The a capella pop group have seen an unconventional meteoric rise in 2014, bolstered primarily by their That's Christmas To Me disc. The set, which opened in October with less than 40,000 units, is now on track to become platinum this week. On last week's Billboard 200 chart, the holiday project slipped 2-3 but moved another 200,000+ copies. The total to-date sales sits at roughly 819,000, and as industry publication Hits Daily Double has reported on Tues. (Dec. 23), the album has moved another 203,000. Even if the final tally (with official SoundScan numbers) fluctuates later this week, the album will still be platinum (as long as it moves 181,000). By looking at the steady position on iTunes, it's all-but guaranteed that the former Sing-Off champions will have their first-ever platinum-selling album by 2015.
Congrats all around! RCA Records should be incredibly proud of the group's work. Of course, PTX has talent for days, so they get the most credit. The way they've crafted each and every arrangement to be wholly unique, they've cut through the pop noise. Now, fans just have to wait for official platinum certification from RIAA.
As Popdustpreviously reported, That's Christmas To Me was certified gold earlier this month. During this year's A Very Grammy Christmas broadcast on Dec. 5, the band learned of their first-ever Grammy nomination. Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado and Kevin Olusola (along with collaborator Ben Bram) are up for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella. They face off against Pete McGuiness Jazz Orchestra (“Beautiful Dreamer”), Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band (“Get Smart”), Alfredo Rodriguez (“Guantanamera”) and Amy Dickson (“Moon River”).
In 2015, PTX will be embarking on their hot-ticket On My Way Home Tour, headlining dates all across the world. Find out more info and to purchase tickets here.
Cee-Lo Green— The controversial singer took a break from having sex with unconcious women to attend the Jingle Ball clad in an XXL Christmas sweater, worn-in jeans, sunglasses and a “I Don’t Give a Damn” attitude