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Cover of the Week: Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” by Pentatonix

Jun 28, 2012

BY Melissa Novacaska

Name: Pentatonix

Song: “Starships” by Nicki Minaj



Why we’re obsessed: We’re really liking Pentatonix’s acappella twist on Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” and besides, who needs all those instruments when you can just create the sounds by your mouth? Duh! I must be really obsessed with this track, because we did a “Starships” cover two weeks ago, yet they sound completely different.

This group slowed down the song at times, but totally made it just as awesome as the original! I love how all their voices compliment one another and rotate on who sings and who makes the awesome beats and rhythms. It can almost be compared to a number done by Glee, except this one is obvs way cooler. I can see why this wicked cover has received almost 150,000 hits in three days.

Background: Based in Los Angeles, this five-member band covers a wide range of music all the way from pop and R&B to even electronic music in an acappella style for the most part, and upload their songs to their YouTube channel. They won Season 3 of NBC’s “The Sing-Off” and just released their first EP.