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LINKIN PARK - New Album Won't Be Hampered By FORT MINOR Tour

Launch Radio Networks reports: LINKIN PARK's Mike Shinoda is about to hit the road with his rap side project, FORT MINOR, but his main band's next album won't suffer as a result. Shinoda told Launch that LINKIN PARK is in the thick of preparing its third studio album and plans to keep working on it during the FORT MINOR tour. 'We're kind of in the middle of writing it, and it's going really well," he said. "I would say that we're planning to get it out this year. So while I'm out with FORT MINOR I'll be recording, well I should say writing, new LINKIN PARK stuff and swapping it back and forth with the guys. I think the guys have some plans for some of them to fly out her or there, spend a couple of day with me out on the road and we'll write some new stuff."

The new album will be LINKIN PARK's first studio set since 2003's "Meteora", which sold more than 10 million copies.

Shinoda and LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington are judges for the New Pantheon Award, which will be given to the best album released in 2005 with sales of less than 500,000 copies.

The FORT MINOR tour kicks off Saturday (January 28) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The group has dates scheduled through February in North America, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand.

Source: Blabbermouth

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