Congrats are in order for Linkin Park, whose fans just helped the group become the first rock band to surpass one billion YouTube views.
At present, there are only three other acts to have reached the milestone, each of them pop stars. Justin Bieber leads the way with 2.8 billion YouTube views, followed by Rihanna and Lady Gaga.
The fact that Linkin Park have reached the goal is not only a credit to their music, but also to the video work they’ve done over the years, most of which came courtesy of the band’s DJ, Joseph Hahn. The musician began to explore the visual side of his career by co-directing the videos for ‘Papercut’ and ‘In the End’ with acclaimed director Nathan “Karma” Cox.
From there, he assumed much of the band’s video-making responsibilities, overseeing the shoots for ‘Somewhere I Belong,’ ‘Numb,’ ‘What I’ve Done,’ ‘Bleed It Out,’ ‘New Divide,’ ‘Waiting for the End,’ and ‘Burn It Down’ among others.
It may be a while before another rock band reaches the billion mark, as Gigwise reports that the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Green Day are next in line with 327 million and 245 million respectively.
You can add to Linkin Park’s YouTube total by checking out their latest Honda Civic Tour video posting. In it, the band welcomes a new guitarist – none other than Incubus‘ Mike Einziger. As a precaution, you see the members warning Einziger about their pyro as the song he’s guesting on has fire emerging from the stage at a very specific point. Watch the video below.