Big Time Rush (band)
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Genres||Pop, R&B, dance, electronic rock, Pop Rock|
Carlos Pena, Jr.
Big Time Rush (also known as BTR) is an American Pop/Rock Boy Band. The band consists of Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos Pena, Jr., and Logan Henderson. The band first found fame with its TV series Big Time Rush which premiered in 2009. The group was signed to a record deal with Nick Records simultaneously with the television series, and then the group was eventually signed to Columbia/Epic Label Group. Big Time Rush is no longer a TV program, since the last episode was "Big Time Dream". The show ran from 11/12/09 to 7/25/13.
The group's first promotional single as a band was the song with the same name, which was featured in the series' pilot big time audition. The group eventually started recording their first studio album and in October 2010, Big Time Rush's debut album, BTR was released. The album entered the Billboard 200 at number three, selling over 60,000 copies in its first week, as well as entering charts in countries around the world, including Mexico, Greece, Venezuela, Ireland, Belgium, Portugal, Scotland, Switzerland, Deutschland, Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom. The boys' first official single, "Boyfriend" peaked at number seventy-two on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
In June 2013, Big Time Rush released its third studio album, 24/Seven. The group's third offering debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, marking the second time the band debuted inside the top five. 24/Seven sold over 36,000 copies in its first week of availability and has sold 82,355 copies as of August 9th, 2013. "Like Nobody's Around" was released as a promotional single while the title track 24/Seven was released as the album's first single on June 19, 2013 along with a full-length music video. The single entered various radio charts worldwide on release not including airplay in the United States and contiunes to show Global Scale Success with sales and airplay internationally. They also had a summer break tour for their third studio album 24/Seven with Victoria Justice which was from June 2013 to August 2013. It ended in September 2013 in Australia for Slimefest.
2009-2010: Career beginnings, deals and BTR
Nickelodeon signed Big Time Rush 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 Nickeloden, 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 and it has sold over 3,000,000 copies worldwide. 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.
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 prestigious 2013 Premios OYE award in Mexico (which is also equivalent to the Grammys in the United States), with their massive global hit single "Boyfriend" nominated for the Best International English Song of the Year. However, they lost to Rihanna's single "Diamonds".
2011-2012: Elevate and touring
The group announced they would be recording their second studio album, just after Nickeloden re-newed 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.
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 37 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 hit single also Won an honor at MTV Brazil as it took the number one spot on the top 10 videos of 2012. Windows Down also made it to the top of the charts in Singapore, and even scored big time rush their second straight number one single on the top 30 Malaysian singles radio chart. making it their overall biggest hit single of the year. as of 2013, Windows Down has sold over 1 million copies around the world.
2012-2013: Film debut, 24/Seven and Summer Break Tour
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 10 March 2012 in the US, while a Germany release was on 22 September 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.
On August 6, 2012 Nickelodeon renewed the Big Time Rush series for a 13-episode fourth season, production started on January 7, 2013. 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" will 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" will 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. None of the group members have made any remarks on the incident as of now. 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. on July 3, 2013 24/Seven was certified Gold in Mexico for shipping over 30,000 copies and Later Won Gold status in Venezuela after Going number 1 and selling over 7,000 copies. it's currently still one of The top selling Records In Mexico as of November, 2013. 24/Seven is also one the fastest selling pop albums on iTunes of 2013 by a Music Group so far. it has Charted in over 30 different Country Charts Worldwide in 2013. On March 29, 2013, it was announced that Big Time Rush would be going on tour to promote their album, 24/Seven. The tour began on June 21, 2013 and Ended on August 15 in Mexico City.
On March 29, 2013, it was announced that Big Time Rush would be going on tour to promote their album, 24/Seven. The tour began on June 21, 2013 in America and Concluded on August 15, 2013 in Mexico, City.
Big Time Rush have acquired a total of 3 straight number one singles in Malaysia with Music Sounds Better with U, Windows Down and recently their single 24/Seven. they hold the record for having the most number one singles on a Malaysian singles chart by an American Boy band Ever. their other single, Confetti Falling became a number one hit in Singapore topping the top 30 Countdown singles chart after being released. as of August 20, 2013 Big Time Rush is currently in the running for 2 World Music Awards. Both for World's Best Group and 24/Seven for World's Best Selling Album. they along with fellow Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande are the First and only Artist from the network to be nominated for such an Award. and are 2 of the most successful Artist to emerge from Nickelodeon as well of all time.
As of 2011, it was rumored that the band will release a 3D concert film, sometime in late 2014 or early 2015. A unofficial documentary, titled Big Time Rush: Elevation, was released August 6, 2013, by the independent film company, UNRWORLD. It was released on Amazon.com and is 85 minutes long.
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.
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. While reviewing their first studio album, BTR, Jessica Dawson from Common Sense, she stated "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." The music found on BTR is mainly pop and R&B. The music found on the album is child-appropriate, as it serves as not only their debut album, but the soundtrack to their self-titled series.
