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Pentatonix Has the Highest-Charting Christmas Album by a Group Since 1962

Paul Grein
December 3, 2014

Pentatonix's That’s Christmas To Me jumps from #3 to #2 its sixth week on The Billboard 200. It’s the highest-charting Christmas album by a group or duo since Mitch Miller & The Gang topped the chart with Holiday Sing Along With Mitch in January 1962. That was the sing-a-long ensemble’s second holiday album to reach #1, following Christmas Sing-Along With Mitch in 1958.

By climbing to #2 this week, That’s Christmas To Me pulls ahead of Mannheim Steamroller's highest-charting Christmas album, 1995's Christmas In The Aire, which reached #3. Two albums by TV “groups” also reached #3: Glee Cast's Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album (in 2010) and The Robertsons's Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas (last year).

Seven other groups or duos have landed top 10 albums since 1955. Working backwards, they are Lady Antebellum, *NSYNC, Hanson, New Kids on the Block, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Robert Shaw Chorale and Fred Waring & The Pennsylvanians. (Unfortunately, Christmas albums weren’t allowed on The Billboard 200 from 1963 to 1973, which helps explain the gap between New Kids and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I believe Scrooge was the Chart Director at the time.)

That’s Christmas To Me is Pentatonix’s second Christmas album or EP to make the top 10. PTXmas reached #7 last year.

That’s Christmas To Me moved 227K units (of which 217K were pure sales). Let me explain: Starting this week, The Billboard 200 is based on a new formula that takes into account both sales and streaming. Under the new methodology, 10 digital song sales equals one album and 1,500 audio streams equals one album. I reported on the new formula two weeks ago. If you missed that blog, here’s a link.)