Pentatonix members, from left, Matt Sallee, Kirstin Maldonado and Scott Hoying rehearse for the 85th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in New York. If you didn’t have enough signs that Christmas is fast approaching, here’s another: Two holiday albums are moving up the top 10 on the Billboard 200. Pentatonix’s album spent two weeks at No. 1 in its first holiday season.
The music on the duo's EP “Future Friends — Part One” is the perfectly party-ready summer soundtrack -- think Jamiroquai, Scissor Sisters, Phoenix, Daft Punk -- but it can still convey a serious message. Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi, part of the Grammy-winning a cappella group Pentatonix, employ a decidedly non-a cappella electropop sound.
It was an a cappella Christmas on NBC as Pentatonix performed everyone’s favorite Christmas classics. The group from Arlington, Texas, just released a Christmas album aptly titled A Pentatonix Christmas, so it makes sense it would have a TV special called A Pentatonix Christmas Special. The majority of the special was Pentatonix in a theater, beautifully singing Christmas classics to a live audience.
Triptyq is the innovative side project of three well-established artists: Grammy-winning Penatonix cellist and beatboxer Kevin “K.O.” Olusola, New York-based singer-songwriter/composer and harpist Antoniette Costa (she’s also collaborated with the Roots) and pianist/violinist Tara Kamangar (pianist and violin). The group fuses together classical and urban sounds, juxtaposing classically driven instrumentals with punching vocals and beatboxing.