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Video: Pentatonix releases "Problem" Ariana Grande cover, track list for "PTX Vol. 3"

by Brandy McDonnell Published: August 15, 2014

Popular vocal group Pentatonix has released the music video for its Ariana Grande cover “Problem.”

As previously reported, Pentatonix is set to release its third EP, “PTX Vol. 3, Sept. 23 via RCA Records, and the track list also has been revealed:

01. Problem

02. On My Way Home

03. La La Latch

04. Rather Be

05. See Through

06. Papaoutai

07. Standing By

This third installment of the group’s wildly successful EP series continues to mix global pop and indie hits with original tracks, showcasing the quintet’s eclectic taste and otherworldly talent. The album will also include a surprise featured guest, as well as a song performed entirely in French, according to a news release.

PTX fans will get their first taste of the album’s track list Tuesday as the EP’s iTunes and Amazon pre-order goes live with the first of two planned instant grat tracks, both coinciding with video releases via the PTX YouTube channel. A teaser video for both the upcoming video and album launch is embedded below.

Having recently eclipsed 6 million subscribers and 520 million cumulative views, the PTXOfficial is currently the 13th-most subscribed-to music channel on YouTube, having surpassed the subscriber totals of both Avicii and Beyoncé.

In addition to “PTX Vol. 3,” Pentatonix will also release a new holiday album, “That’s Christmas To Me,” on Oct. 21. The album is named for an original holiday song penned by the group, and includes a combination of classic holiday tracks, modern favorites and a one-of-a-kind holiday mash-up.

Earlier this week, Pentatonix was featured as part of MTV’s campaign for Paramount Pictures’ “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2,” and they wrote an original Turtles-inspired track to accompany a series of promotional videos that premiered on MTV and live on the PTX YouTube channel (that video is embedded below, too). In 2015, Pentatonix will also appear in Universal Pictures’ “Pitch Perfect 2,” in which they will play a Canadian a cappella group and rivals to the Barden Bellas.

Hailing from Arlington, Texas, Pentatonix consists of lead vocalists Scott Hoying,22; Kirstie Maldonado, 22; and Mitch Grassi, 22; vocal bass Avi Kaplan, 25; and beatboxer Kevin “K.O.” Olusola, 25. Maldonado was a sophomore Music Theater major at the University of Oklahoma before joining Pentatonix.

Since their debut in 2011, when they won NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” the quintet has released three EP’s – “PTX Volume 1,” “PTXmas” and “PTX Volume 2″ – selling more than 500,000 copies combined.

Their most recent album, “PTX Vol. 2,” debuted at No. 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart and featured a seven-song Daft Punk medley (the track’s video has, to date, been viewed more than 85 million times and is posted below).

“PTX Volume 2″ follows “PTX Volume 1″ and “PTXmas.” Both albums originally debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart and re-entered the chart in December 2013, with the deluxe version of PTXmas leading the charge. With the addition of new tracks “Little Drummer Boy” and “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” PTXmas has sold more than 200,000 copies and reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Digital Albums Chart. The video for “Little Drummer Boy” (also below) was a worldwide hit, racking up nearly 35 million views while the song landed at #13 on the Billboard Top 100 Singles Chart as well as No. 1 on Billboard’s Holiday 100 and Holiday Digital Songs Chart.


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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