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Another Life is the fourth studio album by Big Time Rush. The album is BTR's first in nearly a decade, following 2013's 24/seven. It is scheduled to be released on June 2, 2023, as the band's first release under BMG.[1][2] The album was preceded by the release of its lead single "Waves". To support the album, the band embarked on a North American arena tour from June to August 2023.[3][4]

On October 24, 2023, the band announced they would be releasing a deluxe version of the album, expected November 10, 2023.[5]

Background[]

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BTR's album 24/seven (2013) was their last for several years.

After the release of BTR's third album, 24/seven in 2013, Nickelodeon did not renew the Big Time Rush series for another season.[6] Due to the entwined nature of the brand, with music released by the band often coinciding with the airing and production of the show,[7] many speculated that the band's discontinuation would follow as well.[8] However, Big Time Rush denied claims they had parted ways, and confirmed they would continue touring.[9][10] They also affirmed intentions to continue releasing music, even suggesting the possibility of another album.[11]

In February 2014, the band embarked an 11-show world tour, but did not announce any activity for the remainder of the year. In subsequent months, some media reports claimed the band was on an indefinite "hiatus".[12][13] While the individual members seldom clarified the group's status, they adamantly insisted BTR not "broken up" or otherwise permanently disbanded.[14][15] Each expressed priority for their own, individual projects, but conveyed openness to reuniting in some capacity.[13][16] All four members would maintain this stance throughout five years of inactivity.[17][18]

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The band went public with long-standing reunion plans in 2021.

In late 2019,[19][20] Big Time Rush agreed to reunite. Initially hoping to publicize their return in 2020, the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic forced them to delay an official announcement, with the resulting travel restrictions and other impairments leading them to agree the timing simply "wasn't right."[21] After posting two brief videos in 2020, the band officially declared their full-on reunion on July 19, 2021, re-activating their social media pages and announcing two concert shows to be held that December.[22][23] In August, they revealed during an Instagram live that they were writing and recording brand-new music.[24] Carlos PenaVega later confirmed plans to release this music in the near future, while Kendall Schmidt described intentions to eventually put out a "body of work".[25][26]

Recording and composition[]

The COVID-19 pandemic greatly impacted Big Time Rush's reunion plans. Social restrictions hampered opportunities for the group to gather in-person, leading them to instead connect virtually for creative sessions, speaking over video call while they each quarantined remotely.[26] They composed music over the service Zoom, sharing progress by digitally exchanging vocals and stem files. These limitations did little to impair the recording aspect, but brought unprecedented difficulty to their songwriting process.[26] Comparing their experience to those of their earlier records, the band described challenges with coordinating schedules, due in part to the physical separation.[27][28] The lack of one, shared environment also impeded creative communication with one another, with Kendall Schmidt stating "it's always easier when it's us four in the room."[26][27] The restrictions ultimately made it difficult to produce satisfying results.[21][26][27] While they composed a handful of tracks, Schmidt implied they were unlikely to be used, concluding, "If I never had to do that again, I would be happy. It's just not the same."[26]

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BTR were able to reunite in-person in August 2021, for the first time since reuniting.

The group had significantly greater success late the following year, when lifting of restrictions permitted them to travel and reconcile, for the first time since reuniting.[28] As they began preparation for their December concerts, they also resumed work on new music, writing and recording with producers Adam Korbesmeyer and Nick "RAS" Furlong.[24][29] These sessions led to the completion of several tracks, including "Call It Like I See It", which shortly became the band's first new single released in over eight years.[30] A second single, "Not Giving You Up", followed in February 2022, alongside news of a full-length headlining tour scheduled for the coming summer.[31][32] BTR told press these initial, standalone songs would continue to build towards an eventual "body of work", the nature of which had yet to be decided.[33][34]

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BTR recording in Doral, Florida.

