Up in the Air (song)

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"Up in the Air"
Single by Thirty Seconds to Mars
from the album Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams
Released March 18, 2013 (2013-03-18)
Format
Recorded The International Centre for the Advancement of the Arts and Sciences of Sound, Los Angeles, California
Genre Electronic rock
Length 4:37
Label
Writer(s) Jared Leto
Producer(s)
Thirty Seconds to Mars singles chronology
"Hurricane 2.0"
(2010)
"Up in the Air"
(2013)
"Do or Die"
(2013)

"Up in the Air" is a song recorded by American rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars for their fourth studio album Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams. The song launched aboard SpaceX CRS-2 as the lead single from the album, and was made available to the Expedition 34 crew and its subsequent Expedition 35 crew aboard the International Space Station to play upon berthing on March 4, 2013.[1] The single was released on March 18, 2013.[2] "Up in the Air" was nominated for Best Video at the Kerrang! Awards 2013.

Release[edit]

The song was sent to the International Space Station, aboard SpaceX CRS-2.

"Up in the Air" was received by the crew of the International Space Station via the Dragon resupply spacecraft, as part of the SpaceX CRS-2 mission, which is the fourth flight for NASA's Commercial Resupply Services and the Dragon spacecraft.[3] The single made its world premiere on NASA TV on March 18, 2013, after a Q&A session with the band and Expedition 35 flight engineer Tom Marshburn.[1][3] The single was given a full release on March 18, 2013 as a digital download.

Commercial performance[edit]

In United States, "Up in the Air" debuted at No. 13 on the Alternative Songs chart in Billboard. In the same issue, Billboard stated that the song reached 6,000,000 listeners on more than sixty radio stations over its opening weekend. The song also debuted at No. 83 on the Irish Singles Chart. After a marked increase in sales in the week of March 25, 2013, "Up in the Air" rose to No. 45 on the UK Singles Chart. In Scotland, according to the OCC, the simple high digital sales placed the song at number 34 on that list. In May 2013, "Up In the Air" returned to the charts, ranking at number 42 in Spain, according to the count PROMUSICAE.

Live performances[edit]

"Up in the Air" was first performed at the Church of Mars concerts in May 2013, shortly before the release of the album. The song later became a signature part of the opening stages of the Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams Tour which followed, usually appearing as the penultimate song after "Do or Die". Thirty Seconds To Mars has performed the song on live show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on May 21, 2013. They also performed the song on Conan on May 22, 2013.

Music video[edit]

The video was shot at a massive aerospace manufacturing building, now defunct, in Los Angeles, California from the 7th to the 9th of February 2013, under the leadership of vocalist Jared Leto. Leto produced, directed, and edited the short film, under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins. Emma Ludbrook and Jett Stieger, respectively, executive produced and line produced. David Devlin was the director of photography, while Floyd Albee contributed to production designs.

A casting call went out on the band's official website requesting special talents needed to make the video.[4] The scenes feature gymnasts McKayla Maroney and Jordyn Wieber[5] of the Fierce Five among the many reported cameos in the video.[6] Dita Von Teese and Ashley Smith appeared cameo in the video.

The official music video was released on YouTube on April 19, 2013.[7] Before the music video starts, a warning message states that it has been identified by Epilepsy Action to potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy and that viewer discretion is advised. Aspects of love (amor), lust (страсть), faith (信念), and dreams (RÊVES) are shown throughout the video.

The video focuses on a type of wine, in which is a large space where the actions occur. Throughout the plot appears lion a snake, various zebra and wolf. Each frame is like a photograph, and yet, they are all intrinsically linked, so that when combined, these unique images form a cohesive force unit. They tell a story to convey emotions of lust, loss, sadness, desire and anger. Note that in the scenes displayed the album Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams, and also the cover of the single from "Up In the Air", a zebra in front of a blue wall.

The video was nominated for Best video at Kerrang! Awards 2013. On August 25, 2013 it won the 'Best Rock Video' award at 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.[8][9]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
  1. "Up in the Air" – 4:37
Promo CD single
  1. "Up in the Air" (Radio Edit) – 4:37

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Performed by Thirty Seconds to Mars
  • Written by Jared Leto
  • Produced by Steve Lillywhite and Jared Leto
  • Recorded at The International Centre for the Advancement of the Arts and Sciences of Sound, Los Angeles, California
  • Additional vocals by Knights of the White Shadow
  • Audio engineering by Jamie Reed Schefman
  • Additional programming by Patrick Nissley
  • Mixed by Serban Ghenea
  • Engineered for Mix by John Hanes at Mixstar Studios, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Mastered by Howie Weinberg and Dan Gerbarg at Howie Weinberg Mastering, Los Angeles, California

Credits adapted from Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams album liner notes.[10]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Year Ceremony Award Result
2013 Kerrang! Awards Best Video Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Best Rock Video Won
Best Art Direction Nominated
Best Cinematography Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Video Nominated
Camerimage Best Music Video Nominated
Best Cinematography in a Music Video Nominated
2014 MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best Group Video Nominated

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Canada[36] March 18, 2013 Digital download Virgin
United States[37]
Italy[38] Contemporary hit radio Universal
France[39] March 19, 2013 Digital download
Germany[40]
  • Virgin
  • Universal
Italy[41]
Spain[42]
United Kingdom[43]
United States[44] Modern rock
Australia[45] March 20, 2013 Digital download Virgin
United States[46] April 8, 2013 Active rock
  • Virgin
  • Capitol

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