Big Time Rush (also known as BTR) is an American boy band created in 2009 for Nickelodeon's television series Big Time Rush. The group consists of Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos PenaVega, and Logan Henderson. They were 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.
The series' pilot episode featured the group's first promotional single, "Big Time Rush". Since the cancellation of the show, they have released two EPs, (Holiday Bundle & Big Time Movie Soundtrack) as well as three studio albums, (BTR, Elevate & 24/Seven) of which all three albums have charted in more than 21 countries individually, (with the exception of 24/Seven as it charted in more than 30 countries) and were all certified Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum in many countries selling millions of copies in the US and worldwide. During their career, they have won many prestigious and popular music awards, including eight Kid's Choice Awards, four Bravo Otto Awards, two Popstar Magazine Music Awards, one Popcrush Music Award in 2012, along with many others. In 2014, Big Time Rush won their very first World Music Award for "World's Best Live Act Performer" at the 22nd Annual World Music Awards. As of 2012, their net worth, collectively, was estimated to be around $22.8 million dollars. They have headlined over five US/world tours, performing in many sold-out arena & stadium shows, over the past 5 years to over millions of fans. They were also voted the best boy band in the world in 2012 with over 800,000 votes casted for Parade Magazine's first ever "Boy Band Smackdown" sponsored by Wetpaint Entertainment. They are the only boy band to have three number one singles on the Malaysian radio singles chart. As of 2014, Big Time Rush have sold well over 21 million records worldwide, making them one of the best selling boy bands of all time.