Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Nickelodeon boy band's debut album is fine for tweens.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 16 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

"Halfway There" is a song about achieving your dreams and persevering: "How you gonna reach the stars if you never leave the ground? And you'll always be where you are if you let the world knock you down."


Positive Role Models & Representations

Boy band sings about going out and relationships, but keep it clean and okay for kids. Song "Count on You" talks about stepping up in a relationship.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

This boy band also has a hit Nick TV show of the same name. "Boyfriend" mentions movie Slumdog Millionaire and a romance "bigger than a Twilight love affair."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this boy band is making tween hearts swoon with their hit Nickelodeon TV show, Big Time Rush. In their debut album they sing about relationships, going out, and making the most of your life, but it's all clean and age-appropriate for young fans.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byclarence August 6, 2015
Adult Written byTVAGE December 18, 2013
Teen, 13 years old Written byi'mbeautiful January 8, 2016

Funny amazing and great role model

Great and amazing and a role model
Kid, 11 years old February 2, 2013

Nick's Best Offer

Nickelodeon has one good live-action sitcom left since Icarly,Victorious and How To Rock are getting cancelled. This is a great show.

What's the story?

Nickelodeon TV show Big Time Rush, about a singing foursome from Minnesota who relocate to make it big in L.A., is only in its first season, but it's already a huge hit, and is the top-rated live-action comedy series on the network. The boys of Big Time Rush, (Kendall, James, Carlos, and Logan) are quickly becoming the new IT boy band, with popular singles like "Stuck" and "Halfway There." The 12 tracks on their debut album BTR include hits from the show, as well as cool collaborations with Jordin Sparks and Cymphonique.

Is it any good?

Not since 'N Sync or the Backstreet Boys has there been a boy band making such a sudden splash in the tweenage music world. Big Time Rush is a standout, not only because of their boyish charm and good looks, but because their music is a cool blend of synth-pop, hip-hop, and boy-band harmonies. "City is Ours" is already a digital hit, and "Count on You" with Jordin Sparks is a catchy collaboration about earning your place in a relationship. With a hit TV show to showcase their music and their adorable personalities, Big Time Rush won't be in a hurry out of the spotlight.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fact that this band has their own TV series. Do you watch the show? Does watching the show make you want to buy and listen to their music? Or, does their music make you want to watch the show?

  • So many young TV stars make records these days (Hannah Montana, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, etc.). Do you like the way so many of these stars are becoming singers? Or do you think it's just another way for the networks to profit off of young stars?

Music details

  • Artist: Big Time Rush
  • Release date: October 12, 2010
  • Label: Columbia
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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