Pentatonix

Pentatonix

Pentatonix is a five-member American a cappella group from Arlington,Texas, consisting of vocalists Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kristin Maldonado, Avi Kaplan, and Kevin Olusola .The a capella group was first formed by high school friends Kirstie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying.They started gaining attention on YouTube with their version of Beyonce Knowles  and Lady Gaga’s “Telephone”.The trio named themselves Pentatonix after being joined by two new members Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola.Pentatonix formed in 2011 and subsequently won the third season of NBC’s The Sing Off’s receiving $200,000 and a recording contract with Sony Music.

The group’s debut EP “PTX.Volume 1” was released in 2012,followed by “PTXmas” that arrived in the same year.Their third release, “PTX ,Vol.II”, debuted at number 1 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart and number 10 on Billboard 200 in 2013.The group also promoted PTX, Vol. II on The Ellen DeGeneres  in November 2013.

On August 7, 2014, Pentatonix announced that their third EP PTX, VOL IIIwould be released on September 23, 2014 as it  went up for pre-order on iTunes on August 11, 2014 and included a download of two tracks from the EP, “Problem” and “La La Latch”which debuted at number 5 on the Billboard 200.Their two first full-length studio albums, including “That’s Christmas To Me” that’s so far peaked at No. 2 on Billboard 200.

By year’s end (December 31, 2014), Billboard reported 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’s 1989, the Frozen Soundtrack, and Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour.

In late December 2015 Scott Hyoing stated that “Pentatonix is transitioning towards original music”.On September 4, 2015, Pentatonix released the first single from their upcoming album called “Can’t Sleep Love” followed by a second version featuring Tink.
Their second full-length Christmas album, titled A Pentatonix Christmas, was released on October 21, 2016 featuring two new original songs “Good to Be Bad” and “The Christmas Sing-Along”.It debuted on the Billboard 200 at number three with 52,000 albums sold in its first week,and later peaked at number 2.
On April 07,2017 their fifth EP, PTX ,VOL IV-Classics  was released .
Pentatonix were presenters at the 2014 American Music Awards, introducing a performance by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj.The group was also featured in the “YouTube Rewind 2014” video as one of the most subscribed YouTube music channels.Pentatonix had a cameo role in Pitch Perfect 2, released in May 2015, as the Canadian team competing against the Barden Bellas.
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