On Saturday evening, amid a night of new episodes of Victorious and True Jackson VP, Big Time Rush — the fledgling boy-band created by Nickelodeon via the teen-bopping series of the same name — debuted their latest music video for their pop ditty “Boyfriend,” a collaboration with Snoop Dogg. (See EW’s First Look at the Snoop’s guest spot on the series back in November.) And you know what? The song is actually kinda totally infectious and fun — so much so that I can’t get it out of my head for days and days afterward. What I’m saying is: I’m a fan of Big Time Rush. Yes, yes, in the scheme of boy bands of all time, it remains to be seen if Big Time Rush will be remembered like the greats New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys and ‘NSYNC. (The real meter of success is: Will I be karaoking “Boyfriend” in 10 years like I karaoked “I Want It That Way” last Saturday night?) But, truly, you never know what Big Time Rush could become, right? Super stardom is possible. Heck, they’re working with Snoop, which is always a good sign.

So with that, I’m happy to bring you a little behind-the-scenes video from the “Boyfriend” music video shoot. In it, the cuties — that’d be Kendall, 20; James, 20; Carlos, 21; and Logan, 21—tell us how and why they made the music video, what it was like working with Snoop, and lots more. And beyond that — in true, teen-zine fandom craziness! — you’ll find some candid answers from the guys on a number of hot-hot-hot topics, ranging from their vices while recording and dream collaborators to what kind of music they listened to while growing up and what boy bands they love. Enjoy!

And now for those quick Q&A sessions with the boys…


What’s your favorite food or vice to get you through a long recording session?

As bad as it is…coffee. I usually take down a couple of cups during a session.

What song on your album doesn’t get enough love that people should really listen to?

We have so many great songs on the album, but one of my personal favorites is “Nothing Even Matters.”

What kind of music did you grow up listening to?

I grew up with the Beatles, B.B. King, Elvis, Eric Clapton, Aerosmith, Incubus, Taking Back Sunday, Radiohead, and Michael Jackson.


What boy bands out there do you think are great—and why?

Looking at the past, ‘NSYNC was the greatest in my opinion. They literally spent years rehearsing before they did any major tour and thanks to that, they were a well-oiled machine. Justin Timberlake is a prime example of how a truly talented artist can then transition from a group into a successful solo career, and the lesson I take from that is to never stop training and striving to get better.

Who are your celebrity crushes?

I have had a crush on Emma Watson since the first Harry Potter. No, I haven’t met her yet, but a guy can hope.

What do you look for in a girl?

For me to be interested in a girl, she has to have an outgoing personality and a passion of her own. Low maintenance is nice, too.


Why do you think Snoop Dogg wanted to work with you?

We were very excited when we found out that Snoop Dogg wanted to do the show. He told us that his daughter was a big fan and that once he knew that, it was a done deal. In his many years of doing shows and videos, his daughter had not once wanted to come to the set as much as she did for the Big Time Rush Snoop “Boyfriend” video!

What was it like working with him?

Working with Snoop Dogg was just as awesome as anyone might think. He met all of our expectations and more. He’s just as cool and relaxed as he appears.

You’ve worked with Snoop Dogg now, but who are your dream collaborators?

We would love to work with Justin Timberlake. We all look up to him very much and it would be a dream to collaborate on a song with him.


What song on your album doesn’t get enough love that people should really listen to?

Thankfully, our fans give a lot of love to all our songs. That is why we have the best fans in the world.

Why do you think Snoop Dogg wanted to work with you? What was it like working with him?

I know he was a fan because his daughter was a big fan of the show and the music. So we got the chance to work with a legend…and he couldn’t have been any cooler! Thanks Snoop!

You’ve worked with Snoop Dogg now, but who are your dream collaborators?

We all agree — Justin Timberlake would be pretty amazing.

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