Fayola Shakes of the Sun Sentinel profiled the success Linkin Park has enjoyed and asked Billboard’s director of charts, Geoff Mayfield, what is the secret to their success. “At the risk of sounding simplistic, the bottom line for an artist succeeding is delivering what consumers want to hear,” Mayfield said. “Sometimes it’s tricky when the first album is as successful as [‘Hybrid Theory’] and its follow-up, ‘Meteora’. An example is Limp Bizkit. They had an underground cachet and were very successful but Fred Durst became a celebrity and that, and the loss of their guitar player, kind of put them in a different light with fans.”
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