In one way or another our family is very musical. If we don’t play music, we are fans of everything from Bach to the Beatles.
Many of us revel in a capella (no instruments), and our favorite group for the last couple of years has been PENTATONIX.
It looks like the world agrees, if you read this article from the WASHINGTON POST of December 4
Pentatonix is an a cappella group that’s been around for several years but has recently become inescapable with a hugely popular Christmas album. The group’s “That’s Christmas to Me” debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 in October and has steadily racked up sales and streams since. Near the top of the Amazon, iTunes and Spotify charts, the album sold 227,000 units this week alone — placing it at No. 2 on the Billboard chart with 408,000 total copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (Expect that total to greatly increase as holiday season marches on.) Yahoo notes it’s the highest-charting Christmas album since 1962..
While “That’s Christmas To Me” is the group’s second full-length album, they have released several EPs featuring their covers of popular songs including Nicki Minaj’s “Starships”; Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding’s “I Need Your Love”; and Ariana Grande’s “Problem.” You might also recognize any of those from YouTube links. Their cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” has about 33 million views, while their “Daft Punk” covers medley has a ridiculous 105 million views.