Pentatonix(often abbreviated asPTX) is an American a cappella group from Arlington , Texas consisting of five vocalists : Avi Kaplan, Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado , Kevin Olusola , and Mitch Grassi.Their work, which is mostly in the pop style, consists of covers of existing songs, sometimes in the form of medleys , along with their original material. Their music is defined by their own arrangement style, tight vocal harmonies, extensive vocal riffing , deep and steady vocal basslines , and a diverse range of vocal percussion and beatboxing .Pentatonix formed in 2011 and came to prominence the same year by winning the third season ofThe Sing-Offon NBC , their victory earning them $200,000 and a recording contract with Sony Music .After being dropped from Epic afterThe Sing-Off, the group formed their popular YouTube channel and distributed their music through Madison Gate Records , a small independent label owned by Sony Pictures that mainly distributes movie soundtracks.The group also makes effective use of social media to interact with their fan base.Having now eclipsed 10.5 million subscribers and more than 1.54 billion total views, Pentatonix's official YouTube channel is currently the 13th most subscribed music video channel and the 44th most subscribed channel overall, with their most viewed music video being a tribute to Daft Punk that has accumulated over 200 million views.Their debut EPPTX, Volume 1was released in 2012, followed by their holiday releasePTXmasthe same year, with Pentatonix's third release,PTX, Vol. II, debuting at number 1 onBillboard's Independent Albums chart and number 10 on theBillboard200 in 2013.In May 2014, Pentatonix signed with RCA Records , a "flagship" label of Sony Music Entertainment ,while in the same year, the group released their fourth EP,PTX, Vol. III, and two full-length studio albums;PTX, Vols. 1 & 2, a compilation album released in Japan, Korea and Australia, and their second holiday release,That's Christmas to Me, with the album certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), platinum on December 24, 2014, and double platinum on February 11, 2016, becoming the highest-charting holiday album by a group since 1962, and the fourth-best-selling album in the United States in 2014.The following year, Pentatonix released their eponymous album , their first consisting mostly of original material, which debuted atop the US Billboard 200 chart for the first time in their career.Pentatonix, together with music producer and arranger Ben Bram, won the Grammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella twice, first in 2015 for "Daft Punk" at the 57th Grammy Awards , and then again in 2016 for " Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy " at the 58th Grammy Awards ; they are the only a capella artist to have won the award.
Hearing of a local radio show hosting a competition to meet the cast ofGlee, they arranged a trio version of " Telephone " and sent it in. Although they did not end up winning the competition, it sparked attention around their school, where the group began performing. After their version of "Telephone" by Lady Gaga gained attention on YouTube , they continued performing.
He persuaded Kirstie Maldonado and Mitch Grassi to join him, but Bram suggested having a bass and beatboxer as well to support the groupHoying met Avriel "Avi" Kaplan (born April 17, 1989), a highly recognized vocal bass in the a cappella community, through a mutual friend. Then the trio found Kevin Olusola (born October 5, 1988) on YouTube, where one of his videos in which he was simultaneously beatboxing and playing the cello (called "celloboxing") had gone viral. Kevin was born in Owensboro, Kentucky and graduated pre-med from Yale University . He speaks fluent Mandarin after spending a year studying in China.
The quintet derives its influences from pop , dubstep , electro , reggae , hip hop , and classical music.
. The group did not perform in Episode 1 or 3.
|Episode||Theme||Song choice||Original artist|
|2||Signature Songs||" E.T. "||Katy Perry|
|4||Current Hits||" Your Love Is My Drug "||Ke$ha|
|1960s Favorites||" Piece of My Heart "||Erma Franklin(credited to Janis Joplin )|
|5||Guilty Pleasures||" Video Killed the Radio Star "||The Buggles|
|6||Hip-Hop||" Love Lockdown "||Kanye West|
|7||Superstar Medleys||Medley of " Oops!... I Did It Again ", " Toxic " and " Hold It Against Me "||Britney Spears|
|8||Rock classics||" Born to be Wild "||Steppenwolf|
|Country hits||" Stuck Like Glue "||Sugarland|
|9||R&B||" OMG "||Usher(featuring will.i.am )|
|" Let's Get It On "||Marvin Gaye|
|10||Mastermix Medleys||" Forget You " / " Since U Been Gone "||Cee Lo Green / Kelly Clarkson|
|Judges' Choice||" Dog Days Are Over "||Florence and the Machine|
|11 (Finale)||First performance||" Without You "||David Guetta(feat. Usher )|
|Second performance||" Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche) "||98 Degrees(sung with host Nick Lachey )|
|Victory song||" Eye of the Tiger "||Survivor|
The main goal of the group is to become the first mainstream a cappella group in recent times.
The group promoted the album through press appearances onAccess Hollywood, VH1The Buzz, Marie, and local television shows. Pentatonix were also featured on the Chinese version ofThe Sing-Offas guests where Kevin showcased his fluency in Mandarin.Pentatonix also embarked on their first national headlining tour in Fall of 2012. The tour was sold-out and spanned 30 cities. Opening acts consisted of Alexander Cardinale and SJ Acoustic Music.
reappeared on theBillboardcharts again in November 2014, placing No. 24 on theBillboard200 and No. 4 on the Holiday charts, giving Pentatonix three albums on theBillboard200 at the same time.OnBillboard's 2014 Year-End charts, PTXmas was No. 8 on theCatalogue Albumschartand No. 119 on the TopBillboard 200Albums chart,with Pentatonix ranked as No. 46 on the TopBillboard 200Artists chart.As of December 24, 2014, PTXmas has sold 356,000 copies.
onThe Ellen DeGeneres Showin November 2013, after the success of "The Evolution of Beyoncé " mashup on YouTube.That week, the band was featured on "Around the World with Diane Sawyer" and were named "Persons of the Week".
