Wednesday, April 22, 2020

We're In This Together: Big Time Rush Hosts Virtual Reunion to Encourage Fans to Stay Indoors and Keep Healthy

With the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic still wrecking havoc globally, Logan Henderson, James Maslow, Kendall Schmidt and Carlos PenaVega - the stars of Nickelodeon's hit musical comedy series Big Time Rush - recently came together for a special virtual reunion to encourage fans to stay indoors to stop the spread of the virus and to remain healthy!


If BTR says #StayHome, you know you #StayHome!

From Billboard:

Big Time Rush Virtually Reunite & It Feels Like 2010 All Over Again

Big Time Rush Virtually Reunite & It Feels Like 2010 All Over Again

Big Time Rush attend their press conference and tour announcement at House of Blues on April 1, 2013 in West Hollywood, Calif.

Big Time Rush hosted the reunion of a lifetime on Monday while each member stayed cooped up at home. And they advised their loyal fanbase to do the same.

"It has been a minute!" James Maslow exclaimed in the minute-long video, uploaded to BTR's Twitter and soundtracked by their groovy 2011 single "Windows Down." But the boys aren't surfing at the beach again like in their music video. "We wanted to jump on this virtual hangout and say hi and wish everybody well. Hope you guys are all staying healthy during this crazy time."

"It's a great time to stay connected like we are, and I think it's a great time to reach out to friends and family," Kendall Schmidt jumped in.

As Logan Henderson asked everyone to "continue to stay home and stay safe" and "practice a little bit more love and compassion," Carlos PenaVega "spread that love, spread that aloha" to everyone watching. But BTR fans couldn't contain their excitement when PenaVega signed off by saying, "See you guys soon" -- which caused a Twitter frenzy of memes featuring Stephen Kramer Glickman, who played the boy band's fictional manager Gustavo Rocque in their Nickelodeon sitcom, as well as snippets from their "Boyfriend" video that premiered during a Big Time Rush episode.

Watch Big Time Rush's reunion unfold [above].

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From GMA News Online:

Teen boy band 'Big Time Rush' reunites to spread love amid COVID-19 threat

Popular 2010's boy band "Big Time Rush" had a surprise virtual reunion to spread love and compassion amid the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

In a video posted on Twitter, the four members, Kendall Schmidt, Logan Henderson James Maslow, and Carlos Peรฑa Jr. can be seen sharing a video call among each other while reaching out to their fans.

They were in a hiatus since 2014.

"It's been a little while since we all got together, and we wanted to jump on this little virtual hangout and say hi and wish everybody well," James said.

Kendall added that now was a great time to "stay connected like we all are" and to "reach out to friends and family and make sure everybody is doing okay."

Logan advised the public to stay at home, stay safe and practice "love and compassion."

Finally, Carlos reminded everyone that "we're in this together" and we should all continue to "spread the love, spread that aloha."

They ended their message with a sweet, "See you soon!"

"Big Time Rush" was known for their hit songs "Windows Down" and "Boyfriend." They had their own television show on Nickelodeon before they pursued their own projects.

As of writing, the video has reached over 8.6 million views. --Kaela Malig/MGP, GMA News

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From PopBuzz:

Big Time Rush reunite after six-year hiatus and tease new music

Big Time Rush reunite and tease comeback

Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Logan Henderson and Carlos PenaVega are back together.

Rushers, our time is now. Big Time Rush just reunited in a video, reactivated their Twitter page and teased a 2020 comeback.

Reunion season is well and truly upon us. The Jonas Brothers reformed last year, the Pussycat Dolls are back together and it even looks like One Direction are working on something. However, there's one beloved group that have been silent until now. Ever since Big Time Rush split in 2014 after three albums and their own iconic Nickelodeon show, fans have wanted more.

And now our prayers have been answered. Big Time Rush just posted their first video together since they ended things.

Taking to Twitter last night (Apr 21), Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Logan Henderson and Carlos PenaVega made a virtual hangout video of all four of them on the official Big Time Rush Twitter page. In it, they encourage their fans to stay safe and reconnect with friends and family like they've been doing. However, it appears they've been doing more than just talking.

