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Big Time Rush Singer Kendall Schmidt’s Solo Transition Gets Feature Documentary
EXCLUSIVE: Big Time Rush’s lead singer Kendall Schmidt is taking a solo sabbatical, and the results will be turned into a feature documentary he’ll make with producer Garret Grant. Grant — whose credits include Hairspray, Rock of Ages and Justin Bieber: Believe — will join Schmidt on his upcoming debut tour with solo band Heffron Drive, which takes Schmidt through 20 major cities throughout November and December. Schmidt is the first of the current boy band stars to go solo, and though he’ll make himself available for Big Time Rush reunions, putting the results on film is a way for him to broaden his horizons.
“It’s awesome to have Garret along to document this crazy time in my life,” Schmidt says. “It’s scary, it’s new, but it’s a really special moment, debuting Heffron Drive, heading out on tour and reuniting with all the amazing fans. It’s all I’ve ever wanted.”
The 23-year-old, who grew up acting, is taking his film ambitions further. With partners and producers Rob Minkoff, manager Michael Cammarata and brother Kevin, Schmidt will be part of the animated film The Great Migration. He’ll be joined by Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale and Ashley Benson. That group will voice the lead characters and score the original soundtrack. They expect to start production in the winter and release the film through the newly formed CMI Entertainment group.
Kendall Schmidt talks with The Oracle about Heffron Drive!
Since the end of the popular Nickelodeon TV show “Big Time Rush,” the front man of the teenage boy band with the same name, Kendall Schmidt, has been touring as a member of Heffron Drive with his friend Dustin Belt.
Heffron Drive is about to embark on a winter tour consisting of 21 stops including one at The Orpheum in Ybor City on Nov. 28.
The Oracle spoke with Schmidt to talk about leaving the show, his solo career and life on tour.
The Oracle: How do you want this tour to differ from the ones you’ve done with Big Time Rush?
Kendall Schmidt: I want it to be more intimate where I can make my fans feel like a part of the band and get them more involved. It’s more about a good performance this time instead of all the production.
O: How is the music different?
KS: The music is a little older, and it’s more about what I’ve been going through and my real life experiences; also it’s more relatable.
read the rest of the interview under the break.
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A congrats is in order for Alexa Vega and Carlos Pena – they are engaged to be married!
“Hello fiancé…,” the 25-year-old actress posted on Instagram, along with a pic of her 24-year-old Big Time Rush beau.
“My angel!!! @vegaalexa awesome road trip so far!! Now we just need to get back…” Carlos tweeted that same day. It looks like they just got back from vacay together!
There’s no word yet on when or how he proposed, but check back for details!
Congrats again to the happy couple!
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Big Time Rush: Listen to full album stream for ’24/seven’ — EXCLUSIVE
Rushers, get ready to dance.
EW has an exclusive stream of Big Time Rush’s upcoming third album, 24/seven. Logan, James, Carlos, and Kendall showcase their boy-band best on tracks like “Crazy for You” and “Picture This.” It’s a particularly great time for fans — in addition to the new album, the fourth season of Big Time Rush premiered last month on Nick.
Listen to the full 10-song album at ew.com
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24/Seven Album Artwork Revealed!
Rushers, we’re so excited to premiere the cover art for Big Time Rush’s new album, 24/Seven (due in June), with all of you!
During our recent live video Q&A couch sesh with the guys, Logan Henderson, James Maslow, Kendall Schmidt and Carlos Pena, Jr. told us they thought long and hard about what they wanted as the image for the album cover. And we love that they chose something everyone could relate to.
They kept it casual by hanging out in front of a convenience store being, well, normal guys!
It’s straightforward and represents BTR outside of their crazy work schedules. With Logan on the skateboard, Kendall with his slurpee, Carlos holding a toy helicopter control and James just hanging out, they prove that they are just four guys who like to have a good time, all the time.
What do you think of the album art?
Also, don’t forget that season 4 of Big Time Rush starts on May 2 on Nickelodeon!
24/Seven tracklist & release date revealed!
Are you ready, Rushers? Check out the exclusive Vine announcement below from Big Time Rush to find out the names of all 15 track on the deluxe version of the group’s upcoming third album, 24/seven. Then keep reading to find out when you could get your hands on a copy.
The album is due out on June 11 and will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow. Logan, James, Carlos, and Kendall took to Twitter last Friday to tell fans the names of four of the tracks. Take a look at photos of each title track reveal, also listed below, from today’s Vine.
