LOS ANGELES, July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pentatonix, the season 3 winners of the NBC a cappella singing competition series, THE SING-OFF, make a very impressive debut on the Billboard album charts. The group's freshman EP, entitled "PTX Volume 1," sells nearly 20,000 units in its first week and lands at #14 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart. The EP also ranks #2 among Independent Albums and #5 among Digital Albums. Additionally, the EP becomes the highest charting record ever released by indie label, Madison Gate Records, breaking Billboard's top 15 albums for the first time.
Released on June 26th, "PTX Volume 1" quickly climbed the album charts, reaching #14 on the Billboard Top 200 in its first week. The EP, which features a cappella covers of some of pop music's biggest hits like "Starships" (Nicki Minaj) and "Love You Long Time" (Jazmine Sullivan) as well as two original tracks "The Baddest Girl" and "Show You How To Love," has received praise from fans who have given it a 5 star rating on iTunes.
"When we heard the news, we were all in shock. All five of us have dreamt about making the Billboard charts as an a cappella group, and this shows us that our a cappella music can be a part of the mainstream. We thank all the devoted fans who have turned their ears to our music!" said Pentatonix.
The EP is also Madison Gate Records' first entry into the Billboard top 15. Formed in 2010 as Sony Pictures Entertainment's in-house record label, Madison Gate Records offers a studio alternative to a traditional record label. "As an indie label, we are able to act quickly and respond to the individual needs of an emerging artist like Pentatonix," said Madison Gate Records executive Shelly Bunge. "PTX Volume 1" is the first Madison Gate release to chart higher than #20 on Billboard. Bunge remarks, "We knew the album was going to be terrific, but we are so thrilled at how well it is being received by others."
"PTX Volume 1" is available on the iTunes Store and through other digital retailers. The lead single and video for "Starships" are out now. Click here to view the Pentatonix Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ptxofficial?feature=results_main
Pentatonix has begun planning fall shows to support their EP release, including headline shows at New York City's BB Kings (9/12), Los Angeles' Roxy Theater (9/25) and San Francisco's Great American Music Hall (9/28). Full tour dates will be announced soon.
"PTX Volume 1" Complete Track List:
- The Baddest Girl**
- Somebody That I Used To Know
- Show You How To Love**
- Love You Long Time
- We Are Young (iTunes Exclusive Bonus Track)
A Cover of Fun's "We Are Young" serves as an iTunes album-only exclusive.
**Pentatonix original songs
A cappella sensations and winners of season 3 of NBC's THE SING- OFF, Pentatonix is taking instrument-free music far beyond anyone's wildest expectations. Named for the world's most widely recognized five-note musical scale, this vocal quintet has transformed one of pop music's purest and most soulful expressions into an exciting future, filled with limitless sonic possibility. Pairing their intricate arrangements with cleverly re-imagined pop songs, Pentatonix has quickly cultivated a sound and style that is entirely unique and undeniably infectious. Pentatonix is comprised of lead vocalists Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado and Mitch Grassi, vocal bass Avi Kaplan and beat boxer Kevin Olusola. For more information go to www.PTXofficial.com
About Madison Gate Records:
Madison Gate Records is the in-house, independent record label of Sony Pictures Entertainment. The label was founded in 2010 to create, distribute and market music and related products from today's top films and television programs. For more information go to www.Facebook.com/MadisonGateRecords.
SOURCE Madison Gate Records