A few months ahead of its 20th anniversary, Linkin Park's music video for "In the End" has surpassed one billion views on YouTube, becoming one of the few rock or metal videos to hit the coveted mark.
A few months ahead of its 20th anniversary, Linkin Park’s music video for “In the End” has surpassed one billion views on YouTube, becoming one of the few rock or metal videos to hit the coveted mark.
Linkin Park previously tasted the ‘one billion views’ success on YouTube when their “Numb” sailed past the magic figure in late 2018.
“In the End” was released in October 2000, a month after “One Step Closer,” the lead single from Hybrid Theory, made its debut.
The track was uploaded on YouTube on October 26, 2009.
The song was released on the same day the Hybrid Theory album came out. The album sold 50,000 copies in its first week, riding on “One Step Closer,” but sales picked up momentum after “In The End” hit the stands. The album sold about 4.8 million copies in 2001, turning out to be the most successful album of the year.
As of July 3, the album logged sales of over 27 million copies worldwide, becoming the best-selling debut album of the 21st century.
Late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington once told VMusic, “I was never a fan of ‘In The End’ and I didn’t even want it to be on the record, honestly. How wrong could I have possibly been? I basically decided at that point I don’t know what the f**k I’m talking about, so I leave that to other people who are actually talented at somehow picking songs that people are going to like the most.”
“Now I love ‘In The End’ and I think it’s such a great song,” he added. “I actually see how good of a song it is, it was just hard for me to see it at the time.”
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