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"Worldwide" is a song by Big Time Rush. Written by Edwin "Lil' Eddie" Serrano, Chris Rojas, and Emily Phillips, and produced by Rojas, "Worldwide" is a power ballad about a long-distance relationship. It was initially released as the fifth track on the band's first studio album, BTR, and was later released as the album's third single on June 17, 2011.

Composition[]

"Worldwide" was first written by Puerto Rican pop, R&B soul singer-songwriter Edwin "Lil' Eddie" Serrano, for Australian singer Cody Simpson, whom Serrano was working with at the time. However, producer Chris Rojas mentioned he had an opportunity with Nickelodeon and Columbia Records for Big Time Rush, and they offered it to the band to record.[4]

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BIG TIME RUSH in the studio recording WORLDWIDE with producer @ChrisRojas

Big Time Rush recorded the vocals for "Worldwide" with producer Chris Rojas at Westlake Recording Studios on May 25, 2010.[1] The song was one of eight that the band recorded in a week.[5]

Lyrically, "Worldwide" is written from the perspective of a lover who is traveling the world and misses their partner. Though they are well-known and famous, the narrator assures their partner that they will only ever think of them.

The vocal key of the song is notably high throughout the entirety of the song. According to James Maslow, the song is extremely difficult to perform live, and they typically sing in a different key than in the studio version.[6]

Release and reception[]

"Worldwide" is one of Big Time Rush's most well-known and popular songs. Ever since its live debut on the Big Time Rush in Concert tour, the band made a tradition of choosing a female audience member to bring up on stage during the song. These particular fans have become known as "Worldwide girls", a term the band has also acknowledged.

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BTR Worldwide 2020

In 2020, amid the global quarantine brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the four members of Big Time Rush each recorded themselves singing "Worldwide" individually and then combined the footage to create an acoustic, re-imagined version of the song, which they uploaded to their social media on June 17, 2020.[7] Aside from a brief teaser video in April 2020, this was the first activity by the band since their indefinite hiatus began in 2014.

The 2020 acoustic version was released for digital download and streaming on May 27, 2022.

Music video[]

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Big Time Rush - Worldwide

An accompanying music video was directed by Stewart Schill, who worked as an editor and occasional director on the Big Time Rush show.[6] The video ties into the show, as it is set during the episode "Big Time Break-Up", which was also directed by Schill. In the episode, Kendall Knight's girlfriend, Jo Taylor, accepts a movie role out-of-state and has to move away from the Palm Woods. Kendall, James, Carlos, and Logan accompany her to the airport to say goodbye, and while Jo walks through the airport toward her gate, the band performs "Worldwide", unseen to her. Their all-white outfits pay homage to the Backstreet Boys.[6]

The video was filmed on January 20, 2011, in the Ontario Airport in California, which is one of few airports in the United States that allows professional filming inside.[6][8] When the airport was closed, Nickelodeon and Columbia rented out the facilities and brought the video team in. All the people in the background were hired extras, which Carlos PenaVega estimated totaled a couple hundred.[6]

The band nicknamed Schill "Skyshot" because of his insistence on using camera shots from far above the ground, which was achieved using a large crane that held up the cameras. It took a team of four or five people at once to operate the crane for the desired shots. Logan Henderson recalled that because of the speed at which the crane moved, they had to speed up the song at certain points so that they could lip-sync and dance faster, which would then be normalized in editing.[6]

Credits and personnel[]

Credits transcribed from the liner notes of BTR.[3]

  • (Composed by) Eddie Serrano, Emily Phillips, Chris Rojas
  • © 2010 EMI Blackwood, Inc. o/b/o Itself and Lil Eddie Music (BMI)/Emily Phillips (PRS)/Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP) o/b/o Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd (PRS), Universal Music – Z Tunes LLC/Christopher Rojas Music (ASCAP) o/b/o Christopher Rojas
  • Produced by Chris Rojas (RMI)
  • Vocal Production: Chris Rojas and Eddie "Lil Eddie" Serrano
  • Engineer: Chris Rojas, Tucker Robinson (Assistant Engineer)
  • Recorded at RMI Studios, Los Angeles, CA and Westlake Studios, Los Angeles, CA
  • Mixed at Rocket Carousel Studios, Los Angeles, CA
  • All Instruments by Chris Rojas

Track listing[]

  • Germany CD single
  1. "Worldwide" — 3:44
  2. "Til I Forget About You" (Cash Cash Remix) — 4:01
  • Germany digital download
  1. "Worldwide" — 3:44
  2. "Til I Forget About You" (Halatrax Remix) — 3:51
  3. "Til I Forget About You" (Cash Cash Remix) — 4:01
  4. "Stuck" — 3:05

Release history[]

Release dates for "Worldwide"
Country / region Date Format Label Notes Ref.
Germany August 5, 2011 Digital download Nickelodeon, Columbia
[1]
CD [2]

Lyrics[]

Lyrics adapted from the liner notes of BTR.[3]

Wait a minute
Before you tell me anything how was your day?
'Cause I
Been missing you by my side, yeah
Did I awake you out of your dream
I'm sorry but I couldn't sleep
You calm me down there's something 'bout
The sound of your voice
I-I-I-I'm never, never
Never as far away as it may seem
Soon we'll be together
We'll pick up right where we left off...

