MKTO is a Californian music duo consisting of Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller. The two met in 2010 while filming the Nickelodeon television series Gigantic, in which they played best friends. They later formed a musical duo and came up with the name MKTO, which represents their combined initials. They elaborated upon the inspiration for their group name, saying "it also stands for what our album kind of is: Misfit Kids and Total Outcasts – just like the kids we were in high school". Oller's previous acting career included a role on the Disney television series As the Bell Rings, while Kelley appeared on the show Lost.
The group signed to Columbia Records and released their debut single Thank You on January 15, 2013. The song's music video was released onto YouTube via VEVO on January 4, 2013, and garnered over 500,000 views in two days. The song has attained commercial success, reaching the top ten on the singles charts of Australia and New Zealand.