Major efforts to develop this “body of work” began in April 2022, when the band traveled and met in Florida for a two-week writing camp, aiming to work on a Spanglish project as well as “Big Time Rush music in general”.[35][36] Renting a house in Miami, they drove each day to nearby Rebel 11 Studios in Doral, where they held sessions with Latin producer Maffio.[36][37]

[38] After devoting one week to Spanglish writing, they shifted focus to their English songs, flying in Korbesmeyer to resume previous work, and working remotely with Bryan Todd.[39] This second week saw the completion of "at least 8 songs" for an English project, which they described as an EP.[35][40] The group described their "extended camp" as a rewarding "bonding experience", that allowed them to grow closer as both friends and creative partners.[36] In particular, the band relished being able to heal "old wounds" between them, namely the dividing of singing parts, and improve their ability to solve creative conflicts.[36] “Had we not broken that wall... down the line, it could have caused a lot of problems,” PenaVega reflected, grinning, “I think we’re in a good place.”[36]

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The boys traveled to a "cabin in the mountains" to finish their album.

After temporarily shifting focus toward their Forever Tour, as well as other, standalone releases, production for the English EP resumed in early 2023. In late January, the band and their team rented a "cabin in the mountains" together, where they held another week of dedicated creative sessions, similar to the Miami camp.[41] Joined again by Korbesmeyer and RAS, as well as Will Ventres and Bryan Todd, they devoted "4-5" days to advancing progress.[42][43] Carlos PenaVega told fans "the goal is to get a lot of songs for you guys," while James Maslow declared the band "had an album to finish" in an Instagram story.[41][42] Maslow's caption was the first indication that the band's upcoming English project would be a full-length album. From then on, all members referred to the project as such.[44][45] BTR met one final week in March for final touch-ups, officially wrapping production on April 2.[46]

Release and promotion[]

Promotion for the album began with #BTRDAY, a promotional event where the mayor of Duluth, Minnesota officially designated April 4 as "Big Time Rush Day".[47] A corresponding press release, issued March 31, reported the band would be releasing a new album on June 9.[48] On April 4, during the Duluth event, BTR confirmed the date on Twitter, also announcing a new single coming May 3.[49] On April 30, BTR revealed the title and tracklist for the album.[50][51] The lead single "Waves" was released on May 3, alongside a music video.[52] Its premiere was followed by an "Afterparty" event on YouTube Premium, where Big Time Rush answered questions about the song and upcoming album.[53] On May 5, it was announced the release date had been moved up one week, to June 2.[1] The new date will coincide with a live performance on the Today Show.[54]

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The album will be supported by the Can't Get Enough Tour.

Another Life will be BTR's first full release via BMG, with whom the band signed a record deal in February.[2] The album is supported by the band's summer 2023 Can't Get Enough Tour, previously announced on February 6.[4] Its announcement coincided with the release of the eponymous single, which is re-included on the album. In an interview with People Magazine, the band confirmed their intent to release the album prior to the start of tour.[55]

Track listing[]

Song credits adapted from Tidal.[56]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Can't Get Enough"Adam Korbesmeyer, Candace Sosa, Kendall Schmidt, Logan Henderson, James Maslow, Carlos PenaVegaKorbesmeyer3:26
2."Waves"Will Ventres, Tyler Shamy, Schmidt, HendersonVentres3:15
3."I Just Want To (Party All the Time)"James Johnson, Nick Furlong, Ventres, Maslow, Schmidt, PenaVega, Henderson, Spencer Nezey, KorbesmeyerRAS, Ventres2:15
4."Weekends"Bryan Todd, Maslow, Schmidt, PenaVega, Henderson, Josh Gabbard, FurlongTodd, Ventres3:05
5."Work for It"Korbesmeyer, Schmidt, SosaKorbesmeyer2:34
6."Forget You Now"Carlos Ariel Peralta, Maslow, Schmidt, PenaVega, Henderson, Ventres, FurlongMaffio, Ventres3:16
7."Brand New"Korbesmeyer, Schmidt, Henderson, Sophie Rose, SosaKorbesmeyer3:37
8."Ask You Tonight"Korbesmeyer, Maslow, Schmidt, PenaVega, Henderson, Gabbard, Furlong, ToddKorbesmeyer, Todd3:00
9."Superstitious"Ventres, Maslow, Schmidt, PenaVega, Henderson, Homero GallardoVentres3:14
10."Another Life"Korbesmeyer, Schmidt, Henderson, Furlong, AmezagaKorbesmeyer, RAS2:32
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No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
11."Shot in the Dark"Justin Scott Franks, Brandon Michael Green, Todd BallardVentres3:09
12."Learn to Love"Korbesmeyer, Catherine Allison Ward, David Ryan Harris, Jerry Lang II, Schmidt, Henderson, FurlongCut&Dry2:34
13."Dreamworld"Todd, Gabbard, Henderson, Schmidt, PenaVega, MaslowBryan Todd2:47
14."Your Way"Schmidt, Henderson, Sosa, KorbesmeyerKorbesmeyer2:41
15."Weekends" (Acoustic)Todd, Maslow, Schmidt, PenaVega, Henderson, Gabbard, FurlongTodd, Ventres3:09