Chorus:
Paris, London, Tokyo
There's just one thing that I gotta do
(Hello)
Tuck you in every night
on the phone
(Hello)
Tuck you in every night
Hello, tuck you in every night on the phone
Hello, tuck you in every night
And I can hardly take another goodbye
Baby won't be long
And you're the one that I'm waiting on
(Hello)
Tuck you in every night on the phone

(Hello)
Girl I'll be thinking about you
Worldwide (x3)
Girl I'll be thinking about you
Worldwide (x3)
(Girl I'll be thinking about you)
Yes, I may
Meet a million pretty girls that know my name
But don't you worry
'Cause you have my heart, yeah
It ain't easy
To keep on moving city to city just get up and go
But the show must go on
So I need you to be strong
I-I-I-I'm never, never
Never as far away as it may seem
Soon we'll be together
We'll pick up right where we left off...

Chorus

(Oh)
Wherever the wind blows me
You're still the one and only
Girl on my mind
Baby know
There ain't no one better
So always remember
Always remember
Girl you're mine

Chorus

Yes, I may
Meet a million pretty girls that know my name
But don't you worry
'Cause you have my heart

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Trivia[]

  • Big Time Rush performed "Worldwide" in Spanish during their concert in Mexico City, Mexico on October 1, 2011. They also recorded a studio version in Spanish in June 2011, though it was never released.[9] The first seventeen seconds of this recording were leaked online in 2012.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Rojas, Chris [@ChrisRojas] (May 26, 2010). [https://twitter.com/ChrisRojas/status/14787685365 "You guys kicked a$$ yesterday - studio vocal beasts!! good times -- @bigtimerush @TheCarlosPena @jamesmaslow @1LoganHenderson @HeffronDrive" (Tweet). Retrieved 29 March 2022 – via Twitter.
  2. Rojas, Chris [@ChrisRojas] (July 5, 2010). "killin' it at Westlake with @BigTimeRush" (Tweet). Retrieved 29 March 2022 – via Twitter.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 BTR (liner notes). Big Time Rush. Nickelodeon Records, Columbia Records. 2010.
  4. Lil' Eddie [@LilEddie] (September 15, 2020). "@bigtimerush "Worldwide" 🌎 "I wrote the song initially with #codysimpson in mind as I was working with him at the time. The producer told me he had another opportunity for a new Nickelodeon show and boy band, #bigtimerush" (Tweet). Retrieved February 24, 2022 – via Twitter.
  5. PenaVega, Carlos [@TheCarlosPena] (May 24, 2010). "in the studio.. James just went in. sounding sick and its only the 1st song of the week! 7 more to go!!!" (Tweet). Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 "Big Time Rush Reacts to "Worldwide" Music Video". Entertainment Weekly. YouTube.com. Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  7. "BTR Worldwide 2020". LexLovesLos. YouTube.com. Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  8. Maslow, James [@JamesMaslow] (January 20, 2011). "Hey guys I'll be back to responding to tweets soon! Just in the middle of filming a music video for "Worldwide"." (Tweet). Retrieved 28 April 2022.
  9. Rojas, Chris [@ChrisRojas] (June 10, 2011). "Yeeeee @JamesMaslow is killing these vox in Spanish! Who knew!?" (Tweet). Retrieved 29 March 2022.

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V·T·E Songs in Big Time Rush
Season 1 "Big Time Rush" · "Famous" · "City Is Ours" · "Any Kind of Guy" · "This Is Our Someday" · "Halfway There" · "Stuck" · "A Shot in the Dark" · "Count on You"
Season 2 "Til I Forget About You" · "Boyfriend" · "I Know You Know" · "Big Night" · "Nothing Even Matters" · "Make a Beautiful Christmas" · "All I Want for Christmas" · "Yardsquirrel's Christmas" · "Oh Yeah" · "Dance, Dance, Dance" · "The Mom Song" · "Worldwide" · "Paralyzed" · "Superstar" · "If I Ruled the World" · "Blow Your Speakers" · "All Over Again"
Season 3 "Love Me Love Me" · "Time of Our Life" · "Cover Girl" · "Elevate" · "Movin' Up to Bel Air" · "Windows Down" · "No Idea"
Season 4 "Like Nobody's Around" · "With Ur Love" · "Picture This" · "You Dumped Me for Her" · "24/seven" · "Confetti Falling" · "My Friends" · "Song for You" · "Run Wild" · "Untouchable" · "Get Up" · "Crazy for U" · "We Are"
Big Time Movie "Can't Buy Me Love" · "Help" · "A Hard Day's Night" · "We Can Work It Out" · "Revolution" · "Music Sounds Better with U"
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