Most people have heard about the acapella group Pentatonix, which grew to fame on NBC’s singing competition, The Sing-Off, where they won a recording contract with Sony Music along with $200,000. Although they were dropped by their label, the group formed their own YouTube channel to great success. The group has 8 million subscribers and more than 950 million views, and the PTXofficial YouTube page is currently the 12th most subscribed-to music channel and the 39th most subscribed channel overall.
Two members, Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi, have branched off and also have their own comedic YouTube web show, Superfruit, with over 1 million subscribers and over 86 million views. The duo often performs and interprets popular music as well as documents their lives and will include other guests as well. Some of the most popular viewings have included a medley of Beyonce’s self-titled album, a performance of “Defying Gravity” from the musical Wicked, a “Pop Goes Broadway” medley, and a medley of Taylor Swift’s album, 1989.
Most recently, one of their videos has gone viral. A few days ago, Superfruit took hip-hop songs and reinterpreted them as Broadway show tunes. The result is often funny, yet still manages to showcase their vocal talents perfectly; but what is most striking to the viewer is how these songs have lilting melodies that are nearly undetected underneath the driving bass and studio production.
The video opens with Jay-Z’s “99 Problems”, and continues with songs like Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It on the Alcohol” and a Les Miserables’ styling of Rihanna’s new song, “B‒tch Better Have My Money.” The standouts are Drake’s “Hold On We’re Going Home” and Nicki Minaji’s, “Anaconda.” Once you hear these renditions, it will be challenging to hear the originals and not automatically visualize them being sung on stage with dramatic lighting, staging, costumes, and orchestral accompaniment.