Big Time Rush (band)
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|Big Time Rush|
(From left to right) Logan Henderson, James Maslow, Kendall Schmidt and Carlos Pena Jr..
|Also known as||BTR|
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, US|
|Years active||2009– present (2014 Hiatus)|
|Associated acts||Heffron Drive Jordin Sparks|
Carlos Pena Jr.
Big Time Rush (also known as BTR) is an American boy band created in 2009 for Nickelodeon's television series Big Time Rush. The group consists of Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos PenaVega., and Logan Henderson. They were signed to a record deal with Nick Records simultaneously with the television series, and then the group was eventually signed to Columbia Records. The show ran from November 27, 2009 to July 25, 2013.
The series' pilot episode featured the group's first promotional single, "Big Time Rush". Since the cancellation of the show, they have released two EPs, (Holiday Bundle & Big Time Movie Soundtrack) as well as three studio albums, (BTR, Elevate & 24/Seven) of which all three albums have charted in more than 21 countries individually, (with the exception of 24/Seven as it charted in more than 30 countries) and were all certified Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum in many countries selling millions of copies in the US and worldwide. During their career, they have won many prestigious and popular music awards, including eight Kid's Choice Awards, four Bravo Otto Awards, two Popstar Magazine Music Awards, one Popcrush Music Award in 2012, along with many others. In 2014, Big Time Rush won their very first World Music Award for "World's Best Live Act Performer" at the 22nd Annual World Music Awards. As of 2012, their net worth, collectively, was estimated to be around $22.8 million dollars. They have headlined over five US/world tours, performing in many sold-out arena & stadium shows, over the past 5 years to over millions of fans. They were also voted the best boy band in the world in 2012 with over 800,000 votes casted for Parade Magazine's first ever "Boy Band Smackdown" sponsored by Wetpaint Entertainment. They are the only boy band to have three number one singles on the Malaysian radio singles chart. As of 2014, Big Time Rush have sold well over 21 million records worldwide, making them one of the best selling boy bands of all time.
2009–10: Career beginnings and BTR
Nickelodeon signed Big Time Rush to a record deal in 2009 simultaneously with the television series, Big Time Rush. Then, Nickelodeon partnered with Columbia/Epic Label Group to produce the show and include the original music to the show. For the series, their debut single, "Big Time Rush", was released on November 29, 2009. Officially announced by Nickelodeon, the series was first broadcast in the U.S. in November 2009, until it was eventually released worldwide. It debuted during a one-hour special preview of the series and it is currently the show's opening theme. The series also saw the releases of other singles including "City is Ours" and "Any Kind of Guy". Big Time Rush also covered a Play song titled "Famous". The song was released on iTunes on June 29, 2010. Another song, "Halfway There", was released to iTunes on April 27, 2010 after its premiere on the series. The single has become their first to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 93 due to strong digital sales.
On September 21, 2010, Big Time Rush released a promotional single, "Till I Forget About You", to promote the release of their debut album. The album, titled BTR, was released on October 11, 2010. Soon after the release, the band went to Baltimore on October 12, 2010 to do an autograph signing at Arundel Mills Mall. The album debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200, selling 67,000 copies in its first week of release. The album also peaked at number 4 on the Internet Albums chart and number one on the Soundtracks chart. Its track "Big Night" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 79, making it their highest peaking song. The album was later certified Gold for shipments of 500,000 copies in the U.S., over 30,000 copies were sold in Mexico resulting in its second level of Gold. later on it had received a platinum certification in Mexico for selling 60,000 copies. It was also certified 5x Platinum in Greece for selling 60,000 copies. BTR sales stand at over 5,000,000 worldwide as of 2013. In November 2010, it was announced that a Christmas special of Big Time Rush would debut later that month, and that a Christmas EP would be released to coincide with the episode. The EP, titled Holiday Bundle was released on November 30, 2010. They covered "All I Want for Christmas is You", originally performed by Mariah Carey, with fellow Nickelodeon star Miranda Cosgrove, but was not released as so. Instead it was released as just them and it came with a new Christmas beat, "Beautiful Christmas". both releases went on to become one of the few best selling holiday songs of all time on iTunes by a boy band group.
