Boyfriend (Big Time Rush song)

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"Boyfriend"
Single by Big Time Rush featuring Snoop Dogg
from the album BTR
Released February 8, 2011
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Dance-pop, hip hop, teen pop
Length 3:35 (Single Version)
3:21 (Album Version)
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Wayne Hector, Lucas Secon,
Producer(s) Lucas Secon
Certification Level:Platinum
Big Time Rush singles chronology
"Big Night"
(2010)
"Boyfriend"
(2011)
"Worldwide"
(2011)
Snoop Dogg singles chronology
"Wet"
(2010)
"Boyfriend"
(2011)
"Mr Endowed (Remix)"
(2011)

"Boyfriend" is a song recorded by American pop band Big Time Rush for their debut studio album BTR (2010). The song was produced by Lucas Secon and written by him and Wayne Hector. It features rap verses by American rapper Snoop Dogg. It was released as the album's second official single on February 8, 2011, and was solicited to mainstream radio on February 15, 2011, through Columbia Records. "Boyfriend" is a mid-tempo song that incorporates hip-hop and soulful pop sounds.

"Boyfriend" was met with mixed reviews by music critics; some praised it as a catchy single while others called it unoriginal and safe. Critics, however, praised Snoop Dogg for adding flavor to the song with his verses. The song was, however, a moderate success, charting in Austria, Germany, Mexico and the United Kingdom. In the United States, the song peaked at number seventy-two on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their highest charting single to date, and earned a gold certification for sales of 500,000 downloads and recently went platinum in April 2014 with over 1,000,000 digital copies sold so far. The music video features the band in a futuristic club setting pursuing other girls there. The song also became was one of the biggest tracks of 2011 with over 16 million views collected on YouTube so far.

Background and composition[edit]

"Boyfriend" was written and produced by Lucas Secon while Wayne Hector, credited as Wayne Anthony Hector, also provided writing.[1] In addition to writing and producing, Secon programmed and arranged the song while performing on drums and synthesizers.[1] Recording sessions took place at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California, headed by Rob Kinelski, and at Mux Music Studios in London, England, headed by Secon and Pete Hoffman, both of which mixed the song.[1] Editing through ProTools was done by Hoffman.[1] Mintman performed on the guitars, bass and keys, which was recorded at the Westlake Recording Studios.[1] "Boyfriend" was released as Big Time Rush's debut single on February 8, 2011, through digital distribution. A week later, on February 15, 2011, Columbia Records serviced the song featuring Snoop Dogg to contemporary hit radio and the version featuring the New Boyz to rhythmic crossover in the United States.[2] On April 19, 2011, a new version of the song featuring the New Boyz was released for digital distribution.

"Boyfriend" is an uptempo pop song that utilizes styles of dance-pop, hip-hop and teen-pop. The song features the use of monochromatic beats, condensed instrument sounds, layered and tuned vocals and autotune.[3] According to the digital music sheet published at Musicnotes.com by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the song is composed in a key of E major.[4] It is set in common time and has a moderate 4 tempo of 80 beats per minute.[4] The band's vocals range from E3 to B5.[4] It begins with a basic sequence of A-E-F#m-E and transitions to F#m-G#m-C#m as it chord progression.[4] The song features rap verses from Snoop Dogg and the New Boyz. The lyrics pertain to being the ideal boyfriend for someone, indicated in lines like, "I don't care at all what you've done before, all I really want is to be your boyfriend."

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

"Boyfriend" received a generally mixed response from contemporary music critics. Matt Collar of Allmusic called the "head-bobbin'" tune one of the album's highlights.[5] Jessica Dawson of Common Sense Media called the song a "catchy single" that "lingers in your head, with the boys pouting, "B-b-boy-boy-boy-boy-boyfriend," and the tune's easy, hip-pop rhythm." Dawson also commented, " No doubt fans will be wishing the guys were singing to them", awarding the song a three star rating.[6] Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian praised Snoop Dogg's verses, commenting that they add "pizzazz" to "an otherwise anodyne dance-pop tune."[7] Alistair McGeorge of Female First called it a "safe, by-the-numbers pop track that heavily relies on over-production and autotone."[8] Brandon Soderberg of Popdust gave "Boyfriend" a three star rating, commending Snoop Dogg for providing a contrast to the "oddball charm" he presents on his guest features on pop songs. Soderberg credited Snoop Dogg for "inject[ing] specificity into an otherwise pretty ordinary song" and further praised his verses for their placement, writing that they provide "a crucially rewarding sense of narrative."[9]

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, "Boyfriend" entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number seventy-nine in the issue dated March 12, 2011. The song ascended and descended on the chart for several weeks before reaching its peak at number seventy-two in the issue dated May 7, 2011.[10] "Boyfriend" shipped over 500,000 copies in the United States, earning a gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). it later went Platinum selling over 1,000,000 copies in the US by April 2014 .[11] It also peaked at number thirty-two on the Pop Songs chart and at number fifty-eight on Hot Digital Songs.[12] Across Europe, "Boyfriend" fared better on the charts. In Austria, the song peaked at number fifty-five on the singles chart.[13] In Germany, the song debuted at number fifty-one and rose to number forty-nine in the next week.[14]

Music video[edit]

The video features with Snoop Dogg living in the year 2099, and inviting Big Time Rush from the present to perform and join a party from a portal. At the party, Kendall is drinking a futuristic drink with a girl, James is dancing with two girls outside, Logan is floating around with a girl outside on a light board, and Carlos is dancing with another girl. Solo shots of the boys performing the song and scenes of the entire group performing the song on a stage is intercut throughout the video. After Snoop Dogg performs his verse, he later waves good-bye and the group exit out of the portal into 2011. It currently has 17 million views on YouTube as of April 14, 2014.

Credits[edit]

Credits adapted from BTR liner notes, Columbia Records.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[13] 55
Germany (Media Control Charts)[14] 49
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 76
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 72
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[12] 32
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[16] 36

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
USA February 8, 2011 Digital Download Columbia Records
UK February 18, 2011 Digital Download/Compact disc Columbia Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f BTR (Media notes). Columbia Records. 2010. 
  2. ^ "Airplay Archive". FMQB. Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Inc. and Mediaspan Online Services. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ Gallo, Phil (October 12, 2010). "Album: Big Time Rush, "BTR" (Nickelodeon/ Columbia)". SoundSpike. SoundSpike Media, LLC. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Big Time Rush – Boyfriend Sheet Music (Digital Download)". Musicnotes.com. Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Collar, Matt. "Big Time Rush – Big Time Rush". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Dawson, Jessica. ""Boyfriend" (CD Single) – Music Review". Common Sense Media. Common Sense Media Inc. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (July 14, 2011). "Big Time Rush: BTR – Review". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  8. ^ McGeorge, Alistair (July 14, 2011). "Album Review: Big Time Rush – BTR". Female First. First Active Media Ltd. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Soderberg, Brandon (January 18, 2011). "@ The Singles Bar: Big Time Rush Feat. Snoop Dogg, "Boyfriend"". Popdust. Popdust Inc. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Big Time Rush Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Big Time Rush. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  11. ^ "American single certifications – Big Time Rush – Boyfriend". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Big Time Rush Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Big Time Rush. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  13. ^ a b "Big Time Rush feat. Snoop Dogg – Boyfriend – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved April 22, 2011.
  14. ^ a b "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
  15. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved April 24, 2011.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Big Time Rush – Boyfriend" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 22 September 2012.

External links[edit]

Song Boyfriend to official internet site Big Time Rush – http://www.btrband.com/us/video/boyfriend-feat-snoop-dogg