One More Light is the seventh studio album by American rock band Linkin Park.

It was released on May 19, 2017, through Warner Bros. Records and Machine Shop. The album features guest vocal appearances from Pusha TStormzy, and Kiiara, and production and songwriting collaborations with J. R. RotemJulia MichaelsJustin TranterRoss GolanAndrew GoldsteinBlackbear, and Eg White.

The band had been writing and recording mostly in Los Angeles but also had a few sessions in London and Canada where they worked with a few songwriters. In Los Angeles, the band started working at the Larrabee Studios where they had worked for their previous album. After noticing the band needed a bit more space they shifted to Sphere Studios. Starting in early 2016 the band decided to open up their process to fans through social media by doing live streams, posting pictures and videos of their day-by-day in the studio, and sending studio updates to their mailing list.

In an interview with Billboard, Shinoda said “We’ve focused almost exclusively on songwriting, not on sound, not on genre, not on arrangement, on words and melodies. And that is something Rick [Rubin] has always told us to do years past and we never listened because we always started track first. Now we’re writing songs and now we’re just starting to get into the style of that.”While working with Justin Parker in London, Mike also learned a different approach to songwriting: to write without any sound in mind and, instead, write with meaning in mind. Instead of writing tracks piece by piece, the band wouldn’t leave a session without having a song. It would all start as a conversation, and out of those the songs would build progressively from a chord progression to lyrics.

Among the collaborators are Justin Parker, Conner Youngblood, Jon Green, blackbear, Andrew Goldstein, Eg WhiteEmily Wright, Andrew Bolooki, Andrew Dawson, RAC, Corrin Roddick, and Ross Golan. American singer Kiiara also had a seven-hour session with Linkin Park to record her vocals for “Heavy”, and rappers Stormzy and Pusha T contributed to the album with original verses. In the past, the band had a different approach to collaborations, as explained by Mike: “Usually it means we’ve finished the song but we’ll ask somebody to add something to the top of it.” He added: “Generally, here’s how it would work: we’d get in the room with someone, and start on something from scratch with them. We worked mostly in the same way we always write songs, but with extra firepower in the room.”

Bennington had also reached out to Billy Howerdel of A Perfect Circle to collaborate on a song for the album. The two collaborated on a track titled “Eat the Elephant”, but it was ultimately left off the album, not really matching the direction One More Light’s sound. Howerdel completely reworked the song musically and lyrically and recorded it with Maynard James Keenan.

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