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May 20, 2013 (7:24 am) GMT
The Jared Leto-led band precedes the tale of 'Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams' they are going to tell in their next studio installment with a chart-busting single 'Up in the Air'.

Four years after they scored a success with their third studio album "", is back for chart domination. , Shannon Leto and Tomo Milicevic are eying for a notable spot on Billboard charts with their latest studio creation "".

Written and recorded around the world from Europe to India to the bands studio in California, the album was produced by Jared with the help of famed record producer Steve Lillywhite (, , ). The frontman wanted "an album that has ebb and flow and content and structure."

Jared said that this was more than an evolution. It's a brand new beginning that led them to an entirely new place, which is exciting, unexpected, and incredibly inspiring. Revolving around the themes that the album is named after, the LP is divided into four segments with "Lust" track "Up in the Air" picked as the first single.

The band celebrated the single in an unconventional release. They sent a copy of the single to NASA and SpaceX for launch aboard the Dragon spacecraft on SpaceX CRS-2. It became the first ever commercial copy of music into space.

Ahead of the album's release in the United States on May 21, "Up in the Air" already reached No. 16 on Billboard Rock Songs, climbed to No. 4 on Alternative Songs, and peaked at No. 29 on Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks.

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