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"Waves" is a song by Big Time Rush. It was released as the lead single from their fourth studio album Another Life on May 3, 2023, through BMG.[1] The song was written by Kendall Schmidt and Logan Henderson alongside Tyler Shamy and Will Ventres, the latter of whom produced the track. The band described it as a "nostalgic" track about "taking chances and doing what you want to do," that sonically draws influence from the "early 2000s" boy band era.[2][3]

Background[]

The initial concept for "Waves" started with an impromptu idea by Henderson.[4] He unexpectedly thought of a vocal melody "late at night", which he rushed to capture using a voice memo on his phone.[5][3] The next day, Henderson showed his scratch recording to Schmidt, and the pair headed to meet friends Tyler Shamy and Will Ventres at Ventres' studio.[4][6] When they brought their initial demo track to the next BTR writing camp in January, Henderson said the band took an immediate liking, and it was here they crafted it into the "powerhouse tune" it ultimately became.[2][7][6] The group described the track as having a "Y2K feel" which calls back to the boy bands of early 2000s, and called it a "great illustration of how sometimes the smallest ideas can make the biggest waves."[6][3]

BTR first announced the single on April 4,[8], revealing the title on April 7.[9] James Maslow said "Waves" was a near-instant "front-runner" for a leading single, citing both the concept and tempo as well-suited.[2] The band kicked off promotion on April 24, posting a series of teaser videos via their social media platforms, leading up to the song's May 3 release date.[10][11][12] The release was accompanied by a music video, which premiered live on the band's YouTube channel at 12:00 PM EST.[13] The premiere was followed by a live "afterparty" event on YouTube Premium, where the band members answered questions and spoke about the song.[5]

Music video[]

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The initial teaser image, posted to the band's Twitter profile.

The band filmed a music video for "Waves" at Media Pollution Studios, from March 31-April 1, 2023.[13][14][15][16]. The video was directed by Jade Ehlers, who several of the members had worked with previously, and produced by Dustin Heveron.[13][2] It depicts a woman reaching into a set of static televisions, which she is then transported into. The remainder of the video shows the "in-universe" screen, in which BTR sing and dance amidst colorful backgrounds and fish lens camera shots. Discussing inspiration, the band wanted to make "something cinematic, very colorful, and something big,"[6] adding that Ehler's direction helped add the "hint of old-school boy band flair" they desired.[2]

On May 11, 2023, the band uploaded a behind-the-scenes video to their YouTube channel.[17]

Personnel[]

Credits adapted from YouTube Music.[18]

  • Written by: Will Ventres, Tyler Shamy, Kendall Schmidt, Logan Henderson
  • Produced by: Will Ventres
  • Vocals by: Big Time Rush
  • Mixed by: Nathan Phillips
  • Sound engineering by: Randy Merrill at Sterling Sound

Schmidt also played the drums on the track.[5]

Lyrics[]

Lyrics adapted from the band's YouTube channel.[13]

Stunned at the sight of ya
Can I confide in ya?
I'm tempted to fall in love
Come on baby, light it up
I can provide for ya
Push the rest to the side for ya
Switch up my life for ya
Come on, baby sign me up
We don't have to complicate
The night or hesitate
Can't fight what's right in front of us, yeah

CHORUS:
Let's sink in
I know what you been thinkin'
This is more than a feeling
I see that look in your eyes, eyes
Drift in
You got what I been missin'
20/21 vision
I see myself in your eyes, eyes
Let's make waves

It's about time
Can you feel the vibrations
We can talk it out on vacation
Cut the distractions
Words into actions
You're my new passion, yeah
We don't have to complicate
The night or hesitate
Can't fight what's right in front of us, yeah

CHORUS

All about, all about, all about us
Give me that, give me that, give me that rush
Never ah, never ah, never enough
Never enough
All about, all about, all about us
Give me that, give me that, give me that rush
Never ah, never ah, never enough
Never enough

CHORUS

Gallery[]

References[]

  1. Iahn, Buddy (May 3, 2023). "Big Time Rush drops 'Waves'". The Music Universe. Retrieved May 22, 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Shamim, Aman (May 7, 2023). "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Big Time Rush Is Making ‘Waves’ Once Again". The Honey POP. Retrieved May 7, 2023.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Roden, Ally (May 4, 2023). "Big Time Rush Make “Waves” With New Single From Their Forthcoming Album". Music Mayhem. Retrieved May 7, 2023.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Logan Henderson [@1loganhenderson] (May 3, 2023). "WAVES just dropped! This song started with a little voice memo I made late one night. Next day I Met up with Kendall at our usual spot…the Whole Foods bar (ya you read that correctly) and showed him what I had". Retrieved May 3, 2023.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Big Time Rush’s Premium YouTube Afterparty" on YouTube. Retrieved April 28, 2023.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Papadatos, Markos (May 3, 2023). "Big Time Rush talks about their new single ‘Waves’ and their 2023 tour". Digital Journal. Retrieved May 7, 2023.
  7. Big Time Rush [@bigtimerush] (25 January 2023) via Instagram story. An archive of this video is available here.
  8. Big Time Rush [@bigtimerush] (April 4, 2023). "It’s official. May 3 - New Single! Jun 9 - New Album! #BTRDay #BTR4". Retrieved April 12, 2023.
  9. Big Time Rush [@bigtimerush] (April 7, 2023). "New single Waves coming out May 3rd!!". Retrieved April 12, 2023.
  10. Big Time Rush [@bigtimerush] (April 24, 2023). "Stunned at the sight of ya! 👀👀👀 #BTRWaves". Retrieved April 24, 2023.
  11. Big Time Rush [@bigtimerush] (April 26, 2023). "This is more than a feeling! 🌊". Retrieved May 7, 2023.
  12. Big Time Rush [@bigtimerush] (April 27, 2023). "& the countdown begins! Less than a week until the Waves video premiere! We had a blast filming this one!! Make sure to join us for our YouTube After Party to celebrate at 9am (PT) on Wed, May 3rd!". Retrieved May 7, 2023.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 "Big Time Rush - Waves (Official Music Video)" on YouTube. Retrieved May 7, 2023.
  14. Big Time Rush via Instagram stories. Archived here from the originals.
  15. Big Time Rush via Instagram stories. Archived here from the originals.
  16. Big Time Rush [@bigtimerush] (April 1, 2023). "And that’s a wrap! New music video coming soon!! 😍". Retrieved May 7, 2023.
  17. "Behind the Scenes with BIG TIME RUSH (Waves)" on YouTube. Retrieved May 14, 2023.
  18. "Waves" on YouTube. Retrieved May 3, 2023.

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