Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Read: All About Big Time Rush (from the Korean DVD All About DBSK~ which basically means All About Dong Bang Shin Ki)

Just like in my Korean fandom, before going gaga over something or someone, I always do some research about it. Since I am aiming for this blog to be an educational one, I compiled some data about Big Time Rush---both the band and the TV show.

Let's start off with the TV show.

Big Time Rush (abbreviated as BTR) is an American television series created by Scott Fellows. It revolves around the Hollywood misadventures of four hockey players from Minnesota—Kendall, James, Carlos, and Logan, after they are selected to form a boy band. 

The series premiered with an hour-long pilot episode, "Big Time Audition", on Nickelodeon, on November 28, 2009. Its official debut episode premiered on January 18, 2010, earning 6.8 million viewers, making it Nickelodeon's highest-rated live-action series debut ever. Last May 24, 2011, Big Time Rush was renewed for a third season, which began production on January 2012 and premiered last May 12, 2012. 

And here's some good news!

On August 6, 2012 Nickelodeon renewed Big Time Rush for a 13-episode fourth season. Production starts in early 2013.

The series stars Kendall Schmidt as Kendall Knight, Carlos Pena, Jr. as Carlos Garcia, James Maslow as James Diamond, and Logan Henderson as Logan Mitchell, and the other main characters Ciara Bravo as Katie Knight, Stephen Kramer Glickman as Gustavo Rocque, and Tanya Chisholm as Kelly Wainwright, Gustavo's assistant.

The band is led by Kendall, a boy, who was initially the only person offered an opportunity by Gustavo after being impressed by his extemporaneous performance. Kendall agrees on the condition that all four friends can accompany him to Los Angeles, along with his mother (Challen Cates) and sister.

The series navigates through their antics and schemes as residents at the Palm Woods Hotel and students at the Palm Woods School, both establishments intended for aspiring actors, singers, and other performing artists. 

On the road to becoming famous, the boys routinely come into conflict with their overbearing, shrill, but ultimately caring producer and his well-meaning assistant, as well as Arthur Griffin (Matt Riedy), the CEO of the fictional corporation RCM CBT Global Net Sanyoid, an eccentric billionaire who is forever threatening the integrity of the music division for which Gustavo and Kelly work.

Main cast

Recurring cast

  • Challen Cates as Jennifer Knight
  • Matt Riedy as Arthur Griffin
  • Erin Sanders as Camille Roberts
  • Katelyn Tarver as Jo Taylor
  • Malese Jow as Lucy Stone
  • David Anthony Higgins as Reginald Bitters
  • Denyse Tontz as Jennifer 1
  • Kelli Goss as Jennifer 2
  • Savannah Jayde as Jennifer 3
  • Tucker Albrizzi as Tyler
  • Barnett O'Hara as Guitar Dude
  • Daran Norris as Buddha Bob
  • David Cade as Jett Stetson
  • Tara Strong as Miss Collins
  • Stephen Keys as Freight Train
  • Fabio Lanzoni as Himself

Nickelodeon currently airs episodes from Season 1 and Season 2 every Saturday to Wednesday at 8:00PM. How I really wish I can buy a DVD of all the episodes~ me and my 11-year old cousin would be so happy if ever!

And now~ meet Big Time Rush, the band. ^^

Big Time Rush (also known as BTR) is an American boy band, formed in Los Angeles, California, in 2009. The band consists of members Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos Pena Jr. and Logan Henderson. 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. As of May 2012, the group has sold around 4.1 million singles around the world.

L-R: Carlos Pena Jr., James Maslow, Kendall Schmidt, and Logan Henderson


Kendall Francis Schmidt

Middle name: Francis
Date of Birth: November 2, 1990
Place of Birth: Wichita, Kansas
Height: 5’11
Favorite color: Green
Favorite TV show: Family Guy
Favorite ice cream: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Favorite Flower: Sunflower
Favorite book: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
In school: Was a procrastinator
Favorite animal: Python or Boa Constrictor
Favorite band: Taking Back Sunday
Favorite sport: Football
Favorite football team: KC Chiefs
Favorite Cereal: Lucky Charms
Favorite superhero: Spider Man

Kendall Schmidt stars in the new Nickelodeon live-action comedy series Big Time Rush as Kendall, the lead singer of the new “princes of pop” music group.

Born in Wichita, Kansas, Schmidt was raised in nearby Andover and grew up the youngest of three brothers who all caught the acting bug. After watching his two brothers, Kenneth and Kevin, travel back and forth to Los Angeles, Schmidt decided he also wanted to be an actor. While it began as “something fun to do,” Schmidt quickly became passionate about pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. “My first acting memory is starring in a Chex cereal commercial with my brothers. Even though we went to the audition separately, we were cast to play brothers,” he recalls.

When he was 10 years-old, his family finally made the move from Kansas to California. Schmidt soon landed recurring roles on General Hospital, Titus, Raising Dad, Gilmore Girls and CSI: Miami. He also guest starred on series including ER, Mad TV, Frasier and Phil of the Future and most recently, Without a Trace and Ghost Whisperer. On the big screen, he appeared in Minority Report, AI and Lions Gate’s According to Spencer.

