Pentatonix. Photo provided
Grammy Award winners and platinum-selling recording artists Pentatonix have made Billboard chart history.
The vocal group's self-titled debut studio album enters the Billboard Top 200 chart at No. 1, selling more than 98, 400 total equivalent units, according to a news release. The album is the first a cappella album in history to debut at No. 1 on the cross-genre chart.
The album, which also debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Current Album Chart, marks a chart high for the group. Internationally, the album peaked in the Top 10 in 44 countries including the UK, Canada, Australia, Japan and many more.
the group, which includes former University of Oklahoma student Kirstin Maldonado, kicked off promotion with a performance of its single “Can’t Sleep Love” and a special rendition of The Tonight Show theme song on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and released a music video for another original track “Sing”. The group continued with performances on the "Today" show, "Fox & Friends, " an interview with Huffington Post Live and album signings in both New York and Los Angeles. The group was featured in People Magazine, USA Today, Billboard, Associated Press and so much more.
“Can’t Sleep Love” already has more than 12 million combined video views on YouTube and is continuing to climb the charts.
The group will be releasing Friday an enhanced deluxe edition of its platinum-selling holiday album, "That’s Christmas To Me." The deluxe edition of the album will feature all 11 tracks from "That’s Christmas To Me" as well as four new tracks from the group and a special re-recording of last year’s standout hit, “Mary Did You Know?” featuring The String Mob. There also will be a digital EP with just the five newly recorded tracks. Both versions are available for pre-order.
Since bursting onto the scene in 2011, Pentatonix has sold more than 2 million albums in the U.S. alone, won a Grammy Award, sold out venues worldwide, have amassed more than 1.1 billion views on the group's YouTube channel with over 9.1 million subscribers and appeared in the feature film "Pitch Perfect 2."
All 6 of the group's releases have peaked within the Top 5 on Billboard’s Digital Albums Chart, with five of those releases reaching the Top 10 or higher on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. Most recently, the group received two gold certifications for its “Daft Punk” medley and cover of Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” featuring Lindsey Stirling.
The group's 2014 holiday album - "That’s Christmas To Me" - sold more than 1.2 million copies in the U. S., which was the fourth-best selling album of 2014. The group released its first documentary, "On My Way Home, " which follows the quintet on their sold out 2015 North American Tour featuring behind-the-scenes footage, life performance and the making of its debut studio album, "Pentatonix."