Elevate (Big Time Rush album)

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Studio album by Big Time Rush
Released November 21, 2011 (2011-11-21)
Recorded 2011
Length 40:46
Label Nick, Columbia

Ryan Tedder, Lucas Secon, J.R Rotem, OFM, Big Time Rush, Chris Rojas (RMI), S*A*M and Sluggo,

Cutfather, Damon Sharpe, Toby Gad, Infinity, Eric Sanicola, Johnny Powers Severin
Big Time Rush chronology
Big Time Movie Soundtrack

Elevate is the second studio album by American boy band Big Time Rush. It was released on November 21, 2011 by Columbia Records in association with Nickelodeon. The band worked with accomplished songwriters and producers for the album. These include those that assisted with the material from their debut album, such as Emanuel Kiriakou, Lindy Robbins, Nicholas Furlong, Damon Sharpe, Eric Sanicola and Lucas Secon, along with other notable songwriters and producers, such as JR Rotem, Christopher Stewart, The-Dream, Jay Sean, and Ryan Tedder. The production process of the album took place between nine months to a year, most of which was during their touring process.

The album acts as the soundtrack to the Nickelodeon television series of the same name, which features songs that appeared in the series' second season and the television movie, Big Time Movie. Following the success of their first release, the band was inspired to be more involved in the writing process for this album, writing together or separately a total of eight songs. Elevate is mainly a pop and dance album, which incorporates elements of several musical genres such as electropop, urban pop, synthpop and rock with an Europop vibe in some tracks. The first single from Elevate, "Music Sounds Better with U", was released on November 1, 2011.


TeenNick hosted a listening party in support of the band's new album, premiering every song on the album along with playing episodes that contain songs from the album and playing the music video for the first single, "Music Sounds Better With You". Nickelodeon hosted a thirty-minute special called Big Time Rush: Music Sounds Better With U in which scenes from the band's tour and studio recording sessions are compiled together for airing.[1] The scenes feature information about the recording and production of the album.[1]

Better With U Tour[edit]

A tour for the album was announced in early fall 2011, with the title "Better With U" taken from the album's first single. The tour began on February 17, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada and ended at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on March 9, 2012. JoJo and One Direction were the opening acts for the tour. While visiting the United Kingdom in 2012, the band revealed 4 alternate covers for the album exclusive to the country, each one featuring individual pictures of each of the members and an autograph. These Special Editions were released at the same time the regular UK edition did (February 6) and share the same tracklist. These special covers are presented in slipcase package.[2][3][4][5]


"Music Sounds Better With U", featuring Mann, was released as first single on November 1, 2011. The music video was released November 12, 2011 during their brand new special, Big Time Rush: Music Sounds Better With U. The second and last single was "Windows Down", released on June 25, 2012 from the re-released version.

Promotional singles[edit]

"If I Ruled the World", featuring Iyaz, was released on July 22, 2011. The music video was released July 23, 2011 and features the guys traveling and performing for their fans. It was predicted as a Future Hit by This Must Be Pop Awards.[6] "Elevate" was re-released on April 21, 2012.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Music Sounds Better with U" (featuring Mann) Big Time Rush, Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle, Eric Bellinger, Frank Musker, Noel Zancanella, Alain Quême[citation needed] Tedder 3:09
2. "Show Me"   Lucas Secon, Wayne Hector, Donald McLean Secon 2:51
3. "All Over Again"   Brian Seals, Damon Sharpe, Drew Ryan Scott Brian Kennedy, Dante Jones 3:37
4. "No Idea"   Alexander Gaskarth, Terius Nash, Christopher Stewart, Hanna Kasper Stewart, The-Dream, Kuk Harrell 4:59
5. "Cover Girl"   Kendall Schmidt, Toby Gad, Lindy Robbins Gad 3:00
6. "Love Me, Love Me"   Big Time Rush, Christopher Rojas, Damon Sharpe, Ole Broderson, Mich Hansen, Kasper Larsen, Mich Hansen, Rojas, Sharpe 3:01
7. "If I Ruled the World" (featuring Iyaz) Emanuel Kiriakou, Evan Bogart, Robbins Kiriakou 3:00
8. "Invisible"   Carlos Pena, Charley Greenberg, Cody Williams, Daniel Andrew Wayne, Jonathan Rotem Rotem 3:20
9. "Time of Our Life"   Logan Henderson, Nicholas RAS Furlong, Jordan Suecof, Antario Holmes DayThree_Tario, Infinity 3:27
10. "Superstar"   Big Time Rush, Jay Sean, Bobby Bass, J-Remy, Jared Cotter, Khaled Rohaim J-Remy, Bobby Bass, Sharpe 3:23
11. "You're Not Alone"   Schmidt, Steven Batty, Carlos Batty, Rojas Rojas 3:53
12. "Elevate"   James Maslow, Sharpe, Johnny Powers Severin, Eric Sanicola RedOne 3:06
Total length:
  • "No Idea" is a re-arrangement of All Time Low's song, from the album Dirty Work and with the additional production of Kuk Harrell.
  • "Windows Down", the bonus track from the 2012 re-release, samples "Song 2" by Blur.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Formats Label
Worldwide November 18, 2011[9] CD, digital download[9] Sony Music Entertainment,[9] Nick,[9] Columbia[9]
United Kingdom February 6, 2012 CD, digital download Sony Music Entertainment, Nick, RCA Records
Japan January 6, 2012 Digital download Sony Music Entertainment Japan, Nick
Philippines March 17, 2012 CD Sony Music Entertainment, Nick, Columbia, Ivory Music & Video (distributor)
United States November 21, 2011 CD, Digital download Nick, Columbia