"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 to recent boy bands such as One Direction and The Wanted. However, in most reviewers, Big Time Rush has been divided with positivety and negativity from onlookers. 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. 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," joining the likes of Fellow Legendary Boy band Icons NSYNC, and Backstreet Boys. Also, 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)
Awards and nominations
|2010||2010 Australian Kids' Choice Awards||Fave International Band||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2010||2010 Australian Kids Choice Awards||Fave International TV Stars||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2010||Teen Icon Awards||Iconic TV Show||Big Time Rush - Cast||Nominated|
|2010||Teen Icon Awards||Iconic Triple Threat||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2010||Golden Bravo Otto Awards||Best International Boy Band||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2010||Popstar Awards||Favorite Music Band/Duo||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2010||Popstar Awards||Favorite TV Show||Big Time Rush - Cast||Nominated|
|2011||Popstar Awards||Best TV Actor||Kendall Schmidt||Nominated|
|2011||Popstar Awards||Best TV Actor||James Maslow||Nominated|
|2011||Popstar Awards||Best TV Actor||Carlos Pena jr||Nominated|
|2011||Popstar Awards||Best TV Actor||Logan Henderson||Nominated|
|2011||Popstar Awards||Male Hottie||James Maslow||Nominated|
|2011||Popstar Awards||Best Music Video||Til I Forget About You||Nominated|
|2011||Popstar Awards||Best Album||BTR||Nominated|
|2011||PopStar Awards||Best TV Show||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2011||PopStar Awards||Best TV Movie||Big Time Beach Party||Nominated|
|2011||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Music Group||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2011||Kids Choice Awards||Favorite TV Show||Big Time Rush - Cast||Nominated|
|2011||Australian Kids' Choice Awards||Hottest Guy Hottie||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2011||Germany's International Newcomer Award||Best New International Artist||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2011||Germany Jahreschart Viva Chart Award||Top 100 End of The Year Single||Boyfriend ft. Snoop Dogg||Nominated|
|2011||Australian Kids Choice Awards||Favorite TV Star||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2011||Brazilian Kids Choice Awards||Favorite International TV Series||Big Time Rush - Cast||Nominated|
|2011||Brazilian Kids Choice Awards||Favorite International Music Artist||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2011||Brazilian Kids Choice Awards||Favorite International Comic TV Actor||James Maslow||Nominated|
|2011||K-Zone Awards||Best Group of The Year||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2011||UK Kids Choice Awards||Favourite Nickelodeon Group||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2011||UK Kids Choice Awards||Favourite Nickelodeon TV Show||Big Time Rush - Cast||Nominated|
|2011||Buzznet Video Music Awards||Best Rock Video||Til I Forget About You||Nominated|
|2011||Buzznet Video musics Awards||Best Pop Video||Boyfriend ft. Snoop Dogg||Nominated|
|2011||Buzznet Video Music Awards||Video of The Year||Boyfriend ft. Snoop Dogg||Nominated|
|2011||MTV Mexico Video Awards||Most Popular Video of The Year||Boyfriend ft. Snoop Dogg||Won|
|2011||Q102 Q Awards||Best Studio Q Performance of The Year||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2011||Popstar Awards||Favorite Music Band/Duo||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2011||Kids' Choice Awards Mexico||Favorite International Artist||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2011||Kids Choice Awards Mexico||Favorite International TV Series||Big Time Rush - Cast||Won|
|2011||Kid's Choice Awards Argentina 2011||Favorite International TV Series||Big Time Rush Cast||Nominated|
|2011||Kids' Choice Awards Argentina 2011||Favorite International Singer||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2011||Kid Choice Awards Argentina 2011||Favorite Song||Boyfriend||Won|
|2011||MTV Europe Music Awards||Best Push||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2011||MTV UK Europe Music Awards 2011||Best International Push Artist||Nominated|
|2011||Kids Choice Awards Fan Army||Best Fans In Kids Choice Awards||Nominated|
|2011||Youth Rocks Awards||Rockin' Group of the Year||Nominated|
|2011||Youth Rocks Awards||Rockin' Ensemble Cast TV/Comedy||Nominated|
|2011||Australian Astra Awards 2011||Favorite international actor/Personality||Nominated|
|2011||MTV Breakthrough Band||Favorite Breakthrough Band||Nominated|
|2011||Teen Icon Awards||Iconic Band||Nominated|
|2011||Teen Icon Awards||Iconic Triple Threat||Nominated|
|2011||Nick Big House Mexico||Best TV Series||Won|
|2012||2012 Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Music Group||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2012||Kids' Choice Awards Mexico||Favorite International Artist||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Kids' Choice Awards Mexico||International TV Series||Big Time Rush - Cast||Nominated|
|2011||Popstar Awards||Best Duo or Group||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Popstar Awards||Best Song||Music Sounds Better With U||Nominated|
|2012||Popstar Awards||Best Music Video||Music Sounds Better With U||Nominated|
|2012||Popstar Awards||Best Album||Elevate||Nominated|
|2012||Popstar Awards||Best TV Actor||Kendall Schmidt||Nominated|
|2012||Popstar Awards||Best TV Actor||James Maslow||Nominated|
|2012||Popstar Awards||Best TV Actor||Carlos Pena Jr||Nominated|
|2012||Popstar Awards||Best TV Actor||Logan Henderson||Nominated|
