Linkin Park has parted ways from their management company, The Collective, which is known for their innovative approach to musician management. While Linkin Park is widely considered to be the firm’s biggest client, other top named represented by The Collective affected by the closing of the firm’s music management department, following the departure of Linkin Park, include: Slash, Godsmack, Toni Braxton, Kelly Rowland, and Staind.
The big move for Linkin Park is nothing new. Artists from every creative field are seeking out the benefits of independent management, which range from garnering a greater percentage of profits to the freedom of expression in the creative process, and Linkin Park’s move may add even greater incentive for other musicians to follow suit.
“We’ve decided to bring our management duties in house, to directly hire talent to support the innovative ideas the band plans to pursue in the coming years.”
More and more musical acts may make the move to self-managed collaboratives, following Linkin Park’s departure, suggests Hypebot, opting to hire their own consultants and team members to handle everything from public relations and records releases to song placement and social media interaction, either permanently or temporarily on a project-to-project basis.
Following the announcement that they would now be a self-managed band, Linkin Park has announced their participation in the Loudwire Music Festival, taking place on June 26 through the 28 in Grand Junction, Colorado. Loudwire has also announced that, in conjunction with Linkin Park, they will be giving away a package that includes roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations, and three-day passes for 2, as well as a meet and greet opportunity with Linkin Park. In addition to Linkin Park, the festival will host musicians from the hard rock, metal, alt-rock, and classic rock genres.
Prior to the Loudwire festival, Linkin Park will be embarking on their own concert tour to promote their 2014 album The Hunting Party, along with the bands Rise Against and Of Mice & Men opening the shows. The 19 city Linkin Park tour will kick off on January 15, 2015 in Orlando, Florida, and conclude with their final concert in Edmonton, Alberta, on Valentine’s Day. Linkin Park’s The Hunting Party album, available on iTunes, features the singles “Guilty All the Same,” “Until It’s Gone,” “Rebellion,” and “Final Masquerade.” The official video for “Final Masquerade” can be found on Linkin Park‘s website.
Early in November, Linkin Park’s lead vocalist, Chester Bennington, returned to his hometown to participate in a charity concert, benefiting children with cancer.