Mike Shinoda releases two songs, announces album

Rejoice, Mike Shinoda fans. We’re getting an album.

The Linkin Park rapper/singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist announced this morning that he’ll be following up January’s Post Traumatic EP with a 16-track LP by the same name, to be released June 15.

The announcement came with the release of his first single, “Crossing A Line,” as well as another song off the album, “Nothing Makes Sense Anymore.” Both arrive with music videos, and we finally get to see what happened with his meet-up with fans in L.A. earlier this month:

As the name would suggest, much of the content of the album revolves around the loss of fellow Linkin Park bandmate Chester Bennington last year. However, he doesn’t want his music to bring anyone down. In a statement, Shinoda said, “It’s a journey out of grief and darkness, not into grief and darkness. 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.”

Shinoda will be making his solo debut (under his own name) on May 12 at Identity LA.

The artist also revealed Wednesday he’d be performing a set at Reading & Leeds Festival this summer. So far, there are just a few other shows scheduled, but fans have taken to WeDemand.com to try to get Shinoda to perform in the cities around the globe with the most votes. As it stands, Moscow is in the lead, though the United States is by far the most represented country on the list.

As dedicated as this fanbase is, it likely won’t be long until more shows are added, especially with an album drop.

Fans can preorder the Post Traumatic CD or either of two bundles on his website.

Watch the two videos below:

Featured image taken from ”Nothing Makes Sense Anymore (Official Video) – Mike Shinoda” via Mike Shinoda.

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