On February 15, 2011, "Boyfriend" was released as the band's first official single to mainstream US radio. "Boyfriend" peaked at number seventy-two on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their most successful song to date. It peaked at number 30 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart in March 2011. A remix of "Boyfriend" which featured New Boyz was leaked onto the internet. Big Time Rush was nominated for MTV's Breakthrough Band award honor in 2011 as well. Big Time Rush has made several appearances at KCA (Kid's Choice Awards.) Also, Big Time Rush was nominated for the 2013 Premios Oye! award in Mexico (similar to the Grammy award in the United States), with their single "Boyfriend" nominated for the Best International English Song of the Year. However, they lost to Rihanna's single "Diamonds".
2011–12: Elevate and film
The group announced they would be recording their second studio album, just after Nickeloden renewed the series for a third season. On July 22, 2011, the band released a promotional single, "If I Ruled the World" featuring Iyaz, in anticipation of their second album, Elevate. Elevate was released on November 21, 2011 and debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200, selling over 70,000 copies in its first week. Though for a lower peaking than their previous, the album sold more copies than the previous album. The first single, "Music Sounds Better with U", written by the band and Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic, was released on November 1, 2011. The song peaked at number twenty-six on the US Pop Songs. Elevate was certified double platinum in the Summer of 2013 for selling over 2 million copies worldwide by the International Federation of The Phonographic Industry later on in 2014 it sold 4.4 million copies worldwide.
To promote the release of their second album, the group had their first headlining tour, the Better With U Tour, which took place over sixteen dates in February and March 2012. JoJo opened for Big Time Rush for the first five dates, while One Direction opened for ten of the sixteen dates. In late February, Big Time Rush announced a national summer tour starting July 5 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH.  Cody Simpson, Rachel Crow and Leon Thomas III will be the opening acts in the American venues, whereas Victoria Duffield and Tyler Medeiros will be opening in the Canadian cities.
Their single, "Windows Down", was released on June 25, 2012. With its success, the song peaked at 35 on the US Pop Songs and 15 on the US Heatseekers Songs. The song then debuted at 97 on the Hot 100. It was included on a re-release of the group's second album, Elevate. The summer single also took the number one spot on MTV Brazil's top 10 most popular music videos of 2012. Windows Down also stole the top of the radio charts in Singapore's top 30 official radio charts, and became the group's second straight number one single on the top 30 Malaysian singles radio chart following Music Sounds Better With U ft. Mann in 2011, making it their overall best selling single of the year as well. It was certified Silver in the US for selling 120,000 copies. It was also certified Gold by IFPI and earned a Gold certification in Chile. As of 2013, Windows Down has sold over one million total copies around the world.
The band announced they would be starring in their full-length 2012 film, Big Time Movie. The movie features them travelling to London, England. In Big Time Movie, the four members of the band Big Time Rush head to London for their first big world tour but instead get mixed up in a mission to save the world. The film was released on March 10, 2012 in the US to Theaters, while a Germany release was on September 22, 2012. Due to the promotion, the group recorded cover of The Beatles songs and released an EP, Big Time Movie Soundtrack EP. However, the film received mixed to positive reviews from most contemporary film critics, many comparing them to The Monkees but praising their fun, carefree image. However, the film was a commercial success, having over 13 million views in a week.
2013–present: 24/Seven and hiatus
In 2013 Nickelodeon renewed the Big Time Rush series for a 13-episode fourth season, production started on January 7. The band also released a song titled "Like Nobody's Around" for the new season. It is on their third album. On April 15, in an interview on Cambio, Big Time Rush announced that "24/seven" would be released sometime in early June 2013 and that the fourth season of "Big Time Rush" will air on May 2, 2013. On April 18, Big Time Rush revealed that "24/Seven" would be released either June 4 or 11, 2013. On April 20, nine tracks from the album (plus "Song for You" without the Karmin vocals and "Get Up" with only Kendall's vocals) was leaked. On June 4, EW released the full 10-song Standard version of 24/Seven online. The Deluxe version of 24/Seven has also been leaked on YouTube and a different version of "Love Me Again" was leaked with it. EW released a different version of "Get Up" and "Song For You" than what was leaked previously.
