Linkin Park record sales soar in the wake of Chester Bennington's death

Linkin Park record sales soar in the wake of Chester Bennington's death

Linkin Park's record sales have soared following the tragic death of frontman Chester Bennington.

The Warner Bros-signed band's debut studio LP Hybrid Theory has rocketed from No.154 to a new peak of No.3 in the midweek albums chart on sales of 8,582. Released in 2000, it is certified 5x platinum in the UK, having sold 1,591,531 units to date, according to the Official Charts Company, but previously peaked at No.4. 

Their most recent album One More Light, which charted at No.4 on its release in May, has catapulted No.189 to No.5 after selling 5,901 copies; 2003's Meteora is a new entry at No.7 and 2007's Minutes To Midnight is straight in at No.12.

There are also chart appearances for A Thousand Suns (No.37); Living Things (No.40); Reanimation (No.69); The Hunting Party (No.77), Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes (No.106) and Recharged (118). Collision Course, the band's 2004 collaboration with Jay Z, is at No.30.

It is a similar story in the single charts where In The End, a No.8 hit back in the early 2000s, leaps to No.9 with 10,500 sales. Also returning to the Top 40 are Numb (No.13) and What I've Done (No.32), while Numb/Encore with Jay Z is at No.29.

Earlier today, Bennington's bandmates released their first official statement since the singer's death. "Our hearts are broken. The shock waves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened," it read."You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realised.

"In the past few days, we've seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. 

"[Bennington's wife] Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you."

The statement concluded: "Our love for making and performing music is unextinguishable. While we don't know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much."

Scores of music industry figures have paid tribute to Bennington since his death last Thursday. 

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