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"Welcome to Hollywood" is a song written by Andreas Carlsson and Bryan Todd.[1] It was written for Nickelodeon's boy-band project, which eventually developed into Big Time Rush.

Background and composition[]

In the early stages of Nickelodeon's boy band project, Sony Music hired several professional producers to act as music consultants. Andreas Carlsson and Bryan Todd collaborated to write "Welcome to Hollywood", which they intended for the band to use.[2] Simon Curtis, an American actor and singer who previously starred in Nickelodeon's television film Spectacular!, was selected to test for the show's pilot, and the studio had him record a demo.[2]

As the project developed, Curtis was replaced by other members, and "Welcome to Hollywood" was sold to Disney Channel actor Mitchel Musso. Unbeknownst to Curtis, his background vocals were kept for Musso to lip-sync to during live performances, and they also remain in the official studio release of the track.[2]

"Welcome to Hollywood" was never released by Big Time Rush, and it is unknown which iteration of the band, if any, recorded vocals beyond Curtis's original demo.

Lyrics[]

I felt last night that we had something
You rolled your eyes like it was nothing new
You only think about you
Put your shades on not to show it
Don't pretend that you don't know it's true
You only think about–
If you look good, then girl, you should

Welcome to Hollywood
Boy, you better live it up before it brings you down
Welcome to Hollywood
Just got a grip on how to get around

I'm so glad I got to know you
Now I know what I'm supposed to do
You only think about you
The friendly faces I've been seeing
Now I know they're far from being true
You only think about–
If you look good, I guess I should

Welcome to Hollywood
Boy, you better live it up before it brings you down
Welcome to Hollywood
Just got a grip on how to get around

In your favorite tinseltown
The boulevards, the neon lights
I've been in love since the first sight
I wouldn't change it if I could
Welcome to Hollywood
Welcome to Hollywood
Boy, you better live it up before it brings you down
Welcome to Hollywood
Just got a grip on how to get around

Welcome to Hollywood
Just got a grip on how to get around
Dog-eat-dog just to be seen, in the tabloid magazine
Seventeen a millionaire
Daddy's money, do you care?
Welcome to Hollywood

References

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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