Billboard200 and number one on the Independent charts, selling 31,000 copies in the first week. Pentatonix subsequently re-released a deluxe version of PTXmas on November 18, 2013 with two new tracks, "Little Drummer Boy" and "Go Tell It On The Mountain".Their YouTube video of "Little Drummer Boy", released near the end of November, garnered more than ten million views in the first week and reached number ten on the iTunes top songs charts worldwide. The song both debuted and peaked at number 13 on theBillboardHot 100 chart for the week ending December 21, 2013.The video has over 40 million views as of November2014.
On July 30, through the new label, the group released their first official albumPTX, Vols. 1 & 2in Japan, containing all of the songs from their two namesake EPs and four additional tracks, previously released as singles. It was released in Australia on August 15 and in the Philippines on September 26.
PTX Vol. IIIdebuted at number 5 on theBillboard200 .
Hot 100 chart at number 26,at number 7 onBillboard's Adult Contemporary chart,and at number 44 on theBillboardCanadian Hot 100 chart.Another single"That's Christmas To Me", the title track from the album, also peaked at number 8 on theBillboardAdult Contemporary chart.
That's Christmas to Mewas certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America . On December 24, 2014 the album was certified Platinum.By year's end (December 31, 2014),Billboardreported the album had reached a total of 1.14 million copies sold — becoming the 4th best selling album of 2014 by any artist of any genre (being surpassed only by Taylor Swift's1989, theFrozen Soundtrack, and Sam Smith'sIn the Lonely Hour)and was the Top Selling Holiday Album for 2014.On February 11, 2016 the album was certified Double Platinum.
On August 28, 2015, Pentatonix announced on social media that the group's third full-length album and first fully original album , which is eponymously titled, will be released on October 16, 2015.
On that same day, Pentatonix released their third single, "Sing".
On February 8, 2016, the album was certified Gold.
In July of the same year, along with American Idol contestant and fellow Arlington Texan Todrick Hall , they released "The Wizard of Ahhhs", which mashes up several songs to create one song. The music video follows the story of the 1939 filmThe Wizard of Ozwith the artists dressed as its numerous lead roles.
Several singles have also been released by the group including covers of A Great Big World , Pharrell Williams , Lorde , OMI , Paul Caine Middleton and others.
In August of 2016, the music video of Pentatonix's " Perfume Medley" was also released.
The group started a European tour in Portugal on April 9. This European leg ended in Glasgow on May 6. The Southeast Asian leg of the tour was began in Seoul, South Korea on May 28. The last show of this leg was on Jun 16 in Osaka, Japan.
Due to Clarkson's doctor's requests for vocal rest, the tour was canceled 15 shows early.
which will begin April 2, 2016 in Chiba, Japan and end at Porto, Portugal on June 26, 2016. Further details for the future tour legs will be announced down the line.
,The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,The TalkandConan. The group also returned toThe Sing-Off, performing their cover version of Ellie Goulding 's " I Need Your Love " during the Season 4 finale episode, which aired on December 23, 2013.
during the Season 5 holiday special, which aired on December 17, 2014.
Hollywood party hosted by Fergie .
Pentatonix appeared onSesame Streeton February 7, 2014.
The group was also featured in the "YouTube Rewind 2014" video as one of the most subscribed YouTube music channels.
Pentatonix was on the Disney Channel show,K.C. Undercoveron June 14, 2015.
Members of Pentatonix appeared on the Fox television show Bones , in the episode "The Strike In The Chord" that originally aired on May 19, 2016.
Pentatonix also released a documentary about the group's journey titled "On My Way Home" (based off the original song of the same name from PTX, Vol. III and the group's 2015 tour) on June 18, 2015, which was promoted on social media through the hashtag #OnMyWayHomeProject. Maldonado, Hoying, and Grassi guest starred inBoneson the episode "The Strike in the Chord." They each play members of a cappella groups.
|2015||Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella||Won|
|2016||" Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy "||Won|
|2014||Best Cover Song||"Daft Punk"||Won|
|Best Original Song||"Love Again"||Nominated|
|Best Musical Artist||Pentatonix||Nominated|
|2015||Best Collaboration||Pentatonix and Lindsey Stirling||Nominated|
|Best Cover Song||"Evolution of Michael Jackson "||Nominated|
|2013||Response of the Year||" Radioactive " (with Lindsey Stirling )||Won|
|2015||Artist of the Year||Pentatonix||Won|
|2015||Best YouTube Musician||Pentatonix||Won|
|2015||Top Billboard 200 Album||" That's Christmas to Me "||Nominated|
|Top Billboard 200 Artist||Pentatonix||Nominated|
|2016||Favorite Music Group||Pentatonix||Nominated|
|2016||Best Cover Song||"Cheerleader"||Nominated|
|2016||Video Remixes/Mashups||Evolution of Michael Jackson||Nominated|
The event, which also featured all-female octet Delilah, was hosted by the YellowJackets at Kodak Hall at the university's Eastman Theatre . Pentatonix was also invited to the A Cappella Palooza fundraiser in Boston in April 2012 (together with Ben Folds , Delilah, The Dartmouth Aires , North Shore and the Dear Abbeys from Boston University ) in an effort to raise funds for the Mass General Cancer Center.
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