Linkin Park: 1 billion on YouTube - 1 Big Issue columnist
Big Issue columnist Mike Shinoda has cemented a place in musical history after his band Linkin Park became the first rock group in history to achieve more than 1 billion YouTube hits.
The nu-metallers join pop acts like Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga at the very top of the YouTube rankings.
The Big Issue asked Shinoda to be a US election correspondent, covering Obama and Romney’s race to The White House.
In his first dispatch from across the Atlantic, published in this week’s magazine, he wrote: “Writing a column is an easy way to get myself in trouble. There are plenty of people who devote a lot more time to politics, and as a member of Linkin Park, I have a lot to lose by diving into a commentary on political events.
“Since I am drawn to terrible ideas and obvious risk, I jumped at the chance.”
The Big Issue pulled off the coup of recruiting Shinoda after he wrote an article about his charity Music for Relief which was founded in 2005 to help victims of natural disasters.
The first artist to reach 1 billion hits on YouTube was Lady Gaga, who has since been overtaken by the record-breaking teen phenomenon Justin Bieber, whose videos have been watched more than 2.8 billion times.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers, who are the second most popular rock band on YouTube, have so far only managed to score 327 million hits.
Mike Shinoda’s column can be found in this week’s edition of the Big Issue, on sale until September 23. His next column will appear in a fortnight