Big Time Rush's 3rd album 24/Seven was released on June 11, 2013 and revealed the album cover and track list April 29, 2013. It was certified Both Gold and Platinum like their previous two albums BTR and Elevate in Mexico. It was also certified Gold in Venezuela and Colombia. It was also certified Platinum in Greece for selling 16,000 copies. 24/Seven entered the charts in more than 30 different countries and was No.1 in most of them. On March 29, 2013, the Summer Break Tour was officially announced by the band. It was also revealed that Victoria Justice would join the band on this tour. The tour began on June 21, 2013 and ended on August 15, 2013 in Mexico. The members of Big Time Rush are currently[when?] on a short hiatus pursuing other ventures personally. Big Time Rush were nominated for World's Best Group, Best Album and Best Live Act for the ceremony in Monte Carlo, Monaco at the Salle des Etoiles Venue for the 22nd annual World Music Awards on May 27, 2014. It was later confirmed that same night after the awards show that Big Time Rush had won the World's Best Live Act trophy, which makes Big Time Rush the very first and only Nickelodeon act or artist in history to win a World Music Award trophy to date.
In 2014, the band embarked on their new concert tour called Big Time Rush Live 2014 World Tour, to support their latest album, 24/Seven. It's their fourth official tour and their first world tour. The tour began on February 7, 2014 in Grand Prairie Texas and finished on February 23, 2014 in Guatemala. Despite its name, the tour is not quite a world tour as there were only 11 shows in total and only in United States and parts of Latin America. All of Big Time Rush's members are currently pursuing their own dreams away from the band and Kendall stated that they currently have nothing planned for Big Time Rush, causing the hiatus. They still keep in touch as of now. Although Big Time Rush is on a "break", they are not officially split up. The members have stated multiple times that they are still very much a band, and are willing to tour again. Their official "Big Time Rush" Twitter account is still active.
Musical style and themes
Because the group is associated with the TV series and children network Nickelodeon, they have been presented as a "child-friendly" group, but have musical differences. In a review of their first studio album, BTR, Jessica Dawson from Common Sense Media wrote: "Big Time Rush is a standout, not only because of their boyish charm and good looks, but because their music is a cool blend of synth-pop, hip-hop, and boy-band harmonies."
"I think the music could stand alone, but I don't know if it would be as powerful. The show has definitely been our main audience. We have four million kids watching. So when you put a song out, four million kids hear it. When you put a song on the radio, you're not going to have four million people listening. It's a blessing and a curse being on Nickelodeon – it's gotten us where we are now, though some people are standoffish to us because of that. But we have to be grateful that Nickelodeon gave us this opportunity. Abandoning the show would not be the best idea."
The group has been compared[by whom?] to recent boy bands such as One Direction and The Wanted. However, recent boy bands including One Direction and The Wanted have also not received rave outcomes. Michael O'Connell from The Hollywood Reporter said "One Direction is but one group in this resilient and timeless fad. They follow the recent success of fellow Brits [The Wanted] and Nickelodeon's cross-market creation [Big Time Rush]. One [One Direction] is fluke. Two [The Wanted] is a coincidence. And three [Big Time Rush] is a trend that you want to father your unborn children.' Melinda Newman from Washington Post stated "In the grand tradition of boy bands, these acts share certain traits with their similarly manufactured pop ancestors: Members of the Wanted and Big Time Rush auditioned for their parts at a casting call. The members of One Direction were put together by Simon Cowell after trying out individually for the British edition of “The X Factor.”" However, she positively compared them to The Monkees by saying "Big Time Rush is similar to the Monkees with its own TV series as a launchpad, and the group appeals to kids, tweens, Teens and also Adults. They are also credited as the pop group that have once again restored creditably, relevance and for relaunching boy bands back into the public eye once again."
