Big Time Rush (also known as BTR) is an American boy band who first found fame with their TV series Big Time Rush which aired in 2009. The band consists of Kendall Schmidt, Logan Henderson, James Maslow and Carlos Pena, Jr.. The group was signed a record deal with Nick Records simultaneously with the television series, and because of production and musical rights to the show, the group was eventually signed to Columbia/Epic Label Group.
The group's first single as a band was the song "with the same name", which was featured on their pilot of their series. The group eventually started recording their studio album and in October 2010, Big Time Rush's debut album, BTR became a success around the world. The album entered the Billboard 200 at three, selling over 60,000 copies in its first week, as well as entering charts including Mexico, Greece, Venezuela, Ireland, Belgium, Portugal, Scotland, Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom and has sold over 5 million copies worldwide, becoming their best effort. Their debut outside of the series, "Boyfriend" peaked at number seventy-two on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). With their continuing success of the series, the group released their second sophomore album Elevate. The album achieved similar success, selling over 70,000 copies in its first week, making it debut at number twelve, but was certified gold in Mexico, becoming their second-consecutive certified album in that country. Elevate also achieved gold status in both Venezuela and Ecuador, & has sold over 2 million copies worldwide as of 2013. The group promoted the album with their tours, Better With U Tour and Big Time Summer Tour, which had supporting acts including One Direction. they are currently in the middle of planning their third summer world tour for 2013. dates and venues are currently unknown.