In what may be the most exciting news concerning Linkin Park as of late, legendary producer Rick Rubin (Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash) has been named as the official producer of the new Linkin Park record. In a recent newsletter from Joe: "We wanted to step it up as far as working with a producer and really try to create an atmosphere that will challenge us in different ways. We chose Rick Rubin because his credits alone speak a lot about his ability and his open-mindedness as a producer, working on everything from the old Def Jam, Beastie Boys and Run DMC, to Slayer, Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I think the common denominator with all these groups is that they create great music through the years that has stood the test of time." This is perhaps the huge announcement that Mike posted about on the Linkin Park Underground a few weeks ago. We will be sure to update you with more information as it becomes available. Rubin will be co-producing the album along with bandmember Mike Shinoda, if what Billboard announced still holds true. Thanks to Dedicated and Andrea for the news!