Big Time Rush (also known as BTR) is an American boy band. The band consists of Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos Pena, Jr., and Logan Henderson. The band was introduced in the television 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 Records. The show ran from November 27, 2009 to July 25, 2013, its last episode being "Big Time Dreams".
The band's first promotional single was the song "Big Time Rush", 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 67,000 copies in its first week, as well as entering charts in countries around the world, including Mexico, Argentina, Philippines, Indonesia, Canada, Poland, Belgium, Greece, Venezuela, Ireland, Belgium, Portugal, Scotland, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom. It was certified Gold in US and Both Gold and Platinum in Mexico. The band's 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). It also charted in Germany, UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico, Belgium and Austria. making it Big Time Rush's biggest hit single across European, Asian and Latin American Countries to date. As of 2013 the album has sold 5 million copies Worldwide.