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People only just realising how iconic Linkin Park album got its name

People only just realising how iconic Linkin Park album got its name

The hugely successful album was released in 2007

People are only just realising where the name of the iconic Linkin Park album, Minutes to Midnight, actually came from.

The American rock band's third album was released back in May 2007, and was their third consecutive number one album since the group got together in 1996.

With the annual Doomsday Clock announcement being made today (January 23), fans of the album are just realising where its name actually originated from.

The announcement, which takes place every January, was created by The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists way back in 1947, to communicate the level of threat to humanity.

Essentially, it's set to warn people how close we are to 'destroying our world with dangerous technologies of our own making', and is supposed to be a call to action for world governments.

The announcement will be made today (January 23)
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People are particularly nervous about this year's announcement.

After spending the last 12 months warning that we are just 90 seconds away from disaster - which FYI is the closest it has ever been to midnight - the clock will be reset once again.

Each year, the experts meet to assess events of the past year, often looking at conflicts, threats of nuclear weapons and climate change.

While it had been set at 100 seconds to midnight in both 2021 and 2022, some chilling developments on the world stage forced the hands to creep closer to twelve.

This was largely due to the invasion of Ukraine and the threat of a nuclear war.

The album was released in 2007.
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Posting on Reddit, one Linkin Park fan shared some handy trivia about the link between the Doomsday Clock and the band's third album.

"Fun fact: The album title 'Minutes to Midnight' is a reference to the doomsday clock," they wrote.

"The fewer minutes there are until midnight, the end of the world due to climate change or nuclear war is closer."

Lead vocalist, Chester Bennington, spoke about the title of the album in an interview with MTV News back in 2007.

"The title is a reference to the Doomsday Clock, which was created by these scientists at the University of Chicago after the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Japan to end World War II," he said.

"... Naming the album was harder than anything else. We always find ourselves over-thinking titles of all the records and even when it came down to naming the band.

Everyone is hoping the clock doesn't move closer to midnight.
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"... I was watching a documentary on the doomsday clock and they kept repeating the phrase 'Minutes to Midnight'.

"From that perspective; midnight is the end of the world as we know it. That’s a little dreary for me but I thought it worked.

"The fact that the album is so different from the previous records and that we were more mature and embarking on a new era seemed to fit well with the title. I think the title really captured how we were feeling and where we were going in so many different ways."

After realising the connection, some fans admitted they'd even started taking the clock more seriously.

"Linkin park made the album 'seconds to midnight' based on the meaning of this clock. I take the Doomsday Clock seriously in honor of that album and nothing else! [sic]"

You can watch the Doomsday Clock announcement here.

Featured Image Credit: Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images/Linkin Park

Topics: Linkin Park, Music, News