It sometimes seems as if Pentatonix, the a cappella group founded by former Arlington Martin students Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying and Kirstin Maldonado, has been nonstop busy ever since winning NBC's "The Sing-Off" in late 2011.
But it looks like 2018 will be unusually busy, if an already-busy February is any indication. Here are a few things that whizzed by us this month.
-- Matt Sallee, the bass vocalist who had been touring with the group and appeared on its most recent Christmas special, is now an official member, Just Jared Jr. reports. Sallee fills a vacancy left by Avi Kaplan, an original member of the quintet who departed last year, saying he was "taking a step back" from the group. (Kaplan and beat-box vocalist Kevin Olusola were recruited by Grassi, Hoying and Maldonado to fulfill a minimum group requirement for "The Sing-Off.")
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--The group's covers of the Christmas song "Mary, Did You Know?" and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" were certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, and the original "Can't Sleep Love" was certified gold. (A platinum record signifies sales of 1 million units; gold is 500,000.) All three honors were awarded Feb. 9, as you can see here (be prepared to do some scrolling). H/T Headline Planet
-- Maldonado made her Broadway debut in "Kinky Boots," a show that once featured another performer with an Arlington background, Todrick Hall. (In 2013, Hall and Pentatonix teamed up for "The Wizard of Ahhhs," a parody video based on guess which movie.)
-- And then the group sent out this tweet before we could even finish writing this post.