Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda releases new single

“Crossing a Line” is a pop, rock and electronic hybrid that will appear on Shinoda’s forthcoming solo album.

Linkin Park’s future may be undecided, but fans will at least have Mike Shinoda’s solo work to look forward to. The band’s co-founder announced Thursday his debut album, Post Traumatic, and dropped a single off it, “Crossing a Line.”

As you’d expect, the album is inspired by the tragic death of Chester Bennington. But “Crossing a Line” isn’t a dark, anguished anthem in the Linkin Park mold. Far from it. Over a slick pop-meets-electronic production, Shinoda turns inward, reflecting on what the suicide of his former bandmate meant—and still means—for him.

“[The album] is a journey out of grief and darkness, not into grief and darkness,” Shinoda said. “If people have been through something similar, I hope they feel less alone. If they haven’t been through this, I hope they feel grateful.”


The 16-track Post Traumatic will drop on June 15. In the meantime, check out “Crossing a Line” here:

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