|2012||Popstar Awards||Best TV Show||Big Time Rush - Cast||Nominated|
|2012||Popstar Awards||Best TV Movie||Big Time Movie||Nominated|
|2012||Popstar Awards||Male Hottie||Logan Henderson||Nominated|
|2012||Popstar Awards||Best Male Style Idol||James Maslow||Nominated|
|2012||Kids' Choice Awards Argentina 2012||International Artist or Group||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2012||Kids Choice Awards Brazil||Favorite International Artist||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Kids Choice Awards Brazil||Favorite International TV Series||Big Time Rush - Cast||Nominated|
|2012||Otto Awards||Best Pop Band||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2012||Bravo Golden Otto Awards||Best Internet Star of The Year||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Teen Icon Awards||Icon of The Year||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Teen Icon Awards||Iconic Band||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Teen Icon Awards||Iconic Band||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Teen Icon Awards||Iconic Band||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Hollywood Teen TV Awards||Favorite Music Group||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2012||Shorty Awards||Best Band In Social Media||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||PopCrush Music Awards||Video of The Year||Windows Down||Won|
|2012||MTV Boy Band Crown||Best Boy Band of All Time||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Popstar Awards||Favorite Music Group/Duo||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||J-14 Teen Icon Awards||Iconic Male Star||James Maslow||Nominated|
|2012||Hollywood Teen TV Awards||Favorite TV Actor||Kendall Schmidt||Nominated|
|2012||Mexican Telehit Awards||Artist Popular in Telehit||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Mexican Telehit Awards||Popular International Band/Group||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Capricho Awards||Best International Band||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Z Boy Band Awards||Best Current Boy Band||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||Ventana de las celebrities (Spain) 2012||Best international Group of the Year||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||MTV Brazil Video Awards||Popular International Video of The Year||Windows Down||Won|
|2012||Golden Penguin Award||Band of The Year||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||TV Grama Awards||Best Pop Band||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2012||TV Grama Awards||Best International Pop TV Series||Big Time Rush - Cast||Nominated|
|2013||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Music Group||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2013||Shorty Awards||Best Music Group In Social Media||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2013||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Music Group||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2013||Premios Oye||Best International English Single of The Year||Boyfriend||Nominated|
|2013||2013 Bravo Otto Awards Germany||Best Global Band of 2013||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2013||Bravo Otto Awards||Favorite Internet Superstar of 2013||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2013||Kids Choice Awards Mexico 2013||Best International Artist||Big Time Rush||Won|
|2013||Timeout New York Hits||Song of The Summer||Windows Down||Nominated|
|2013||Timeout New York Hits||Song of The Summer||Love Me Again||Nominated|
|2013||Bravo Otto Awards Hungary||Breakout Revelation of the Year||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2013||World Music Awards||Best Selling Album in the World||24/Seven||Pending|
|2013||World Music Awards||Best Selling Group in the World||Big Time Rush||Pending|
|2013||Fuse TV Awards||Best New Artist||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2013||Kids Choice Awards||Favorite TV Actor||Carlos Pena Jr.||Nominated|
|2013||Kids Choice Awards Argentina||Favorite Intentional TV Series||Big Time Rush - Cast||Won|
|2013||Popcrush Music Awards||Male Star of The Year||James Maslow||Won|
|2013||Kids Choice Awards Brazil||Favorite International TV Series||Big Time Rush - Cast||Nominated|
|2013||EOTM Awards||Best Pop Duo or Group||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2013||Lietuvos Mylimiausi Lithuania Music Awards||Best International Group of The Year||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2013||Lietuvos Mylimiausi Lithuania Music Awards||International Song of The Year||Windows Down||Nominated|
|2013||ZMA Lithuania Music Awards||Music Superstar of The Year||Big Time Rush||Pending|
|2013||ZMA Lithuania Music Awards||Best International Band||Big Time Rush||Pending|
|2013||ZMA Lithuania Music Awards||Best International Video||24/Seven||Pending|
|2013||K-Zone Awards||Best TV Show of The Year||Big Time Rush - Cast||Pending|
|2013||K-Zone Awards||Bet Group of The Year||Big Time Rush||Pending|
|2013||K-Zone Awards||Best song of The Year||24/Seven||Pending|
|2013||K-Zone Awards||Best TV Actor||Kendall Schmidt||Pending|
|2013||Vina Del Mar Chili||Fan Choice International Artist||Big Time Rush||Pending|
|2013||J-14 Icon Awards||Iconic Vine User||Kendall Schmidt||Nominated|
|2013||J-14 Icon Awards||Iconic Band/Duo||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2013||Premios Telehit Awards||Boy Band of The Year||Big Time Rush||Nominated|
|2013||Bravo Awards Spain||International Group of The Year||Big Time Rush||Pending|
|2013||German Music Awards||Artist of The Year||Big Time Rush||Pending|
|2013||Bravo Awards Portugal||International band of The Year||Big Time Rush||Pending|
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