30 Seconds To Mars
Formed in 1998 by frontman Jared Leto and his older brother, 30 Seconds to Mars found success in the 2000’s with a mix of post – grunge, screamo, and hard rock. The band gained a modest audience with its debut album, but it was the platinum sophomore effort A Beautiful Lie that officially opened the flood gates in 2005, securing the band a frequent presence on MTV while paving the way for a number of successful tours.
30 Seconds to Mars have release three studio albums – 30 Seconds to Mars (2002); A Beautiful Lie (2005);
This is War (2009) and to extended plays – AOL Undercover (2007) and To The Edge of The Earth (2008).
The band’s debut self-titled album, produced by Bob Ezrin was released in 2002 to positive reviews. The album produced two singles, “Capricorn (A Brand New Name)” and “Edge of the Earth”.The former peaked at #31 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart.
Their second album, A Beautiful Lie, was released on August 30, 2005. Because the album was leaked five months before its release, the band decided to include two bonus tracks: “Battle of One” (an original song that was also set to be the album’s title track when it was first announced) and “Hunter” (a cover of the Björk song). To further promote the album, the band also enclosed “golden tickets” in 12 copies, which granted their owners access to any 30 Seconds to Mars concert free of charge, along with backstage access.
On August 31, 2006, the band won the MTV2 Award for “The Kill” at the MTV Video Music Awards, one of their two nominations.
In October, the band began their “Welcome to the Universe” tour, sponsored by MTV2 and were supported by Head Automatica, The Receiving End of Sirens, Cobra Starship, Rock Kills Kid, and several other bands including Street Drum Corps.On November 20, MTV2 premiered the video for “From Yesterday”; the video is the first American rock video ever shot in its entirety in the People’s Republic of China.
On April 29, 2007, the band performed at the Australian MTV Australia Video Music Awards, where they were nominated for three awards, winning “Best Rock Video” and “Video of the Year” for “The Kill”.
Spring 2007, the band is supporting The Used as a part of the “Taste of Chaos” tour and have scheduled a string of dates in Europe supporting Linkin Park. They are also scheduled to play Roskilde, Rock am Ring, Pinkpop, Give It A Name Festival and Download. 30 Seconds to Mars were one of the hosts for the MTV Europe Music Awards 2008. While on the 2007 Taste of Chaos the band also did an interview with Music Saves Lives.
On March 21, 2008, 30 Seconds to Mars performed at ‘My Coke Fest’ in South Africa, which saw the band back on South African soil since the inception and recording of A Beautiful Lie. The band played to a sold-out crowd in Johannesburg and Cape Town.On December 11, 2009, according to AOL Radio Blog, with votes from listeners of the site’s Alternative Radio station, the Top Alternative Song of the Decade of the 2000s was 30 Seconds To Mars’ hit The Kill from 2006, which had major success, along with the album which the single appears, A Beautiful Lie.
Despite the growing momentum, 30 Seconds to Mars soon found themselves at war with their label, EMI/ Virgin Records.
In August 2008, Virgin Records filed a $30 million lawsuit, claiming the band refused to deliver three albums as required by its contract.
On April 28, they returned from EMI and the lawsuit was annulled.30 Seconds to Mars released This Is War on December 8, 2009.
February 19, 2010, 30 Seconds to Mars began their worldwide Into the Wild Tour in Nottingham to support This Is War.
As of November 2010 “This is War” was certified gold in several countries including Germany, South Africa, Austria, Australia and Belgium. The album has received a double gold award in the UK and a double platinum award in Portugal.