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February 22, 2013

Pentatonix in perfect pitch

Boston Herald (MA):

A cappella has 
graduated from fad 
to phenomenon. A decade ago, a few college music geeks in matching sweaters made up the a cappella scene. Today, the genre is blockbuster entertainment: The film “Pitch Perfect” topped $100 million at the box office, vocal group Straight No Chaser sells out 3,000-seat venues, the NBC a cappella contest “The Sing-Off” ran for three seasons and spun off versions in China, France and the Netherlands.

But Pentatonix aims to be a cappella’s first superstars: The quintet’s House of Blues show on Sunday has been sold out 
for weeks.

“Out of everything we’ve accomplished, what I’m most proud of is debuting at No. 14 in the Billboard 200 with our EP,” singer Scott Hoying said from Los Angeles. “To be on the charts with Rihanna and Adele is the closest we’ve come to breaking through.”

Most TV singing competition champions flop after a year or two. But since winning season three of “The Sing-Off” in 2011, Pentatonix has slowly, methodically built a sizable cult. In the past year, the group racked up 200,000 Facebook fans, 70,000 Twitter followers and 50 million YouTube views. Read more.

Posted by acapnews at February 22, 2013 12:00 AM