Martin co-wrote most of the songs on Life. He said that this album is one of his most personal releases to date, explaining, "I was really in touch with my emotions. I think this album is very multi-layered, just like life is. It's about feeling anger. It's about feeling joy. It's about feeling uncertainty. It's about feeling. And all my emotions are part of this production." The album was recorded in the United States and Egypt.
Life debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 with nearly 73,000 copies sold. In total, the album has sold 274,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Life also reached the top ten in Argentina and Spain. In the United Kingdom it peaked at number forty. The album was later certified Gold in Argentina and Mexico.
The first single, "I Don't Care" peaked at number sixty-five on the Billboard Hot 100, and reached number three on the Hot Dance Club Songs. The Spanish-language version, called "Qué Más Da" peaked at number seven on the Hot Latin Songs. "I Don't Care" reached also top ten in Italy and Finland. In the United Kingdom, it peaked at number eleven.
The second international single, "It's Alright" became a hit in France, after it was re-recorded as duet with M. Pokora. It peaked at number four and was certified Silver.