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Rock music is a form of popular music with a prominent vocal melody, accompanied by electric guitar, bass guitar, and drums. Many styles of rock music also use keyboard instruments such as organ, piano, mellotron, and synthesizers. Other instruments sometimes utilized in rock include saxophone, harmonica, violin, flute, French horn, banjo, melodica, and timpani. Also, less common stringed instruments such as mandolin and sitar are used. Rock music usually has a strong back beat, and often revolves around the guitar, either solid electric, hollow electric, or acoustic.

Rock music has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll and rockabilly, which evolved from blues, country music and other influences. According to Allmusic, "In its purest form, Rock & Roll has three chords, a strong, insistent back beat, and a catchy melody. Early rock & roll drew from a variety of sources, primarily blues, R&B, and country, but also gospel, traditional pop, jazz, and folk. All of these influences combined in a simple, blues-based song structure that was fast, danceable, and catchy."[1]

In the late 1960s, rock music was blended with folk music to create folk rock, blues to create blues-rock and with jazz, to create jazz-rock fusion, and without a time signature to create psychedelic rock. In the 1970s, rock incorporated influences from soul, funk, and latin music. Also in the 1970s, rock developed a number of subgenres, such as soft rock, heavy metal, hard rock, progressive rock, and punk rock. Rock subgenres that emerged in the 1980s included synthpop, hardcore punk and alternative rock. In the 1990s, rock subgenres included grunge, Britpop, indie rock, and nu metal.

A group of musicians specializing in rock music is called a rock band or rock group. Many rock groups consist of a guitarist, lead singer, bass guitarist, and drummer, forming a quartet. Some groups omit one or more of these roles and/or utilize a lead singer who plays an instrument while singing, sometimes forming a trio or duo; others include additional musicians such as one or two rhythm guitarists and/or a keyboardist. More rarely, groups also utilize stringed instruments such as violins or cellos, and/or horns like saxophones, trumpets or trombones.

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Linkin Park is a rock band from Agoura Hills, California. Since their formation in 1996, the band has sold more than forty million albums and won two Grammy Awards.[2][3][4] They achieved mainstream success with their debut album, Hybrid Theory, which was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005.[5] Their following studio album, Meteora, continued the band's success, topping the Billboard 200’s album charts in 2003, and was followed by extensive touring and charity work around the world.[6]

Recognized for their adaptation of the nu metal genre into a radio-friendly yet densely-layered style in Hybrid Theory and Meteora,[7][8] the band moved away from this and explored a variety of other genres in their latest studio album, Minutes to Midnight.[9][10] The album topped the Billboard Charts and had the third best debut week of any album that year.[11][12] They are also known for their several collaborations, most notably with rapper Jay-Z, in their mash-up album Collision Course, and many other artists on Reanimation.[8]

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The Cure live in Singapore in 2007. Left to right: Porl Thompson, Jason Cooper (back), Robert Smith, Simon Gallup

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  1. ^ allmusic - Rock and Roll
  2. ^ Marketwire.com, Linkin Park on top of the charts, Retrieved on June 7, 2007
  3. ^ Rock On The Net, Grammy Awards: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Retrieved on June 9, 2007
  4. ^ Rock On The Net Grammy Awards: Best Hard Rock Performance, Retrieved on June 14, 2006
  5. ^ Recording Industry Association of America, RIAA Record Sales, Retrieved on June 13, 2007
  6. ^ Soundspike.com, Album Chart: Linkin Park’s ‘Meteora’ shoots to the top, Retrieved on March 19, 2007
  7. ^ Sinclair, Tom (March 28, 2003). "Meteora (2003)". Music Review (Entertainment Weekly). Retrieved 2007-10-19. 
  8. ^ a b MSN Music, Linkin Park: Biography, Retrieved on June 14, 2007
  9. ^ Cite error: The named reference No_new was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  10. ^ Powers, Ann (May 15, 2007). "Minutes to Midnight (Warner Bros.)". Pop Album Review (Los Angeles Times). Retrieved 2007-10-19. 
  11. ^ Billboard.com, M2M holds the top slot for the current week, Retrieved on May 28, 2007
  12. ^ Billboard.com, Linkin Park Scores Year's Best Debut With 'Midnight', Retrieved on May 28, 2007