This is a blog : the sixth : Artifact

The best music artist documentary I have watched would have to be Artifact. In 2012, Thirty Seconds to Mars showcased the music industry in this film. Thirty Seconds to Mars decides to leave EMI so EMI sues for $30 million because of a breach in contract in 2008. Shortly after This is War is made.


Have you ever been so mad at someone or something you just want to scream? I am a park person. I like going to parks late at night when its chilly. The cold air calms me and is therapeutic for me. Jared Leto likes to throw rocks off cliffs. We all have our ways we de-stress. This film was a big middle finger back to EMI from Thirty Seconds to Mars basically saying don’t mess with the artists. This film focuses on the relationships between labels and artists.

In August 2008, the band attempted to sign with a new label after completing the A Beautiful Lie tour. This in turn prompted EMI to file a lawsuit stating that the band had failed to produce three of the five records they were obligated to deliver under their 1999 contract. Thirty Seconds to Mars responded to by stating that under California law one cannot be bound to a contract for more than seven years. The band had been contracted for nine years, so they decided to exercise their legal right to terminate.


Jared Leto, his brother Shannon Leto, and Tomo Milicevic throughout the film are in progress of making their new album. The documentary was going to be about the band but since the EMI got in the way Jared Leto made it be known he wasn’t going down without a fight. We see throughout the film how Guy Hands played a big role in EMI as TF chairman. This billionaire takes over EMI Virgin Records and basically didn’t know anything about the music industry. Other musicians give their first-hand accounts of their own experiences in the business throughout this film as well.

Thirty Seconds to Mars were millions of dollars in debt to EMI yet never got paid. After nearly a year of legal battles, Thirty Seconds To Mars announced on April 28, 2009, that the suit had been settled. Jared Leto explained, “The California Appeals Court ruled that no service contract in California is valid after seven years, and it became known as the De Havilland Law after she used it to get out of her contract with Warner Bros.” Thirty Seconds to Mars then signed a new contract with EMI. Leto said that the band had “resolved our differences with EMI” and the decision had been made because of “the willingness and enthusiasm by EMI to address our major concerns and issues, [and] the opportunity to return to work with a team so committed and passionate about Thirty Seconds to Mars.”

Leto told Rolling Stone that “I hope that artists and audiences watch this film and get a greater understanding of how things work [in the record industry], because understanding is the beginning of change.”


On a sidenote I would love to meet Jared Leto one day. Not as a crazed sex fiend girl but as a intellectual smart woman only wanting to be friends.

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