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Big Time Rush

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This article is about the band. For their television show, see Big Time Rush. For their debut album, see B.T.R. (album).
Big Time Rush

BTR backstage during a mall tour. From left to right: Logan, James, Kendall, and Carlos
Background information
Also known as BTR
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Pop, R&B, dance, pop rock, bubblegum pop, dance-pop
Years active 2009–present
Labels Columbia, Nick
Kendall Schmidt
James Maslow
Carlos Pena, Jr.
Logan Henderson

Big Time Rush (also known as BTR) is an American boyband formed in Los Angeles, California, in 2009. The band consists of members Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos Pena Jr. and Logan Henderson. Big Time Rush was created through the Nickelodeon television series with the same name. The band released its debut album, BTR in October 2010. It peaked at number 3 on the Billboard 200 and was certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of over 500,000 copies. A second studio album, Elevate, was released on November 21, 2011.



[edit] History

[edit] 2009-2010: Beginnings and BTR

The band originally consisted of Logan, James and Carlos along with Curt Hansen, who recorded the original versions of Famous and This Is Our Someday with the group before being replaced by Kendall Schmidt.

Big Time Rush signed a record deal in 2009 simultaneously with the television series, Big Time Rush. Their debut single, “Big Time Rush“, was released on November 29, 2009.[1] 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 promotional 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.[2][3] The single has become their first to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 93 due to strong digital sales.[4]

On September 21, 2010, Big Time Rush released a promotional single, “Til’ I Forget About You”, to promote the release of their debut album.[5] The album, titled B.T.R., was released on October 11, 2010. It 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 “Top Internet Albums” and number one on “Top Soundtracks”. Its track “Big Night” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 79, making it their highest peaking single. The album was later certified Gold for shipments of 500,000 copies in the U.S. and has currently sold over 1,000,000 copies that has been scanned around the world.[6] 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. On February 15 2011, “Boyfriend” was released as the band’s first official single to mainstream US radio.[7] “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.[8]

[edit] 2011-present: Elevate

On July 22, 2011, the band released a promotional single, “If I Ruled The World” featuring Iyaz, off their second album, Elevate released on November 21, 2011. The first single, “Music Sounds Better With U,” written by Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic, was released on November 1, 2011. Elevate debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200, for selling over 70,000 copies in its first week. Shortly before the release of the album, the band announced a national tour, starting in February 2012, which counts with sixteen dates. Also, it was reported that British pop band One Direction will be lined up as the opening act for them.

[edit] Discography

Main article: Big Time Rush discography
Kendall Francis Schmidt

Kendall Francis Schmidt
Background information
Birth name Kendall Francis Schmidt
Born November 2, 1990 (1990-11-02) (age 21)
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
Occupations Actor, singer-songwriter, dancer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2001–present
Labels Columbia
Associated acts Big Time Rush, Heffron Drive
James Maslow

James Maslow performing with Big Time Rush at Herald Square in New York City on August 15, 2010
Background information
Birth name James David Maslow
Born July 16, 1990 (1990-07-16) (age 21)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Origin La Jolla, California, U.S.
Occupations Singer, actor, dancer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, drums
Years active 2000–present
Associated acts Kendall Schmidt, Logan Henderson, Carlos Pena, Jr.
Carlos Pena, Jr.

Carlos Pena, Jr. performing at Herald Square in New York City on his 21st birthday on August 15, 2010)
Background information
Birth name Carlos Roberto Pena Jr.
Born August 15, 1989 (1989-08-15) (age 22)
Columbia, Missouri, U.S.[1]
Origin Weston, Florida, U.S.
Occupations Actor, dancer, singer
Instruments Vocals, beatboxing, guitar and piano
Years active 2004–present
Labels Columbia Records (2009-present)
Associated acts Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Logan Henderson
Logan Henderson
Background information
Birth name Logan Philip Henderson
Born September 14, 1989 (age 22)
North Richland Hills, Texas
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupations Actor, dancer, singer-songwriter , rapper,
Instruments Vocals, Beatboxing, Piano, Guitar,
Years active 2007–present
Labels Columbia Records (2009-present)
Associated acts Kendall Schmidt, Carlos Pena, Jr., James Maslow

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[edit] Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
2010 Australian Kids’ Choice Awards Fave International Band — Big Time Rush Nominated
2011 2011 Kids’ Choice Awards Favorite Music Group Nominated
Kids’ Choice Awards México 2011 Favorite International Artist Won
Australian Kids’ Choice Awards Hottest Guy Hotties — Big Time Rush Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 Best Push Nominated
Kids’ Choice Awards Argentina 2011 Favorite International Artist Nominated
Favorite Song — Boyfriend (feat. Snoop Dogg) Won
Youth Rocks Awards Rockin Group of the Year 2011 Nominated
MTV Music Awards- Breakthrough Band of 2011 Pending

[edit] References

  1. ^ “Nickelodeon show debuts big time on iTunes when it charted at no.3 | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online”. 2010-07-06. Retrieved 2011-01-04.
  2. ^ “Connecting to the iTunes Store”. Retrieved 2011-09-10.
  3. ^ “Big Time Rush “Halfway There” On iTunes | Nickelodeon News”. 2010-04-16. Retrieved 2011-09-10.
  4. ^ “BIG TIME RUSH- HALFWAY THERE ON Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart ! – Big Time Rush link”. Fanpop. Retrieved 2011-09-10.
  5. ^ “iTunes – Music – Til I Forget About You – Single by Big Time Rush”. 2010-09-21. Retrieved 2011-09-10.
  6. ^ “Bridgit Mendler signs with Hollywood Records, Big Time Rush certified Gold, Will Joe Jonas open for Britney Spears, Pics from Savannah Outen and Josh Golden’s music video, Destinee and Paris sing The Big Bang, Disney to make song for Japan, Kids’ Choice Awards flashback, Tron: Legacy Reconfigured, Zendaya appearance at World of Wheels”. 2011-04-01. Retrieved 2011-09-10.
  7. ^, Retrieved on 2011-02-04.
  8. ^ “Featured News Post | The Official Big Time Rush Site”. Retrieved 2011-09-10.

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