In Parade Magazine's 2012 poll, Big Time Rush was voted the "Best Boy Band in the World," topping both One Direction and The Wanted. Over 800,000 votes were cast. The quartet was featured on the cover of the August 5, 2012 issue of Parade which was a national top seller. An interview and photo set highlighting the group's win that coincided with the honor was featured in the same issue. The magazine's web site also featured the group amongst its list of "Greatest Boy Bands of All-Time," along with the bands NSYNC, and Backstreet Boys. The Washington Times Magazine ranked Big Time Rush Number 15 of their Top 20 Best Boy Bands of the decade in 2012. and number 28 on the pop goes the charts website of the Top 40 Best Boy Bands of the past 25 years in 2013.
- Studio albums
- Extended plays
- Holiday Bundle EP (2010)
- Big Time Movie Soundtrack EP (2012)
- Big Time Rush in Concert (2011)
- Better with U Tour (2012)
- Big Time Summer Tour (2012)
- Summer Break Tour (2013)
- Big Time Rush Live 2014 World Tour (2014)
Awards and nominations
|2010||Australian Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite International Music Group||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2010||Australian Kids Choice Awards||Favorite International TV Stars||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2010||Bravo Otto Best of 2010 Awards||Best Band||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2010||Popstar Awards||Best Boy Band or Group||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2011||Australian Kids Choice Awards||Hottest Guy Hotties||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2011||Australian Kids Choice Awards||Favorite TV Stars||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2011||UK Kids Choice Awards||Favourite Band||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2011||UK Kids Choice Awards||Favourite TV Show||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2011||Popstar Awards||Best Music Group||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2011||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Music Group||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2011||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Show||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2011||MTV Mexico Music Awards||Most Popular Video||Boyfriend Ft.Snoop Dogg||Won|
|2011||Kids' Choice Awards Mexico||Favorite International Music Group||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2011||Kids' Choice Awards Mexico||Favorite International TV Show||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2011||Kids' Choice Awards Brazil||Favorite TV Character||James Maslow||Nominated|
|2011||Kids' Choice Awards Brazil||Favorite International Artist||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2011||Kids' Choice Awards Brazil||Favorite International Artist/Group||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2011||Kids' Choice Awards Argentina||Favorite International Artist||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2011||MTV Europe Music Awards||Best New Push Artist||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2011||Youth Rocks Awards||Rockin' Group of the Year||Nominated|
|2011||MTV BuzzWorthy Awards||Favorite Breakthrough Band or Artist of The year||Nominated|
|2011||Astra Awards Australia||Favorite International Actor/Personality||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2011||Astra Awards Australia||Favorite Program International||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2011||TJ Martell Awards Gala||Charitable Honoree||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2011||German Viva End Year Charts||Best End of The Year Track||Boyfriend ft. Snoop Dogg||Nominated|
|2011||Q102 Radio Awards||Best in Studio Q Performance||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2011||Teen Icon Awards||Iconic Band||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2011||Teen Icon Awards||Iconic Triple Threat||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Music Group||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2012||Z Boy Band Awards||Best Current Boy Band||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Teen Icon Awards||Iconic Band/Group||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Teen Icon Awards||Iconic Band||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Teen Icon Awards||Icon of The Year||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Teen Icon Awards||Iconic Music Video||Windows Down||Nominated|
|2012||Teen Icon Awards||Iconic YouTube Video||Carlos Pena & Friends||Won|
|2012||MTV Brazil Top Video Award||Most Popular International Music Video||Windows Down||Won|
|2012||Planeta Awards Peru||Best Boy Band of The Year||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2012||Brazilian Capricho Awards||Favorite International Band||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Austrian Xpress StarWahl Awards||Best Band in The World of The Year||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Popstar Awards||Best Music Group||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Brazilian Kids Choice Awards||Favorite International Artist||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Kids Choice Awards Brazil||Favorite International TV Show||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Kids Choice Awards Argentina||Favorite International TV Show||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Kids Choice Awards Argentina||Favorite International Artist or Group||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2012||Spanish Celebrities Awards||International Music Group||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||CelebBritain Pop Music Awards||Best International Music Group||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Kids' Choice Awards Mexico||Favorite International Artist||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Kids' Choice Awards Mexico||Favorite International TV Series||Big Time Rush – Cast||Nominated|
