The $30 Million dollar lawsuit which has hung like a persistent cloud over '30 Seconds to Mars' is finally over.
This week, the band re-signed with record label EMI/Virgin: inking a new worldwide deal with the company.
The legal challenge stemmed from when Virgin Records claimed that Leto and his brother, Shannon, failed to produce three of the five records the band was obligated to deliver under its 1999 contract: which they signed with the now defunct label Immortal Records. Five years later Virgin took over that contract: claiming that the band now owed them three more albums. The Leto brothers countered the claims by citing a Californian labour law which "excused from such performance from and after July 4, 2008, pursuant to California Labor Code Sec. 2855 (a)." Under said law, a contract "may not be enforced against the employee beyond seven years from the commencement of service under it."
But with problems in the rear-view the band will now press on with plans for the release of their follow-up to 2005's A Beautiful Lie. The boys finished most of the album before settling the legal situation. As such, it is claimed that the work is "completely self-financed, totally uninfluenced and untouched by anyone outside of Leto's inner circle".
The behind-the-scenes article from MTV goes on to state that the follow-up will be "vastly different from their last album, to the point where fan alienation is a near certainty."
Their third album - which has a working title of This Is War - has been produced by Flood (we guess it's a one-word name, like Cher, or Syphilis) who has previously worked with bands such as U2, Nine Inch Nails and The Smashing Pumpkins.