At the end of the video, Carlos said: "We love you guys so much. Spread that love, spread that aloha and who knows... a lot to look forward to at the end of this." In other words, it looks like there will be a Big Time Rush reunion "to look forward to" when lockdown ends. If that weren't enough, Carlos ended the video saying: "See you soon". YES. THIS IS REAL LIFE.

Naturally, fans started losing it and Big Time Rush began liking tweets seemingly confirming that not only is a reunion on the way but new music and a tour. One tweet they liked says: "April, the fourth month. Big time rush... 4th album. I hope." So it looks like a new album is coming. Plus Nickelodeon retweeted their tweets so there may be a TV show and a tour too.

BRB - listening to 'Boyfriend' on repeat until lockdown ends.

What do you think? Would you like new Big Time Rush music?

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From People:

Big Time Rush Virtually Reunite to 'Spread That Love' to Fans During Coronavirus Pandemic

Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Logan Henderson, and Carlos PenaVega want Big Time Rush fans to know, "we're in this together"

Add Big Time Rush to the ever-growing list of stars who have staged virtual reunions during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Nickelodeon TV stars turned boy band — made up of Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Logan Henderson, and Carlos PenaVega — came back together on Tuesday, sharing a sweet message to fans on their Twitter account.

“It’s been a little while since we all got together, so we wanted to jump on this little virtual hangout and say hi and wish everybody well,” said Maslow in the clip. “Hope you guys are all staying healthy during this crazy time.”

“It’s a great time to stay connected — like we are — and I think it’s a great time to reach out to friends and family, check in, and make sure everyone’s doing okay. ” added Schmidt.

Henderson then took control over the chat, asking fans to “continue to stay home and stay safe” and urging them to “practice a little more love and compassion right now.”

“We’re in this together,” said PenaVega. We love you guys so much. Spread that love, spread that aloha. And who knows, a lot to look forward to at the end of this. See you guys soon!”

Their clip was underscored by their 2011 single “Windows Down.”

It’s been six years since Big Time Rush disbanded, Schmidt, Maslow, Henderson, and PenaVega going their separate ways to pursue their own projects.

The group was formed first as a fictional band for the 2009 scripted Nickelodeon comedy series of the same name, which saw Schmidt, Maslow, Henderson, and PenaVega playing four hockey players who are hilariously selected to form a boy band by a mega music producer.

A record deal came simultaneously with the series, with the band putting out original music first seen on the show.

Their debut album, titled BTR, was released in October 2010 and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 charts. A holiday EP followed in November.

By February 2011, Big Time Rush had its first single on mainstream U.S. radio, the pop jam, “Boyfriend.” Success didn’t slow from there, with two more LPs — Elevate (2011) and 24/Seven (2013) — a series of North American tours, a full-length 2012 film (Big Time Movie) and a soundtrack EP. They were named the world’s best live act at the 2014 World Music Awards.

But the group didn’t last far beyond the ending of the series, which came to a close in July 2013.

After splitting in 2014, Schmidt returned to his band, Heffron Drive, while Maslow, Henderson, and PenaVega all released solo projects.

Maslow competed on the 18th season of Dancing with the Stars, reaching fourth place, and as well as the inaugural season of the U.S. installment of Celebrity Big Brother.

PenaVega, who is married to Spy Kids star Alexa PenaVega, also competed alongside his wife on the 21st season of Dancing with the Stars. Both were eliminated before the finals.

As for whether new music is on the way, fans are hopeful the virtual reunion is the first sign of more to come.

“The band itself is never going to die,” Maslow told the Huffington Post back in 2013. “In terms of new content, it might be a while, but might not be ever. We don’t know at this point and we’ve all kind of been saying, ‘We’re all really excited and really antsy to be our own individual artists outside the band — and support each other.’ “

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H/T: Special thanks to @RealMagitroopa for the news!; Additional source: Go Tech Daily.

Originally published: Monday, April 20, 2020 at 18:02 BST.

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