Pentatonix (album)

Pentatonix is the fourth studio album by American a cappella group Pentatonix, which was released on October 16, 2015.[1]

The release date was announced on Twitter by a series of pictures featuring the five band members released over a five-day-span, with one band member added to the picture each day, culminating in the date being revealed on August 28.[1] It is the group's seventh release overall in their discography.[2]

This is the first release of the band to feature predominantly original material (the only covers being the cover of Shai's "If I Ever Fall in Love" and the bonus tracks on the deluxe version of the album). Pentatonix also marks the first time band members receive individual songwriting credits for the majority of the tracks.

Pentatonix debuted atop the US Billboard 200 chart with 98,000 album-equivalent units, with the album being their first No. 1 album on the chart.

Pentatonix
Pentatonix (album)
Studio album by Pentatonix
ReleasedOctober 16, 2015
Recorded2015
Genre
Length41:55
LabelRCA
Producer
Pentatonix chronology
That's Christmas to Me
(2014)
Pentatonix
(2015)
A Pentatonix Christmas
(2016)
Singles from Pentatonix
  1. "Cheerleader"
    Released: August 21, 2015
  2. "Can't Sleep Love"
    Released: September 4, 2015
  3. "Where Are Ü Now"
    Released: September 25, 2015
  4. "Sing"
    Released: October 16, 2015
  5. "If I Ever Fall in Love"
    Released: February 15, 2016

Critical reception

The album received mostly positive reviews from critics. Matt Collar of AllMusic wrote, "Ultimately, by moving away from cover tunes, Pentatonix have helped push the a cappella style even further into the pop spotlight. That the only instruments they've used to do it are their voices makes their achievement all the more impressive."[3]

Commercial performance

The album debuted at number 8 in New Zealand[4] and number 1 on the US Billboard 200.[5] In the US, the album started with 98,000 album-equivalent units (88,000 in pure album sales).[5]

Track listing

Pentatonix — Standard edition[6]
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Na Na Na"Grassi2:35
2."Can't Sleep Love"
  • Hoying
  • Grassi
2:53
3."Sing"
  • Hoying
  • Olusola
2:57
4."Misbehavin'"
  • Hoying
  • Grassi
3:42
5."Ref"
  • Hoying
  • Olusola
  • Parks
  • Hoying
  • Maldonado
3:14
6."First Things First"
  • Hoying
  • Olusola
  • Kevin Fisher
Hoying2:41
7."Rose Gold"Hoying3:43
8."If I Ever Fall in Love" (Shai cover featuring Jason Derulo)Carl Martin
  • Derulo
  • Hoying
3:14
9."Cracked"
Hoying2:54
10."Water"
Maldonado3:11
11."Take Me Home"
  • Olusola
  • Maldonado
  • Mae
  • Hoying
  • Grassi
2:56
12."New Year's Day"
  • Hoying
  • Grassi
  • Olusola
  • Johnson
  • Hollander
  • Hoying
  • Grassi
3:37
13."Light in the Hallway"
  • Hoying
  • Grassi
  • Mae
Kaplan4:14
Pentatonix — Deluxe edition[7]
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
14."Where Are Ü Now"
  • Grassi* Hoying
2:51
15."Cheerleader"
  • Grassi* Hoying* Maldonado
3:03
16."Lean On"Grassi2:40
17."Can't Sleep Love" (featuring Tink)
  • Hoying* Grassi* Tink
3:33
Pentatonix — Deluxe Target exclusive version[8]
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
18."To the River"
  • Olusola
  • Hoying
  • Fisher
  • Grassi
  • Kaplan
3:42
19."Problem" (live)
  • Hoying
  • Grassi
2:24
20."Aha!" (live)Imogen Jennifer Jane HeapGrassi3:11
Total length:1:03:21

Personnel

Pentatonix
Additional personnel
  • Pentatonix, Thaddus "Kuk" Harrell, Martin Johnson, Ed Boyer, Drew Pearson, Ben Bram – production
  • Jason Derulo – vocals on "If I Ever Fall in Love"
  • Tink – vocals on "Can't Sleep Love" (deluxe version only)
  • Members of A Cappella Academy Retreat as background vocals on "Misbehavin'", "New Year's Day", and "To the River"
  • Members of recording studio as background vocals on "Lean On"

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[10] 5
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[11] 14
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[12] 26
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[13] 77
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[14] 7
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[15] 14
French Albums (SNEP)[16] 83
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[17] 38
Irish Albums (IRMA)[18] 21
Italian Albums (FIMI)[19] 33
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[4] 8
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[20] 21
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[21] 20
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[22] 57
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[23] 24
Taiwanese Albums (Five Music)[24] 4
UK Albums (OCC)[25] 18
US Billboard 200[26] 1
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[27] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (2015) Position
US Billboard 200[28] 190
Chart (2016) Position
US Billboard 200[29] 103

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[30] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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