|2012||Popcrush Music Awards||Video of the Year||Windows Down||Won|
|2012||Hollywood Teen TV Awards||Favorite Musical Group||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2012||RCS Awards||Best Group||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2012||Golden Bravo Otto Awards||Best Super Pop Artist/Group||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2012||Golden-Bravo-Otto-Awards||Favorite Internet Star||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Hollywood Teen TV Awards||Favorite TV Actor||Kendall Schmidt||Nominated|
|2012||Kids Choice Awards Argentina||Favorite International Artist||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2012||Premios Telehit Awards||Best International Pop Group||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Premios Telehit Awards||Most Popular Artist in Telehit||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2013||Kids Choice Awards||Favorite Music Group||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2013||Kids Choice Awards||Favorite TV Actor||Carlos Pena Jr.||Nominated|
|2013||Kids Choice Awards||#1 Fan Army||Rushers||Won|
|2013||TV Grama Awards||Most Famous International Pop Artist/Group||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2013||Bravo Otto Awards Hungary||Breakthrough Revelation of The Year||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2013||Kids Choice Awards Mexico||Favorite International TV Show||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2013||Kids Choice Awards Mexico||Favorite International Artist or Group||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2013||Kids' Choice Awards Argentina||Favorite International Series||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2013||EOTM Awards||Best Pop Duo or Music Group||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2013||Popcrush Hottest Stars of 2013||Hottest Male Star||James Maslow||Won|
|2013||Fuse TV Awards||Best New Artist||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2013||Premios Oye!||Best International English Single of The Year||Boyfriend ft. Snoop Dogg||Nominated|
|2013||Premios Telehit Awards||Boy Band of The Year||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2013||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Music Group||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2013||Teen Icon Awards||Iconic Vine User||Kendall Schmidt||Nominated|
|2013||Teen Icon Awards||Iconic Group/Band||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2013||Bravo Otto Awards Germany||Best Global Band||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2013||Silver Bravo Otto Awards||Best Super Pop Band||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2013||Bravo-Otto-Awards-Spain||Best International Band||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2013||Planeta Peru Awards||Best BoyBand Of The Year||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2013||German Music Awards||Best International Band||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2014||Popcrush Music Awards||Artist of The Year||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2014||Popcrush Music Awards||Best Live Performer||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2014||Popcrush Music Awards||Song of the Year||24/Seven||Nominated|
|2014||Popcrush Music Awards||Album of The Year||24/Seven||Nominated|
|2014||Shorty Awards||Best Band in Social Media||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2014||Shorty Awards||Best TV Show||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2014||World Music Awards||World's Best Selling Group||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2014||World Music Awards||World's Best Selling Album||24/Seven||Nominated|
|2014||World Music Awards||World's Best Selling Pop Group||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2014||World's Music Awards||World's Best Selling American Group||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2014||World Music Awards||World's Best Live Act||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2014||Philippines Pop Chart Awards||Fandom of The Year||Rushers||Nominated|
|2014||Bravo-Otto-Awards Hungary||Best Internationally Assembled Group||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2014||Q102 Awards||The Next Big Pop Star in Music||Heffron Drive (Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt)||Won|
|2014||MTV Awards||MTV'S Star||Big Time Rush||Pending|
|2014||MTV Awards||MTV'S Hottest Global Summer Superstar||Big Time Rush||Pending|
|2014||Popcrush Awards||Hottest Male Star of The Year||James Maslow||Nominated|
|2014||Kids choice Awards Colombia||Favorite International Group or Artist||Big Time Rush||Pending|
|2014||Kids Choice Awards Colombia||Favorite International TV Show||Big Time Rush||Pending|
|2014||Young Hollywood Awards||Hottest Body of Work||James Maslow||Pending|
- Marvin Marvin – themselves
- How to Rock – themselves
- Figure It Out – themselves
- Brain Surge – themselves
- Big Time Rush – themselves
- Dancing with the Stars – themselves and James Maslow as a contestant for season 18.
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