Release history[]

List of regions, release dates, showing formats, label, editions and references
Region Date Formats Label Ref.
Various June 2, 2023 Digital download, streaming BMG [1]
July 2023 CD [2]
September 2023 LP [3]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Big Time Rush [@bigtimerush] (May 5, 2023). "We’ll be performing live on the TODAY show summer concert series on June 2nd!". Retrieved May 5, 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "US: Big Time Rush sign with BMG and release highly anticipated new single, 'Can't Get Enough'". BMG Rights Management (February 7, 2023.). Retrieved April 4, 2023.
  3. Big Time Rush [@bigtimerush] (April 7, 2023). "New single Waves coming out May 3rd!! 🌊 📸 @jordankelseyknight". Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Big Time Rush Can’t Get Enough – Announce Massive Tour And Release New Song "Can’t Get Enough"". Live Nation Entertainment (February 6, 2023). Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  5. @bigtimerush (October 24, 2023). "ANNOUNCEMENT 📣 Another Life Deluxe album coming out Nov 10!". Retrieved November 3, 2023.
  6. "Big Time Rush: Nickelodeon Show Ending, No Season Five". TV Series Finale (May 6, 2013). Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  7. Kimball, Trevor (April 18, 2013). "Big Time Rush: Season Four Starts May 2nd.". TV Series Finale. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  8. "Big Time Rush's Kendall Schmidt Talks Band's Future on MTV VMAs Red Carpet 2013" on YouTube. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  9. "Interview With Kendall Schmidt from Big Time Rush & Heffron Drive" on YouTube (Timestamp 3:44). Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  10. "Heffron Drive (Kendall Schmidt) Interview with Rock Forever Magazine" on YouTube (Timestamp 5:08). Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  11. "Kendall Schmidt Talks New Big Time Rush Album & Tour - 2013 MTV Video Music Awards" on YouTube (Timestamp 1:22). Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  12. Gomez, Luis (November 25, 2014). "Interview: Boy-bander Kendall Schmidt branches out". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Carlos Pena Wants A Big Time Rush Reunion & Shows Off His Wife Alexa PenaVega!" on YouTube (Timestamp 1:12). Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  14. "Kendall Schmidt Talks BTR: "We Never Broke Up" on YouTube. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  15. "Big Time Rush's James Maslow Debunks Band Breakup Rumors" on YouTube. Retrieved May 14, 2023.
  16. "'Extra' Asks Big Time Rush If They Will Tour Again" on YouTube (Timestamp 1:15). Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  17. "James Maslow Is Open To 'Big Time Rush' Reunion" on YouTube. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  18. "Logan Henderson Weighs In on Big Time Rush 10 Year Reunion" on YouTube. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  19. "Mower Interviews Kendall Schmidt of Big Time Rush" on Facebook (Timestamp 0:44). Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  20. "Columbia Chronicle Interview with Big Time Rush's Kendall Schmidt" on YouTube (Timestamp 6:36–8:44). Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  21. 21.0 21.1 "James Maslow Says The Big Time Rush Comeback's Been In The Works For Longer Than You Think | toofab" on YouTube (Timestamp 6:12). Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  22. Big Time Rush [@bigtimerush] (July 19, 2021). "WE ARE BACK! It’s been a minute, but we couldn’t be more excited to see you! Lets make up for lost time.". Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  23. Samuel, Ruth E. (July 19, 2022). "After 7 years, Big Time Rush is making a big-time comeback. But who are they?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  24. 24.0 24.1 Prance, Sam (August 16, 2021). "Big Time Rush release snippet of first new music in over eight years". PopBuzz. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  25. "Carlos Penavega Instagram Live Q & A" on YouTube (Timestamp 2:00). Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 26.5 "Columbia Chronicle Interview with Big Time Rush's Kendall Schmidt" on YouTube (Timestamp 26:59). Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 "Big Time Rush Talks Reuniting, Nickelodeon Days, Bringing Back Their TV Show & Upcoming EPs" on YouTube (Timestamp 29:30). Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  28. 28.0 28.1 "Big Time Rush Talks About Getting Back Together After 8 Years Apart + More!" on YouTube (Timestamp 1:03). Retrieved April 8, 2023.
