30 Seconds to Mars Unsign From Virgin Records: 'We're Free'

Jared Leto discusses parting with the label.

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Jared Leto has discussed his relief at being newly unsigned, after his band 30 Seconds to Mars split from their record label.

As Gigwise reports, the band recently parted ways with Virgin Records/EMI after nine tumultuous years with the label.

In 2008, Virgin attempted to sue the band for $30 million, claiming they had failed to deliver three of the five albums under the band's contract - despite the contract being entered into with a different label. This lawsuit is the subject of the band's recent documentary "Artifact."

After releasing their fourth album "Love Lust Faith + Dreams" last year, the band have parted from the label, with Leto telling Billboard: "We're free and clear and excited about the future. It's the most wonderful place to be."

He added: "What a strange business that you're more excited to leave your label than you are about working there."

Leto also discussed the documentary "Artifact," which documents the strained relationship between 30 Seconds to Mars and Virgin. "It's not anti-label," he said, "It's anti-greed. It's about artists examining the difficulty between the conflict of art and commerce, how corruption can kill dreams."

Earlier this year, Leto was awarded an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a transgender woman dying of AIDS in "Dallas Buyers Club." He recently revealed that his Oscar is a "filthy mess" after he continually passed it around at parties.

30 Seconds to Mars will hit the North American road this fall during the "Carnivores Tour" with Linkin Park and AFI.

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    Just listened to 30 Seconds to Mars over the past couple of days here and there and I am more of a fan of their older stuff. Their new stuff like "Kings and Queens" off of "This is War" is pretty cool, but all of the other stuff on that album feels like filler.. unlike "A Beautiful Lie" where every song had its purpose. Hopefully they take a more classic direction with their music, otherwise they might risk the same fate as Linkin Park.
    I kinda doubt their music will get better after this..
    Why not? Maybe they can stop being pop now and go back to sounding like their earlier records which weren't that bad.
    I'm curious as to whether the label hasseled them to change their style or if it was their own choosing. Haven't listened to the new album but I found This Is War to be meh.
    If you watch the Artifact documentary it kind of makes sense why 'This Is War' isn't their best work. It was a super rough time. The band were being sued for $30 million and had made almost nothing prior to that album cycle due to the shit record contract they had. Near the end of production/negotiating with EMI they had a 3 week period to finish the entire album - recording, mixing and mastering. To be fair the latest album wasn't so great either, but here is hoping that having complete control over their creations will bring some awesome music.