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From Rolling Stone
Jared Leto’s new music-industry documentary Artifact (out this week on multiple on-demand platforms) follows 30 Seconds to Mars through their legal struggle with their label EMI. Despite selling 3 million copies of their second album, A Beautiful Lie, the band found themselves more than 2.7 million dollars in debt to the label, claiming they never saw any money off the album, and wanted out of their contract.
“This was a very real lawsuit. It wasn’t just a headline,” Leto tells Rolling Stone. “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 an our dreams shattered.”
As the band begins to shoot a documentary on the making of their third album, they discover they are being sued by their label for $30 million dollars for breach of contract, and turned the cameras on that battle instead, eventually naming the album This Is War. Artifact premiered in 2012 at the Toronto Film Festival, where it won the People’s Choice Award for Documentary.
“I didn’t really want to make a film, and share it with the world and 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 that story with the world,” Leto says.
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