band is a world tour in support of A Thousand Suns. It kicks off on October 7 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and will jump from South America to Europe, the UK, Israel and Australia.
There are still no U.S. dates set — they played their first stateside gig in nearly two years, a hit-packed set in New York, on Suns' September 14 release date — but we suspect that will change pretty soon. After all, they're #1 here, too.