Release date: June 2012
Living Things is the fifth studio album by American rock band Linkin Park, released on June 26, 2012 through Warner Bros. Records. The album was written by the band and production was handled by vocalist Mike Shinoda and Rick Rubin, who both co-produced the band's previous studio albums Minutes to Midnight (2007) and A Thousand Suns (2010).
The band states that Living Things combines elements from their previous four studio albums to create a new sound. They stated they finally felt they were in "familiar territory" and "comfortable in their own skin" after years of experimentation that resulted in their two previous studio albums, Minutes to Midnight and A Thousand Suns. Living Things was chosen as the album's title because of the numerous personal topics about people implemented on the album.
The lead single for the album, "Burn It Down", was sent to radio and released to digital music retailers on April 16, 2012.