In addition to acting, Schmidt’s other love is making music. Within the last three years, he has learned to play guitar and has honed his vocal skills from singing in the car with his mom to recording in the studio. Inspired by “Incubus,” his all-time favorite band, and “Taking Back Sunday,” Schmidt also writes his own music. Another source of inspiration is his family. “My whole family has given me the drive to succeed,” he said. “My brothers mean the world to me. They keep me grounded and offer a different perspective when I need advice.”

Schmidt was drawn to his role in Big Time Rush by the music. “Acting comes naturally to me but I think I am best at music,” said Schmidt. “If I could combine both loves, then I am successful.” Schmidt identifies with his character, who suddenly finds himself thrust into the limelight, trying to get a handle on being a part of a music group. His character Kendall’s attitude is to enjoy the ride –and Schmidt plans on following the same advice.

When he is not focusing on his music and acting, Schmidt likes hanging out with his friends or being outdoors, whether it’s to rock climb, surf or skateboard. Schmidt lives in Los Angeles with his two dogs, cat, bird, tortoise and python.

James David Maslow

Middle Name: David
Date of Birth: July 16, 1990
Place of Birth: New York City, NY
Height: 6’1
Favorite color: Green
Favorite TV show: Entourage
Favorite flower: Poppy
Favorite book: Ender’s Game
In school: Did pretty good, got mostly A’s
Favorite animal: Horse
Favorite band: Maroon 5
Favorite sport: Football
Favorite football team: Chargers
Favorite Cereal: Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Favorite superhero: Spiderman

Singer, dancer and actor James Maslow stars in the new Nickelodeon live-action comedy series Big Time Rush, as music group member James, who has the biggest ego of all his friends and believes that he and the group are the coolest guys ever.

After moving around in his early years, Maslow’s family settled in La Jolla, Calif. when he was six years old. Maslow joined the San Diego Children’s Choir, igniting a passion for singing and performing. “Some of my favorite memories are singing at the San Diego Padres game with the Children’s Choir and performing in La Boheme with the San Diego Opera,” he said. Determined to be an entertainer, he transferred in eighth grade to San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, despite that it was thirty miles away and he would have to rise before dawn to catch the bus to school and then endure a four hour bus ride home. He later attended the independent study program at the Coronado School of the Arts, choosing the arts over his other great love…football.

Recently, Maslow guest starred on iCarly as the cute boy who causes a rift between best friends Carly and Sam when they fight over who saw him first. He also stars in the independent feature film Mean.

“Singing is what got me into everything and made me fall in love with this industry,” Maslow said. “Both singing and acting are so rewarding that I couldn’t pick between the two.” Thankfully, he doesn’t have to choose as his new role allows him to do it all. He adds, “The great thing about playing James is that as an actor, I get to take it to the extreme. It’s fun to show off when you’re being asked to do that — as my character is completely self-absorbed and is always making a fool of himself.”

When he is not working, Maslow enjoys surfing, riding horses and mountain climbing. This past June, he climbed Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the continental U.S. A singer/songwriter, he also plays the guitar and piano. Maslow also trains in Saito Ninjutsu, a form of martial arts his father introduced him to at the age of 10. Maslow spends much of his time on the 5 freeway driving back and forth from San Diego to Los Angeles and hopes to lay down roots in L.A. soon with his yellow Labrador, Falco.

Logan Phillip Henderson

Middle name: Phillip
Birthday: September 14, 1989
Favorite color: Black
Favorite TV show: Entourage
Favorite flower: Dahlia
Favorite book: Norwegian Wood
In school: Was a class clown
Favorite animal: White tiger
Favorite band: the Clash
Favorite sport: Basketball
Favorite football team: Cowboys
Favorite Cereal: Honey Nut Cherrios
Favorite superhero: Batman

Logan Henderson stars in the new Nickelodeon live-action comedy series Big Time Rush as music group member Logan, the brains of the operation who is the voice of reason for his friends.

A native of Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas, Henderson always wanted to be in the entertainment business but wasn’t certain how to get started. After he attended an acting studio in his hometown at age 16, he fell in love with acting. His first on-camera role was as a guest star on the television series Friday Night Lights. “We filmed in a movie theatre and I was in a fight scene with the main character, Smash,” Henderson recalls. “It was the coolest first experience on set.”

Henderson enjoys singing but never considered himself a singer. “In the last year, I have been finding new ways to use my voice by working with a vocal coach and doing various exercises,” he said. While his character is still honing his skills on the dance floor, Henderson, who is 20 years old, confesses, “I am not a great dancer either but I can bust out one cool move – the back flip.”

When he has downtime, he prefers to be outdoors, either hiking or being on a board – wakeboard, skateboard or snowboard. After driving non-stop back and forth from Texas nine times now, Henderson has finally settled in Los Angeles.

Carlos Roberto Pena Jr.