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  30. Rowley, Glenn (December 13, 2022). "Big Time Rush Unveil ‘Call It Like I See It,’ First Single in Eight Years". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  31. "Big Time Rush performing "Not Giving You Up" on Good Morning America" on Facebook. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
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  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 36.4 The Miami Tapes (episode 8). Retrieved 8 April 2023.
  37. "Rebel 11 Studios". Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  38. Big Time Rush [@bigtimerush] (April 23, 2022). "One big happy family, Miami ❤️". Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  39. Todd, Bryan [@btmusic] (April 25, 2022). "My boys @bigtimerush are back and so stoked to be making new music with them! #staytuned". Retrieved April 8, 2023.
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  41. 41.0 41.1 Maslow, James – via Instagram story. An archive is available here.
  42. 42.0 42.1 Big Time Rush – via Instagram story (24 January 2023). An archive of this livestream is available here.
  43. Todd, Bryan [@btmusic] (January 26, 2023). "Having a blast with my boys @bigtimerush and making music for their new record! Gonna be 🔥and love their shout out to my kiddos #dadpoints💯". Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  44. "James Maslow Teases New Big Time Rush Album Coming?!" on YouTube (Timestamp 5:41). Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  45. "Big Time Rush Sings 'Stuck', Hillary Duff, and Niall Horan in a Game of Song Association | ELLE" on YouTube (Timestamp 2:15). Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  46. Schmidt, Kendall [@kendallschmidt] (April 2, 2023). "Finished BTR 4". Retrieved April 4, 2023.
  47. Gabler, Jay (April 4, 2023). "Duluth declares Big Time Rush Day as boy band visits its 'hometown' for the first time ever". Duluth News Tribune. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  48. Gonzalez, Rebekah (March 31, 2023). "Big Time Rush To Be Honored With National Holiday, Announce New Album". Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  49. Big Time Rush [@bigtimerush] (April 4, 2023). "It’s official. May 3 - New Single! Jun 9 - New Album! #BTRDay #BTR4". Retrieved April 4, 2023.
  50. Big Time Rush [@bigtimerush] (April 28, 2023). "Loading New Album… Can you help us fill in the blanks!? #BTR4 #BTRWaves". Retrieved April 30, 2023.
  51. Big Time Rush [@bigtimerush] (April 30, 2023). "BTR4. Another Life. 🧡 #BTR4 #BTRWaves". Retrieved April 30, 2023.
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  53. "Big Time Rush’s Premium YouTube Afterparty" on YouTube. Retrieved April 28, 2023.
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Navigation

v · d · e Big Time Rush
Discography · Videography · Awards and nominations · Songs · Live performances
Members Kendall Schmidt · James Maslow · Carlos PenaVega · Logan Henderson
Studio albums BTR (2010) · Elevate (2011) · 24/seven (2013) · Another Life (2023)
Compilations The Greatest Hits (2016) · L'Intégrale (2016) · Ultimate Fan Edition (2016)
Extended plays Best of Season 1 (2010) · Holiday Bundle (2010) · Big Time Movie Soundtrack (2012) · Untitled Spanglish EP (2023)
Concert tours Big Time Rush in Concert · Better with U Tour · Big Time Summer Tour · Summer Break Tour · Live World Tour · Forever Tour · Can't Get Enough Tour
Promotional tours Big Time Rush & Walgreens · Big Time Rush Live
Virtual concerts Big Time Rush: The City Is Ours
Television 7 Secrets with Big Time Rush · Big Time Rush: Live from Times Square · Big Time Rush: Party All Night · BTR: Music Sounds Better with U · Big Time Tour
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