“Pitch Perfect 2” hit theaters this weekend, featuring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson as they played as members of the Bellas, an underdog a cappella group. At one point in the movie the team faces off against Pentatonix, a real-life a cappella group.
Scott Hoying, a member of Pentatonix, felt that the movie was an over exaggeration of what real-life bands are like but at the same time noted that there were some things that were very similar, including how competitions are held at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, or ICCA.
Even with the movie, Pentatonix has enjoyed success in their recent years. Fans at The Aspire New Brunswick (theaspiregroupinc) know that, originally from Arlington, Texas, the group came together and started by making YouTube covers of famous top 40 songs, making their own videos in the process. They even started their own channel on YouTube. The band gained even more attention when their album entitled “That’s Christmas to Me” made it to Number Two on the US Billboard 200 last year.
With all of this in mind, Pentatonix now realizes they have a new challenge now that they’ll be making their own original music, but will be studying with Kelly Clarkson this summer when she launches her tour. For them this shouldn’t be very problematic, considering they’ve already gone platinum simply by making their own remixes and additions to songs that are already popular.