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07 June 2023

Linkin Park’s ‘Numb’ Surpasses Two Billion Views On YouTube

Linkin Park Numb Video Two Billion Views
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Linkin Park’s official music video for Numb has surpassed two billion views on YouTube. The clip, which was uploaded to YouTube in March of 2007, was directed by band DJ Joe Hahn and was shot on location at Prague’s Charles Bridge, with interior shots at Gymnázium Jana Keplera.

Numb is taken from Linkin Park’s second album Meteora. It was the 13th and final song on the LP and was released as the third single from the record. It topped the Alternative chart for 12 weeks and the Rock chart for three. The video, directed by band DJ Joe Hahn, is the oldest uploaded clip on YouTube to cross the one-billion mark. You can watch it below.

The song was later remixed as Numb/Encore, a collaboration between the band and rapper Jay-Z. Featured on the album Collision Course, it was a massive hit for both artists and earned them the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

Earlier This year, Meteora celebrated its 20th anniversary with a 7 April reissue in multiple formats: Limited Edition Super Deluxe Box Set, 4 LP Deluxe Vinyl Box Set, 3-disc Deluxe CD and digital: all containing a wealth of previously unreleased or rare tracks.

Meteora was first released in March 2023 and included the global hit singles Somewhere I Belong, Faint, Numb, Breaking The Habit and From The Inside. The album has sold over 8 million copies in the US and has been certified multi-platinum, platinum or gold in 15 different territories.

In an Apple Music 1 interview this year, guitarist Mike Shinoda also discussed why the band decided to give Meteora the deluxe treatment for its 20th anniversary.

“Part of the reason that this 20th-anniversary thing came together…from my perspective, when the question was asked, like should we do a 20th-anniversary package for the second album, I was like, ‘I don’t know,’ like, ‘I don’t want to feel like I’m milking this thing.’ The album was the album, and everybody knows the story,” Shinoda said. “But we started to uncover the stuff that hadn’t been released.”

Buy the 20th anniversary edition of Meteora.


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