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"Cruise Control" is an unreleased song recorded by Big Time Rush. It was written by Dan "Tekneek" Wayne, Cody Williams, Charley Greenberg, and Cory Gaddis, and produced by Wes Jones and Matthew Sherman.[1][2] BTR recorded the song in January 2011,[3][4] during very early sessions for their second studio album, Elevate.[5] However, the song was left unused, and in March 2013, was unofficially leaked onto the Internet.[6]

Background and recording[]

In late January 2011, Big Time Rush resumed studio recording sessions to work on new music, intended for the latter half of their upcoming second season as well as a future sophomore album.[5] On January 23, they met in the studio with the songwriting duo of Cody Williams and producer Tekneek, clients of Baby G Music and the Los Angeles-based music group Hits & History Entertainment.[3][7][8] The collaboration would become the first of many, with member Carlos PenaVega frequently working with the pair.[9][10]

The following week, the tracked vocals and initial mix were sent to producer Matthew Sherman, then known as 1984,[11] who completed the mixing and production on the track alongside Wes Jones.[4] Days later, on January 30, an early writers demo[6] recorded by Williams surfaced online.[12]

In March 2013, BTR's unreleased demo was published online via unauthorized means. Sherman addressed the leak via his Twitter account, revealing he had produced the song alongside Wes Jones.[2] While on set with Cambio, Kendall Schmidt clarified that the song had always been created and intended for the group, and that it was an older outtake unlikely to be re-purposed for future projects.[6]

Lyrics[]

I just wanna get in the car and drive away
That's all I wanna do
Doesn't matter where we go
As long as it's me and you

CHORUS:
Come ride with me all night
Wherever you wanna go
Into the moonlight
Drive to the end of the road
Keep going to the sunrise
Put the car in cruise control
Cruise control
Cruise control
Anywhere you wanna go

Every day is always the same
Gotta get away, out of this game
I'm so sick of this same town
And this same place
And these same faces
So you came and you opened my heart to
Everything I never thought I'd do
In every way and all because of you
I gotta get away, get away, get away
And never come back, no

I just wanna get in the car and drive away
That's all I wanna do
Doesn't matter where we go
As long as it's me and you

CHORUS

Every day, like déjà vu
I think a trip is overdue
I'm so done with what they say
And what they do
It's just me and you
So you came and you opened my heart to
Everything I never thought I'd do
In every way and all because of you
I gotta get away, get away, get away
And never come back, no

CHORUS

Cruise control, cruise control
Anywhere you wanna go
Cruise control, cruise control
So come ride, yeah

I just wanna get in the car and drive away
That's all I wanna do
Doesn't matter where we go
As long as it's me and you

CHORUS 2x

Trivia[]

  • In February 2011, 1984 Industries created and uploaded a remix of BTR's then-most recent single "Boyfriend" to their YouTube channel.[13]

References[]

  1. "Cruise Control ASCAP listing". Ascap.com. Retrieved July 23, 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sherman, Matthew [@ItsMatSherman] (March 6, 2013). "Shout out to whoever leaked #CruiseControl. @wesjonez and I produced it for @bigtimerush . #Asshole". Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  3. 3.0 3.1 PenaVega, Carlos [@TheCarlosPena] (January 23, 2011). "making some hits with @tekneek215 and @cwillyy .... add them!!!! cant wait for you guys to hear them!". Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wayne, Daniel [@TEKNEEK215] (January 31, 2011). "Just heard tha homie @1984industries mix of tha @bigtimerush record we did... SMASH CITY!! S/O @CWillyy #HitsAndHistoryDynamicDuo". Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Maslow, James [@jamesmaslow] (January 16, 2011). "Off to the studio-we need to finish more songs for season two! Hope everyone is having a relaxing Sunday. Take a nap for me! :)-". Retrieved July 23, 2023.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "CAMBIO:::: Kendall Schmidt" on YouTube (Timestamp 2:06). Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  7. Baby G Music (January 24, 2011). "Tekneek in the Studio with Big Time Rush". Baby G Music Official Blog. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  8. Hits & History Studios [@Rachel_Noelle] (January 23, 2011). "Busy day...Bout to hit the studio with @bigtimerush! @cwillyy & @TEKNEEK215 wrote a SMASH and it's going DOWN!". Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  9. "In the studio with Carlos Pena from Big Time Rush, Tekneek, Cody Williams & Casanova." on YouTube. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  10. "STUDIO WITH TEK!" on YouTube. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  11. "1984industries - YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved July 23, 2023.
  12. "Cody Williams - Cruise Control [HOT R&B 2011]" on YouTube. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  13. "Big Time Rush Feat Snoop Dogg - Boyfriend (1984 Remix)" on YouTube. Retrieved July 23, 2023.
v · d · e Unreleased songs by Big Time Rush
Discography · Songs (Unreleased) · Covers
BTR (2010) "Have a Good Time" · "So What" · "Intermission"
Elevate (2011) "Cruise Control" · "Anything Goes" · "Worldwide" (Spanish vocal) · "We Are the Night" · "Impossible" · "Anything" · "I Don't Want to Wait" · "She Drives" · "Wherever You Are" · "Words Mean Nothing" · "Young Love"
24/seven (2013) "Midnight Somewhere" · "First Time" · "Featuring You" · "Next Step" · "My Song for You" · "Do It All Again" · "Rich Girl" · "Everyday Girl" · "Tip of Your Tongue" · "Unarmed" · "3 2 1" · "Don't Stop" · "Music Surf"
Untitled Spanglish EP (2022) "Buena" · "Casi Boom Boom"
Miscellaneous "It Is What It Is" · "Redlight, Greenlight" · "Right Now" · "Stars Align" · "Tonight Is a Fairytale" · "Welcome to Hollywood" · "What It Feels Like" · "You're Not the Same"
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