By: Dave Bernstein, Tara Marie Ahn, and Christopher Hoffman
Unless you were unplugged from society in 2015, we shouldn’t have to tell you that it was another HUGE year for a cappella.
It all begins and ends with Pentatonix and Pitch Perfect 2, with a whole lot of great albums, videos, and news in the middle.
Before we begin, we just want to note that we have revived the monthly news posts at Acatribe so pay attention at the beginning of each month for all the relevant news from the previous month. In light of preparations for this post, we are skipping a formal December post but you may find some December news scattered in here. We will also include some of the big news from the September, October, and November news posts but you can read the rest on the summary post for each individual month. As always, if you have big news you’d like to share, feel free to email us at email@example.com.
Finally, if you can think of some noteworthy a cappella news we omitted (and we’re sure there is plenty), please feel free to comment below or email us and we will update the post accordingly.
Also, though she is credited as a co-author, we have to note that our own Tara Marie Ahn did a ton of the work here and is very deserving of most of the credit. Show her some love on Twitter!
So, let’s dive right in with the box office and music charts success of Pitch Perfect 2 and Pentatonix, respectively.
Pitch Perfect 2 was…a little bigger than expected. As in it grossed nearly $70 million in its first weekend and found up at $184 million domestic at the box office, and another $103 million elsewhere, for a total worldwide gross of nearly $287 million. So, yeah. A cappella is even more mainstream than you might have thought. The movie did fine critically, for what it is, garnering a 66% at Rotten Tomatoes and getting decent reviews at Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, and the Los Angeles Times, among others.
The movie also won the Top Soundtrack and Anna Kendrick thanked Deke Sharon and Ed Boyer in her acceptance speech.
Pentatonix did more in 2015 than we can fairly recount here. A few of their notable highlights, however, were:
- released an album (“Pentatonix”) which became the first a cappella album ever to hit number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart
- appeared on The Tonight Show, The Today Show, PBS News Hour, the NBC Christmas Tree lighting at Rockefeller Center, New Year’s Rocking Eve, and so much more
- written about in or interviewed by Time magazine, ABC News, The New York Times, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, People magazine, US magazine, Billboard magazine (x2), and more. The group was all over social media as well, even taking over the YouTube twitter handle for awhile.
- signed an international publishing deal
- released “On My Way Home,” a tour documentary which is available for purchase and on Netflix
- performed at the American Music Awards, where they were introduced by Harrison Ford (!) and then performed a Star Wars medley. Read about it here (with video)
- the group appeared on ABC’s The Muppets program and announced the winners of the MACY’s a cappella challenge. Congratulations to Briarcrest Christian School’s One Voice, UCD’s MIX, and Orange Center Elementary School.
Obviously there is plenty more Pentatonix news from 2015, but again- we can’t possibly get to it all. Feel free to add or share in the comments below! Continue reading…