GROUP EARNS GRAMMY NOMINATION FOR BEST ARRANGEMENT, INSTRUMENTAL OR A CAPPELLA OF SMASH HIT MEDLEY “DAFT PUNK"
CONTINUES AT #1 ON BILLBOARD’S HOLIDAY ALBUM CHART FOR 7TH CONSECUTIVE WEEK
ALBUM #1 ON BILLBOARD’S DIGITAL ALBUM CHART & #2 ON BILLBOARD’S TOP 200 CHART FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE WEEK
2015 “ON MY WAY HOME” TOUR DATES ALMOST SOLD OUT
SURPASSESS 7 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS ON THEIR YOUTUBE PAGE
December 11, 2014 – Grammy nominated Pentatonix have scored their first certified Gold album with That’s Christmas To Me. The album is currently #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart with over 221,000 total album equivalent units. The album is also #1 on the Digital Albums Chart for the 2nd consecutive week as well as #1 on the Holiday Album Chart for the 7thconsecutive week and has sold over 615,000 albums in the US to date.
That’s Christmas To Me has become the biggest selling holiday album of the season. The album continues to remain #1 on Amazon’s CD and Digital Best Sellers list as well as remains in the Top 10 on Spotify’s Top album chart in the US. Their breakout track, “Mary, Did You Know?” also continues at #1 on Billboard’s Holiday 100 (for the second week) marking PTX the first act to top both charts concurrently since the Holiday 100 launched as multi-metric tabulation in December 2011.
Last Friday, PTX garnered their first Grammy nomination for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella for their smash hit medley, “Daft Punk.” The group’s video for the epic, 7-song medley, has been viewed more than 105 million times on YouTube.
The group has released 6 videos in support of That’s Christmas To Me (“Dance of The Sugar Plum Fairy”, “White Winter Hymnal,” “Winter Wonderland / Don’t Worry Be Happy” ft. Tori Kelly, “Mary, Did You Know?”, “Silent Night” and their original song and title track, “That’s Christmas To Me”). All 6 videos have been viewed over 37.5 million times. Additionally the group has 4 albums on the Billboard Top 200 Chart this week (That’s Christmas To Me, PTXmas, PTX Vol. III and PTX Vol. I)
Last week, Pentatonix announced dates for their 2015 North American “On My Way Home” Tour. Tickets which are almost sold out are available now via http://ptxofficial.com/ with more dates to be announced soon.
Franklin to Accept Award at Star Studded Luncheon on December 12
(NEW YORK, NY) December 3, 2014 — Billboard, the leading global destination for charts, news, trends and innovations in music,today announces legendary artist Aretha Franklin as the recipient of the first-ever Billboard Women in Music Icon award. Franklin will receive the honor at the ninth annual Billboard Women in Music Awards, on December 12 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. She will be recognized with a line up of industry superstars, including Taylor Swift, who will be accepting the award for Woman of the Year, Ariana Grande for Rising Star, Idina Menzel for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Paramore’s Hayley Williams, for Trailblazer, with several more major announcements yet to come.
The first-ever Icon award exemplifies lifetime achievement for a female artist whose career has had a lasting impact to the music industry.
“I am very pleased, honored and surprised to receive this most prestigious Billboard Icon Award,” said Aretha Franklin. “For many years and I still read Billboard, my favorite industry magazine following the charts, stories, events and upcoming events. This will be an event to remember.”
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is royalty on Billboard's charts. She and fellow legend Stevie Wonder share the record for the most No. 1 hits – 20 – in the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart's entire history. Most recently, in October, her cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" became her 100th hit on the ranking. She's the first woman (and just the fourth act overall) to reach the milestone.
ALBUM AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER ON DECEMBER 15
INCLUDES INSTANT DOWNLOAD OF “BODY LANGUAGE” AND “COOL BACK”
[New York, NY – December 9, 2014] Chart-topping, multi-platinum selling hip-hop artist Kid Ink announces today that his major label sophomore album, Full Speed, will be released on February 3, 2015 via Tha Alumni Music Group/88 Classic/RCA Records. The album will be available for pre-order on December 15 at all digital music retail providers. Fans who pre-order the album will receive an instant download of “Body Language” and “Cool Back.” More details on Full Speed will be revealed soon.
The album’s first single, “Body Language” featuring Usher and Tinashe, has been streamed over 12 million times worldwide and declared as “another infectious rap track with a club-ready beat and an R&B assist” by MTV. The eye-catching video has received nearly 8 million views and earned MTV Jams’ “Jam of the Week” status.
“I named my last album ‘My Own Lane’ because that's exactly how I felt at the time. After having an amazing year, I feel like I am just now hitting my stride and I’m going full speed in my own lane on this album.”
And what an amazing year it has been for the West coast native! Selected by Shazam as one of the “2014 New Artists to Watch” and chosen by MTV International as their first PUSH campaign artist of 2014, Ink released his major label debut album, My Own Lane, on January 7, 2014. My Own Lane entered at #1 on Billboard’s Rap Albums chart, #2 on Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart and #3 on both the Top 200 and Top Digital Albums charts, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Since its release, the album has accrued worldwide TEA and album sales of over 730,000! The album’s hit single “Show Me” is RIAA-certified double platinum in the US, gold in Australia and Canada. The single holds the record for the most weeks at #1 on the Rap Airplay chart for 18 weeks and was the #1 airplay record at Rhythmic radio for 2014 making Ink the #2 airplay artist at that format behind Chris Brown. Ink’s follow-up single, “Main Chick,” is certified gold and was the most added song at Urban Mainstream radio at the time of release. The videos for both aforementioned songs were viewed over 126 million times with “Show Me” garnering VEVO certified status crossing 100 million views. Not one to rest on his laurels, Ink has performed over 200 shows in over 24 countries this year, inclusive of his recent sold-out “My Own Lane European Tour.”
With an impressive 2014 under his belt, the lane is wide open for more success for Kid Ink in 2015.
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