Last week while promoting their first album of all-original music, Pentatonix told Fuse that earning a No. 1 album would be "the biggest thing we've done so far." Well, they and their Pentaholics can start celebrating.
According to Billboard, the famous a cappella group's self-titled LP moved a little over 98,000 equivalent album units, which grants them the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. They just surpassed heavy competition from Demi Lovato, whose new Confidence LP starts at No. 2 with 98,000 units. It looks like the race came down to less than 300 copies.
Breaking down the numbers a little further, Pentatonix sold about 88,000 actual albums while Confidence sold 77,000 copies. Demi got close to snatching the No. 1 slot since her single sales were much higher than PTX's, as were her streaming numbers, all of which are now counted on the Billboard 200's chart formula.
Pentatonix's bass singer Avi Kaplan also told Fuse that his band was "doing everything possible to make sure we secure the [No. 1] spot" which included loads of promo and streaming sessions with fans. Clearly, it worked. Congrats, Pentatonix!