Covers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Thrift Shop' At Billboard HQ (Exclusive
By Gary Trust
The 2011 champions of NBC's
"The Sing-Off" show off their harmonies on the Billboard
Hot 100's No. 1 song.
After winning NBC's a capella competition "The Sing-Off"
in late 2011, Pentatonix has kept on racking up victories.
The Arlington, Texas, vocal quintet – Scott Hoying, Kirstie
Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola – soared
onto the Billboard 200 at No. 14 the week of July 14, 2012, with "PTX:
Volume 1." The set marked the highest-charting a capella title
since Bobby McFerrin's "Simple Pleasures," featuring his
Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 pop culture smash "Don't Worry, Be Happy,"
rose to No. 5 in 1988.
"Volume 1" includes reinventions of recent hits including
Nicki Minaj's "Starships," Gotye's "Somebody That I
Used to Know" and fun.'s "We Are Young." It's the same
mix of contemporary covers that helped Pentatonix win "The Sing-Off,"
on which it made over such songs as Katy Perry's "E.T.,"
Kanye West's "Love Lockdown" and David Guetta's "Without
In the video above, the group offered its take on Macklemore &
Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz, in a recent visit
to Billboard's New York offices. "We were super-inspired, so
it only took us about two days" to devise the arrangement for
its version of the Billboard Hot 100's current No. 1 song, the group
Pentatonix's new video is a collaboration with violinist (and recent
Chart Beat Meet & Great spotlight artist) Lindsey Stirling, a
cover of Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," the original of
which has topped Alternative Songs for seven weeks and this week bounds
15-7 on the Hot 100. The reworked "Radioactive" has garnered
775,000 YouTube views, while Pentatonix's official YouTube channel
has drawn an astounding 63 million views.
Pentatonix wraps its current headlining tour on May 11 in Seattle.
It's preparing its second album, expected later this year.