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 19, 2013 (2013-03-19)
(see release history)
Format
Recorded April - December 2012 at
The International Centre for the Advancement of the Arts and Sciences of Sound
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre
Length 4:35
Label
Writer(s) Jared Leto
Thirty Seconds to Mars singles chronology
"Hurricane 2.0"
(2011)
"Up in the Air"
(2013)
"Do or Die"
(2013)
Music video
"Up in the Air" on YouTube
"Up in the Air" (Lyric Video) on YouTube

"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 19, 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 19, 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. 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]

CD, digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Up in the Air"   4:36

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams liner notes.[10]

Charts and accolades[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
International Space Station[A][1] March 4, 2013[B] CD EMI / Virgin Records / SpaceX
United States[2] March 18, 2013 Airplay EMI / Virgin Records
Europe March 19, 2013
Canada[30] Digital download
Mexico[31]
United States[32]
Australia[33] March 20, 2013
France[34]
Germany[35]
Ireland[36]
Japan[37]
New Zealand[38]
United Kingdom[39]
  • ^ The CD single sent aboard SpaceX CRS-2 counts as a commercial release.
  • ^ SpaceX CRS-2 launched on March 1, 2013, but accessibility to the single was not possible until the Dragon capsule's berthing with the ISS, which occurred on March 4, 2013, in UCT.[40]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b "Thirty Seconds To Mars, 'Up In The Air' To Be Sent Into Space By NASA". The Huffington Post. 28 February 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  4. ^ http://thirtysecondstomars.thisisthehive.net/2013/01/30/casting-call-2013/
  5. ^ Video on YouTube
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