Big Time Rush:
Big Time Rush is the latest and hottest incarnation of US boy bands thrilling the youth of the world. While N'Sync was a male group that was formed with an influence by Disney (Justin Timberlake and J.C. Chasez were members of the Mickey Mouse Club), Big Time Rush is the brainchild of Nickelodeon. With their hit, self-titled TV show promoting their music -- or visa versa -- Big Time Rush has filled a gap in pop music while also creating a classic blending of television and music. While Big Time Rush might've had the backing of Nickelodeon parent company Viacom at their start, these four boys are making a name for themselves through television ratings, record sales, and huge international concert dates. Big Time Rush’s 2012 tour takes them from the East to the West and everywhere in-between.
The popular boy band began with a casting call for a television show, asking for actors that could also perform vocally. The final roster came to Kendall Schmidt (the leader), James Maslow (the heartthrob), Carlos Pena Jr. (the funny/tough guy), and Logan Henderson (the brains). After the series was officially picked up, it was then announced that the four stars of the show would form a singing group to release music and perform concert dates outside of the show. While filming of the series began in August of 2009, the name of the group wasn't chosen until right before filming began. As the four characters on the show are hockey players from Minnesota, the real-life quartet came up with the hockey phrase "big time rush" as their official moniker.
The self-titled theme song of the television program became the band's first single, which debuted with a strong presence on iTunes. With popularity from the TV show building, Big Time Rush's second single, "Halfway There," peaked at #93 on Billboard's Hot 100, making it their first mainstream success. Big Time Rush had the luxury of testing the album's singles on their television show, and then commercially releasing of the songs. At this point, Big Time Rush hadn't engaged in any concert dates, as execs were waiting for their popularity to build. With the successful television show and singles backing them, Big Time Rush released their debut album B.T.R. in October 2010. The album featured all four hit singles, as well as some new ones: The track "Boyfriend", which was co-written and produced by Snoop Dogg, soon became a popular single. The success of the album finally prompted Big Time Rush to begin performing tour dates, with the group performing countless concert dates in 2010; so much so, that their tour dates for 2011 have been limited.
With a hit television show and rumors of a second album, Big Time Rush still finds time to perform in support of some big acts, such as Selena Gomez. Big Time Rush kicks off a huge list of tour dates from Coast to Coast, North to South. Make sure to keep track of where the BTR boys are headed and stay updated on new tour dates.
Cody Simpson is the latest fresh faced teen to hit the pop scene in the wake of Justin Bieber. Like Bieber, this 14 year-old Australian sensation started out posting videos of himself singing and playing cover songs from popular artists, alongside some of his own original creations. Like Bieber, Cody Simpson was discovered on YouTube and flown out to Los Angeles to discover his musical potential. Like Bieber, Simpson's boyish good looks and feathered hair are already turning him into a teen heartthrob. Unlike Bieber, all this is happening for Simpson without having released a single full-length album or concert schedule, and he's already slated to perform a tour date in 2011 with Bieber's girlfriend Selena Gomez at the Wang Tango concert in Los Angeles. Cody Simpson's career may be on the rise in the shadow of Justin Bieber, but he's all set to give Bieber a run for his money. In addition to a tour date at the 2011 Wango Tango concert on May 14, Cody Simpson has just added more 2011 tour dates in the US to his concert schedule.
Cody Simpson's story began like many exciting stories do: On summer break. In the summer of 2009, still fantasizing about record contracts and sold-out tour dates, Simpson began recording performances of hit songs, including "I'm Your's" by Jason Mraz and "Cry Me a River" by Justin Timberlake. He also posted videos of original songs "One" and "Perfect" before being discovered by record producer Shawn Campbell. Simpson's first single, "iYiYi" was released on May 15, 2010, and features Flo Rida. After being signed to Atlantic Records, Cody Simpson moved to Los Angeles in June of 2010 to begin recording. Just a month after recording began, Simpson toured on his first concert schedule on the Camplified 2010 Tour, which played shows at various summer camps. After heading back to Los Angeles to record, Simpson's first EP, 4 U, released on December 21, 2010, shortly after the completion of a national middle school tour. Cody hassle also recorded a cover of The Strangeloves' "I Want Candy" for the 2011 film Hop.
With the recent success of his EP, Cody Simpson is showing up on YouTube more and more; only this time, it's his fans that are making the videos about how much they love him. The adoration has built since Cody Simpson finished his recent 2011 tour dates with Greyson Chance. Simpson is currently playing tour dates on a mall tour of Australia, with additional US tour dates added to his concert schedule. Beginning on June 4, Cody Simpson will play a few tour dates at minor league baseball stadiums along the east coast. There are only four tour dates, ending at Toyota Park in Chicago on June 11. Fans hoping to attend these Simpson tour dates in 2011 -- and catch a ball game -- will have to act fast, as they are rapidly approaching. With the tremendous accomplishments Cody Simpson has achieved in such a short time, fans can look forward to even more great things from this Queensland sensation.