25 celebrities you didn’t know had music careers

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Jared Leto

This one probably isn’t surprising to anyone. Jared Leto has had a very successful music career along with his thriving film career. He’s managed to keep both going for years and has kept them completely separate for the most part.

Jared has been the vocalist of the band Thirty Seconds to Mars since he first founded the group back in 1998, along with his brother Shannon Leto on the drums. The band has gone through a lot of changes over the years, but the two constants were always Jared and Shannon.

Thirty Seconds to Mars released their debut self-titled album in 2002. The album received great reviews but wasn’t exactly a huge commercial success. But for their first album, and for a band fronted by a well-known actor, great reviews are a good start. It was the band’s sophomore album that really put them on the map.

They released A Beautiful Lie in 2005, and it has since gone on to sell 1.2 million copies in the United States. The album featured the singles “A Beautiful Life”, “Attack”, and their hit “The Kill”. The album once again received favorable reviews, with many critics praising Jared for his writing skills and his vocals. Thirty Seconds to Mars was no longer just a side project, Jared was finally being recognized for being a singer as much as he was for being an actor.

The band has released three more albums since A Beautiful Lie, This Is War (2009), Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams (2013), and most recently, America (2018). They have toured all around the world, and have sold over 15 million albums worldwide.

In fact, Jared Leto might be one of the more successful singer/actors, and definitely the most successful one on this list at the very least. He’s an Oscar winner and he’s the frontman of a world-famous rock band. You can’t ask for much more in Hollywood!