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A Beautiful Lie (song)

"A Beautiful Lie" is a song by American rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars. The song was released as the fourth single from their second album A Beautiful Lie. It was not released in the United Kingdom as a single.

"A Beautiful Lie"
A Beautiful Lie by 30 Seconds to Mars single cover art.jpg
Single by Thirty Seconds to Mars
from the album A Beautiful Lie
ReleasedDecember 17, 2007 (2007-12-17)
GenreAlternative rock, hard rock
Songwriter(s)Jared Leto
Producer(s)Josh Abraham
Thirty Seconds to Mars singles chronology
"From Yesterday"
"A Beautiful Lie"
"Kings and Queens"
Music video
"A Beautiful Lie" on YouTube


On May 2, 2007, this was officially announced on the 30 Seconds to Mars official website, but not before checking the preference of the "Echelon". The band could not decide between "A Beautiful Lie" and "The Fantasy"; both songs contain a strong message which the band wished to deliver.[1]

The song impacted radio on July 17, 2007.[2] It did manage to chart at #37 on the U.S. Modern Rock charts in late 2007. This was due to the song receiving substantial radio airplay.

Though initially released during the summer, the release date of the song had been pushed back to early 2008, possibly due to the long delay of the music video.

Music videoEdit

According to EMI Japan, the video for "A Beautiful Lie" was going to be shot in both Alaska and the North Pole. Jared Leto then moved the video to Greenland and Iceland. The video for "A Beautiful Lie" was shot in August 2007 in Greenland. Jared has said that the video will be environmentally safe and for every download of the video, it will go to an environmental charity. Jared Leto has said on an over-the-phone interview with 99X in Atlanta that the video will be like a short film and a documentary.[3]

On 28 January it was aired through MySpace and on MTV. The video is showing the importance of global warming. The video was directed by Angakok Panipaq (a pseudonym for Leto based on a character from an Inuit children's book, SPIRITS IN THE SNOWHOUSE: THE INUIT ANGAKOK ). The video features hidden frames of coal emissions into the environment, dead animals and a cemetery of white crosses. A global warming support website is given at the end of the video

The music video has recently been shown through Rock Sound Magazines website and MySpaceTV. The Rock Sound article can be found online.[4]

The video is a montage of images of the Greenland environment interwoven with scenes of the band playing on the edge of an iceberg.


On November 6, 2007, it was revealed that the video would premiere on Yahoo! Music Premieres on November 12, 2007. Later, it was postponed for extra editing time to December 3, 2007. Then, it was announced that the video will premiere on December 5, 2007. Later, it was postponed again, and it was said the video would air sometime after Christmas according to MTV with a special "making of" of the music video aired on December 30.

The Yahoo! Music Premieres then announced that the video would be aired on January 16, 2008, but soon after the video was removed from the list of upcoming premieres.[5]

After months of delay due to heavy editing, the video finally premiered on January 30, 2008, and aired on FUSE at 6:00pm eastern time January 31, 2008.


"A Beautiful Lie" was used for the promo of the Fox TV series Lie to Me.

Track listingEdit

  1. "A Beautiful Lie" (Single Shot) – 4:05
  2. "A Beautiful Lie" (Half Caf) – 3:50
  1. "A Beautiful Lie" (Single Shot) – 4:05
  2. "A Beautiful Lie" – 3:40 (live acoustic version)
EP version
  1. "A Beautiful Lie" (Half Caf) - 3:50
  2. "A Beautiful Lie" - 4:05
  3. "A Beautiful Lie" (Acoustic) - 3:41
  4. "Attack" (Live at CBGB) - 4:14

Chart positionsEdit

Year Chart Peak
2007 Canadian Hot 100 27
2007 U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 37
2007 Czech Singles Chart 78
2008 Germany Singles Chart[6] 92
2008 Italy Singles Chart[7] 16
2008 Portuguese Singles Chart[8] 11



  1. ^ 30STM - News May 2, 2007 Archived April 22, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ " Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. July 10, 2007. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  3. ^ Interview[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "30 Seconds to Mars 'A Beautiful Lie' Archived February 3, 2008, at the Wayback Machine". Rock Sound. Retrieved on 2008-03-04.
  5. ^ Yahoo! Music Premieres Archived 2011-10-08 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ [1]. Issue Date: 2007. Retrieved in 2008.
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "Thirty Seconds To Mars - A Beautiful Lie". Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  8. ^ "30 Seconds To Mars - A Beautiful Lie - Music Charts". Retrieved 2012-01-15.

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