2. “Like Nobody’s Around”
3. “Get Up”
4. “Song For You feat. Karmin”
5. “Run Wild”
6. “Crazy For U”
7. “Picture This”
8. “Confetti Falling”
10. “We Are”
11. “Love Me Again”
12. “Just Getting Started”
14. “Lost in Love featuring Jake Miller”
15. “Na Na Na”
The band recently announced the Summer Break Tour with Victoria Justice starting June 21 starting in LA and stopping in over 38 cities. And season 4 of Big Time Rush will premiere on Nickelodeon on May 2.
James & Kendall write a letter to the fans!
What up Rushers?!
We decided to stop by AOL Music today and thought we’d write a little letter to the best fans in the world. That’s you, btw … our Rushers! So we have lots of new updates — tons of fun and exciting things going on in the world of BTR and I think we should share them with you. Cool beans?
First off, 24/Seven!!! This is the name of our brand new album! Though we don’t know the “exact” date of when it will be available, we’re just going to say early June. However, we promise that we will know very soon and you all will be the first to know! But let us tell you, it will be awesome! Imagine an album full of awesome … sauce! With awesome bacon-songs? And lots of red velvety lyrics. LOL (but seriously).
Second, the 4th season of “Big Time Rush”! This fantastic collection of hilarity and moving pictures shall begin May 2nd on Nickelodeon! We are calling it Big Time Thursdays and will have new episodes EVERY Thursday! We suggest you watch, laugh and enjoy the comedic adventures of four very handsome gentlemen who play hockey (on rare occasion), sing awesome-sauce tunes and get into the occasional bit of mischief. What a fantastic combination, if we do say so ourselves.
Third, the Summer Break Tour!!! We are indeed hitting the road once more this summer, and hope to see you there! The tour kicks off June 21st and if you don’t happen to have a set of tickets in your hand at the moment, I suggest you go to www.summerbreaktour.com and get some now! Our friend Victoria Justice will be along for the ride along with Jackson Guthy and Olivia Somerlyn, so expect a TON of great music!
And last, but certainly not least, we want to take this opportunity to thank you guys, the fans. We would not be here, sitting at this desk, in this building, typing on this keyboard and writing this letter were it not for you guys. Nor would we be able to make a fun TV show, or travel the world playing music for amazing fans just like you. So from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for always supporting us and helping us to achieve our dreams. We love you all!!!
Peace, love and rock n’ roll,
James and Kendall
April 17th 2013 – James Maslow & Kendall Schmidt visit AOL Music
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Victoria Justice to guest on Big Time Rush
Nickelodeon’s bringing some Justice to Big Time Rush.
EW has learned that Victoria Justice, former star of Victorious, will appear as herself on an installment of Nickelodeon’s boy band sitcom this spring. The episode, titled “Big Time Tour Bus,” is notable for another reason as well — it’ll be directed by band member Carlos Pena, who plays jokester Carlos on the show.
In “Big Time Tour Bus,” the boys find themselves caught in traffic while traveling to their next gig. It’s up to Justice to keep the concert’s audience entertained as the guys try to figure out what to do next.
Art, naturally, imitates life; as announced last week, Justice will be joining Big Time Rush on their upcoming Summer Break Tour. Concerts begin in LA June 21st; tickets will go on sale this Saturday, April 6.
James Maslow Talks Bachelor Pads, Body Building and His ‘Big Time’ Future
Starring in the hit Nickelodeon series Big Time Rush has changed 22-year-old James Maslow’s life in a big time way. Five years ago the SoCal native couldn’t imagine touring the globe, owning a home in the Hollywood Hills and restoring vintage cars (for fun, not because it’s the only way to get from point A to point B!). Thanks to the huge success of the show and the pop group, James’ career is on the rise, leading him to guest gigs on other Nick series like Marvin Marvin and See Dad Run. James talks to OK! about living the dream, buying his first place and what’s next!
OK!: How has life changed in the past four years?
James Maslow: It’s pretty amazing. I went from sleeping on my Godmother’s couch out here (in LA), driving an old Mustang and basically auditioning and driving four times a week from San Diego to being 22 and buying a house in the hills. I talk about cars I’m rebuilding. I’m rebuilding a car for fun. I didn’t grow up in that type of environment. The house I have now is so much nicer than anything I had when I was younger. My dad was over because we cooked steaks the other night and we were just talking about it. It’s really cool. That’s a really nice perk, the financial aspect of it. We’re (Big Time Rush) not The Beatles. We’re not at the point where I can just spend whatever I want but even at the point now it’s so nice. But what I’m most excited about is it’s been such a great stepping stone. The experience I’ve had in music and TV and film because of this project, from traveling the world to shooting 77 episodes and doing a couple of movies is pretty amazing. I can’t wait to parlay that into the next step in my career which is coming up pretty soon.
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