Who would've thought we'd see the day when a cappella groups were ruling the charts? America made its love for Pentatonix known by sending not one, but two of the quintet's albums to the Top 5 on the Billboard 200 this year. That's Christmas to Me just barely missed the top spot when it rose to No. 2 in early December, while the band's PTX Vol. III EP debuted at No. 5 in September.
For a sketch on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon brought back his barbershop quartet outfit, The Ragtime Gals, with special guest Kevin Spacey. They performed an aca-awesome cover of Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty," enunciating every syllable and saxophone riff.
And it wasn't the only time the House of Cards star showed love for a cappella...
...even Frank Underwood was an a cappella dude!
Season 2 of House of Cards was undoubtedly one of the defining shows of the year, and in Episode 8, Kevin Spacey's character reunites with his a cappella quartet, the Riflemen, while being honored at his alma mater. If Frank Underwood digs a cappella, then no man should feel ashamed to sing their love for it.
The Pitch Perfect movie was so huge for today's mainstream obsession with a cappella that its sequel's trailer reveal felt like a break-the-Internet-type moment. The hilarious promo features a choir-inspired rendition of the original film's hit single "Cups," Rebel Wilson sledding down a flight of stairs and us sooo ready for May 15.
Yep, even the President of the United States gets down with a cappella. While visiting Temple University, Obama enjoyed an impromptu performance by the Philadelphia quintet Brotherly Love.
"You guys have got a nice single there," POTUS told the guys. "Really good work."
Your college a cappella group is seething right now.
NBC announced that The Sing-Off would be revamped this year as a two-hour holiday special in December. We're excited to see how the beloved a cappella competition plays out with the refreshed format (instant eliminations, anyone?), as well as how new judge Patrick Stump does alongside Jewel and Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman.
During Little Mix's time on The X Factor, the judges were wondering if the group was set to be the next En Vogue. This year, the girl group might have sealed that fate. In multiple live performances throughout the year, the gals whipped out an aca-incredible rendition of "Boy," a standout cut off their sophomore LP Salute. The performances demonstrated a deep understanding of soulful harmony and vocal layering.
Longtime a cappella favorite, male outfit Straight No Chaser teamed up with actress and Frozen singer Kristen Bell for a modern-day Christmas tune called "Text Me Merry Christmas," about texting a loved one who isn't home for the holidays. Frozen is the biggest-selling album of the year, so snagging Bell for a duet was a major get for the group.
Pentatonix defied the odds last year when their cover of "Little Drummer Boy" hit No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. But the group did it again this year when their rendition of "Mary, Did You Know?" flew to No. 26 on the chart in late November. These kids are charting better than some superstar singers.
If your jock best friend is acting like he's too cool for a cappella, play him "Fantasty Football Time" by Gentleman's Rule, one of Fuse's picks for A Cappella Groups You Need to Watch Right Now. The act nails the excitement guys (and girls) get over fantasy football season with doo-wop-y goodness and a hilarious accompanying video.
The most-viewed video on Pentatonix's YouTube channel is their Daft Punk medley that boasts more than 105 million views. KINGS ROAD, another one of Fuse's A Cappella Groups You Need to Watch Right Now, took a similar route in honoring Swedish pop hero Robyn with an amazing five-minute mashup of her greatest hits. We hear a viral hit.
"Georgia Tech students are criticized a lot by non-Georgia Tech students and themselves," reads the video description. "We are told that we don't know how to have fun, we study too much, or we're just simply a bunch of nerds. Who cares what people say? As Georgia Tech students, we are going to make a difference in this world...Don't change who you are to conform to what other people want from you. Remember who you are because you are awesome. Just shake it off."
Hey, Taylor have you seen this yet? These kids get your message!
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