JARED LETO: 30 SECONDS TO MARS DOCUMENTARY TELLS 'IMPORTANT STORY'

by Parker Minor  l Thursday, December 12, 2013

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30 Seconds To Mars released Artifact through iTunes and other on-demand platforms earlier this week, with the documentary focusing on the band's struggle to complete its 2009 album, This Is War, while at the same time locked in a legal battle with its record label. Despite selling three million copies of its second album, A Beautiful Lie, the band found itself more than $2.7 million in debt to the label, claiming it had never seen any money off the disc, and wanting out of its contract. The band sued the label, EMI Music, which countersued for $30 million.

30 Seconds frontman Jared Leto, who directed Artifact under his pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins, toldRolling Stone, "This was a very real lawsuit. It wasn't just a headline. We had a very real possibility of owing a corporation 30 million dollars, of having our music and our album tied up in the courts and never seeing the light of day and our careers and our dreams shattered."

  • Leto told us a while back that the band just wanted its fair share: "You know, we were fortunate enough to have some success around the world and, you know, eventually got to the place where many bands get to. It's an age-old story, that that success wasn't as realistic as you thought it was, and there came a time and a place for us to fight for what we believed in."
  • The band and label eventually settled and renegotiated, with EMI releasing the latest 30 Seconds album, Love Lust Faith + Dreams.
  • Leto said that the band was reluctant to make the film at first, explaining, "I didn't really want to turn the camera on ourselves, on our lives, in this really personal and revealing way -- but we had a story to tell, and it was an important story for us to share with the world."
  • The singer said that after all the turmoil, he and 30 Seconds To Mars ended up having a stronger relationship with the label. He added, "I'm not anti-record company, I'm anti-greed. I'm pro-fairness, pro art, pro-creativity. I believe there's a way to have a successful company be profitable and treat audiences and artists really fairly."