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30 Seconds To Mars “free” as major label deal expires

By | Published on Monday 28 April 2014

30 Seconds To Mars

30 Seconds To Mars have left Virgin EMI after nine years with the label (originally signing to Virgin Records in the US while it was still a division of the old EMI), frontman Jared Leto has confirmed to Billboard.

This comes four years after Leto et al were sued by EMI for failing to deliver two of their five contracted albums, following the band’s attempt to end their US deal early under California labour laws. The band eventually agreed to deliver two more albums to the label, while the dispute was documented in the film ‘Artifact’.

Speaking about the band’s new unsigned status, Leto told Billboard: “We are free and clear and excited about the future. It’s the most wonderful place to be”.

Watch the trailer for ‘Artifact’ here: