"A Thousand Suns"
A thousand suns cover
Song by Linkin Park
Released September 8, 2010
Format Compact Disc
Recorded November 2008–August 2010
Genre Electronic rock, alternative rock, industrial rock, experimental rock, rap rock
Length 47:48
Label Warner Bros., Machine Shop.
Writer Linkin Park
Producer Rick Rubin, Mike Shinoda

A Thousand Suns is the fourth studio album by Linkin Park. It was released on September 13 and 14, 2010, in the UK and US and September 10th in Australia, respectively, through Warner Bros Records. The album was co-produced by Rick Rubin and Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda, who previously worked together to produce Minutes To Midnight (2007). The lead single for the album, "The Catalyst", was released on August 2, 2010.


Early in June, Linkin Park vocalist posted what appeared to a be an animated image of static on the official Linkin Park site. As time went on, the image soon appeared to quickly read 'MOREMESSAGESCOMINGSOON'. Following this post two weeks later, another message appeared online, this time featuring a block of Binary numbers, which when converted and translated to English, read a near direct quote by J. Robert Oppenheimer. Fans were asked to search hard for an understanding to the quote which appeared to be incomplete. J. Robert Oppenheimer was soon to be discovered as the leader of the Trinity Project, a project which experimented with the first atomic bomb and that his quote was missing three words, 'A' 'THOUSAND' 'SUNS'. Another message that followed appeared to be new lyrics from an unknown new song. However, there were missing letters throughout the lyrics. When retrieving the missing letters and putting them together, they made the word, 'THE CATALYST'. Later in the month, another image came online, this time as a letter Mike Shinoda had personally written himself to Linkin Park fans. The message discussed the band's excitement about releasing the album and dedication to not spoiling anything. Fans later discovered that a watermarked text appeared in the image when the colours were altered with a standard editing program. The watermark appeared to read 'THE CATALYST /// AUGUST 2ND' which was then confirmed as the first single. One more picture eventually made it's way online, only this time, it was a group of jumbled up images that if placed together, made the recently updated Linkin Park symbol. There also appeared to be a green watermark in the image when placed together correctly. The watermark read 'A THOUSAND SUNS /// SEPTEMBER' which officially confirmed the title and month of release for the upcoming album. Not long after, Mike officially announced and confirmed all the information without the use of a riddle or a puzzle.

Track listingEdit

  1. The Requiem
  2. The Radiance
  3. Burning in the Skies
  4. Empty Spaces
  5. When They Come for Me
  6. Robot Boy
  7. Jornada Del Muerto
  8. Waiting for the End
  9. Blackout
  10. Wretches and Kings
  11. Wisdom, Justice, and Love
  12. Iridescent
  13. Fallout
  14. The Catalyst
  15. The Messenger
  16. Blackbirds - Non-Album Track, From 8-Bit Rebellion App (iTunes Deluxe version)
  17. New Divide (Live) - Exclusive Japanese Bonus Track

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