Linkin Park's newest single debuts exclusively on Xbox Music

Last week, Microsoft launched iOS and Android apps for Xbox Music in a major expansion of its service. Today, the company announced that famed rock band Linkin Park has not only debuted their latest single, "A Light that Never Comes," on Xbox Music, but it will be the only place that (legally) people can listen to it for the next two weeks.

Xbox Wire has the details on this exclusive from a blog post written by Mike Shinoda, the lead rapper and co-vocalist of Linkin Park. Shinoda states that their relationship with Microsoft started with Halo tournaments on the original Xbox and then later evolved as the team worked to develop a music making application called Stagelight, which included support for touchscreens on Windows 8.

Shinoda writes:

In working on Stagelight, I was introduced to Microsoft in a way that was surprising and intriguing. With new Windows devices that come with touchscreens, I saw a potential for the future of music writing, recording, and mixing--I envisioned these computers as the hub of the studio environment, augmenting or replacing the classic mixing consoles that currently eat up the studio space.  As we met various people at Microsoft, I was inspired by the passion and creativity behind their innovations.

While streaming "A Light that Never Comes"" is a start, Shinoda says that he and Linkin Park will be collaborating with Microsoft in the future to "develop immersive, innovative experiences that give the fans the very best experience" for both Xbox Music and the upcoming Xbox One console.

Source: Xbox Wire | Image via Linkin Park

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Finally! I've been saying for over a year that they needed to get exclusives on Zune/Xbox Music Marketplace. I'm tired of watching shows like The Voice, only to see that the singles are available "exclusively on iTunes."

Haha the comments here are priceless, iTunes get exclusives all the time but the moment xbox music does it and its reported on the hate comes out and people find negatives. Who gives a crap if its on youtube or torrents? The article is just telling people that they signed an exclusive, and that's it........then i see people evaluating this news based on their opinion of the track, ffs!

duddit2 said,
Haha the comments here are priceless, iTunes get exclusives all the time but the moment xbox music does it and its reported on the hate comes out and people find negatives. Who gives a crap if its on youtube or torrents? The article is just telling people that they signed an exclusive, and that's it........then i see people evaluating this news based on their opinion of the track, ffs!

Did you read the comments?

It's available on iTunes, so not very "exclusive"

boo_star said,

Did you read the comments?

It's available on iTunes, so not very "exclusive"

yeah i saw that, but regardless they signed an exclusive, possibly regional, but they signed it and this article simply reports this
oh and btw, its showing as not available when you try to buy it via itunes

boo_star said,

Did you read the comments?

It's available on iTunes, so not very "exclusive"

Is it available for free streaming on iTunes? After all, that's what is being advertised by Microsoft - stream LP's new single FREE, only on Xbox Music.

This is good news for XBox Music. ****ty music, but that's hardly the point. The key is to grow XBox Music into a compelling ecosystem piece.

I don't like this song, and it's more Steve Aoki than Linkin Park that caught my attention.
I like his single with the Bloody Beetroots.

The "exclusive" of five minutes ago is on torrent and youtube as soon as it is able to be heard. Hope MS didn't pay a lot of money for the "exclusive" content. I found it in less than 30 seconds of searching.

Besides, it isn't the best track they have made anyway...

How the hell is this an "immersive and innovative" experience? If anything, it's a step backward. Maybe even two steps backward if you consider that it's Linkin Park of all things too...

firey said,
The **** is up with bands goin all dubstep? Korn, In Flame, LP

Actually the Song is made by Steve Aoku, with the vocale by Chester and Mike from LP. They're not jumping to du step.

Korn was dubstep influenced?? Korn, Life is Peachy, Issue, Follow The Leader, Untouchables didn't have any dubstep...

Unless you are talking last 2 Korn albums.. but.. that's not really korn.

Like I said it was aired on the radio here in Atlanta at least twice today, not as exclusive as the article states