Middle Name: Roberto
Date of Birth: August 15, 1989
Place of Birth: Columbia, Missouri
Height: 5’6
Favorite TV Show: Modern Family
Favorite Flower: Rose
Favorite book: Into The Wild
In school: Took school seriously
Favorite animal: Monkey
Favorite band: Train
Favorite sport: Hockey
Favorite episode so far: Big Time Mansion
Favorite football team: Dolphins
Favorite Cereal: Fruity Pebbles
Favorite superhero: Hulk

Carlos Pena stars on the new Nickelodeon live-action comedy series Big Time Rush, as music group member Carlos, who loves to have fun and treats life like one big playground.

Pena, who was born to a Dominican mother and a Spanish/Venezuelan father, spent the first part of his youth in Columbia, Mo. before moving to Weston, Fla. Once settled in Weston, he joined a boys’ choir and found himself at home in musical theater. While developing his vocal skills, he also studied guitar and piano. Looking for an opportunity to break into show business, he landed a job for the Super Soaker Water Gun campaign where he appeared in numerous national commercials and was featured on the Super Soaker packaging.

Soon after, Pena landed a recurring role on Nickelodeon’s Ned’s DeClassified School Survival Guide. In addition, he has guest starred on E.R., Judging Amy and Summerland. He competed on the MTV reality show Making Menudo where he found himself among the final nine contestants vying to be in the next Menudo.

When the opportunity to audition for Big Time Rush came along, Pena was ready to embark on his first year at the Boston Conservatory and decided to pass on the audition. Thanks to his manager’s tenacity, Pena later sent in an acting piece to the producers, and a month later, landed the gig. Satisfied to put his attendance at the Conservatory on hold for now Pena says, “I’m thrilled to be on this show. I didn’t realize how amazing this experience would be – to be able to act and sing and be a part of a very funny TV show.”

Pena hopes to bring a multi-dimensional aspect to his character Carlos. “He is a tough guy with the fun personality and he has everyone’s back,” Pena commented. “But when he gets into the recording studio, this soft side of him comes out and he is singing romantic ballads for the ladies.”

Pena hopes to someday perform on Broadway and to be one of the few Latinos to win a Best Actor award at the Oscars. A certified rescue diver, Pena enjoys spending his time underwater scuba diving. A recent transplant to Los Angeles, Pena’s family and four dogs still live in Florida.


BTR: The Debut Album 

BTR is the debut studio album by pop boyband Big Time Rush. Released on October 11, 2010, the track listing for the album was announced on September 1, 2010. The album was preceded by the release of several promotional singles, including their self titled debut single, "Big Time Rush." Other promotional songs include "Any Kind of Guy", "City Is Ours", and "Halfway There", which charted on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US. On September 21, the band released yet another promotional single, titled "Til I Forget About You". It was the last song to precede the album's release of October 11, 2010. "Boyfriend", which features vocals from rapper Snoop Dogg, was the first official single from the album and has become the band's biggest hit to date, charting on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as reaching the Top 40 of the Pop Songs music chart in the US. Despite not being released as a single, the song "Big Night" also charted on the Billboard Hot 100, where it also reached a peak of seventy-nine.

Track Listing:

1. Til I Forget About You
2. Boyfriend
3. City is Ours
4. Nothing Even Matters
5. Worldwide
6. Halfway There
7. Big Night
8. Oh Yeah
9. Count on You (feat. Jordin Sparks)
10. I Know You Know (feat. Cymphonique)
11. Big Time Rush (theme)

Bonus Tracks for International Release:

12. Famous
13. Any Kind of Guy
14. This is Our Someday
15. Boyfriend (feat. Snoop Dogg)
16. Boyfriend (feat. New Boyz)

Bonus Tracks for the UK Edition:

12. Any Kind of Guy
13. This is Our Someday
14. Stuck
15. Boyfriend (feat. Snoop Dogg)
16. Til I Forget About You (Cash Cash Remix)
17. Til I Forget About You (Halatrax Remix)

On 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.

ELEVATE: The Sophomore Album

Elevate is the second studio album by 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. 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, Big Time Rush, which features songs that appeared in the series’ second season and the upcoming 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. The first single from Elevate, "Music Sounds Better with U", was released on November 1, 2011. The single was a Top 25 hit on the US Billboard Pop Songs chart.

Elevate debuted at number twelve on the US Billboard 200, selling over 70,000 copies (according to Billboard) in its first-week. It's the band's highest first-week album sales, their debut album BTR sold 67,000 copies on its first week as of August 8th 2012, the album had sold 266,788 copies in the US, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Track Listing:

1. Music Sounds Better With U (feat. Mann)
2. Show Me
3. All Over Again
4. No Idea (All Time Low cover)
5. Cover Girl
6. Love Me Love Me
7. If I Ruled the World (feat. Iyaz)
8. Invisible
9. Time of Our Life
10. Superstar
11. You're Not Alone
12. Elevate

US iTunes Bonus Track:

13. Blow Your Speakers

BTR's Official Website Verison:

13. Paralyzed

UK iTunes Bonus Track:

13. Epic

2012 Re-release Bonus Track:

13. Windows Down


So there you go! I hope I was able to provide the details one needs about Big Time Rush! :)

Marj <3

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