Though it might go without saying, YouTube has launched quite a few careers.
At the beginning, the platform was really just used for people uploading home videos and posting clips of their daily lives. It has since grown over the years, and now many media major companies have a stake in posting their own content and videos on there as well!
As a result, there’s a lot more competition and a lot more people vying for attention to make it to the big time. Even so, there are a few acts that originally broke on YouTube that are still just as big today.
For just one example, consider the vocal group Pentatonix!
For those who don’t know, Pentatonix is an American a cappella group originally from Arlington, Texas.
The group has five members, though their lineup has shifted a little bit over the years. In any case, their style has remained consistent—and consistently entertaining!
For the most part, the group does interesting arrangements of pop songs which they make completely their own. This includes adding in parts, mixing up songs, riffing and all sorts of other vocal tricks. Though they’ve since appeared on television on all kinds of shows, they first made a name for themselves digitally.
And the video we’re talking about today was definitely an instrumental part of that.
The clip we’re talking about was originally posted in October 2013.
As it begins, the lights fade up and the five members of the group can be seen singing in front of a black background. The title of the video is “Evolution of Beyoncé,” and it becomes clear why almost immediately.
Right away, the group starts singing “Bills, Bills, Bills” which was originally performed by Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé’s all-girl group from early in her career. It’s clear how talented they are immediately as they make the song all their own!
A moment later, they transition seamlessly into one of the group’s other mega-hits.
Next up is the modern R&B classic “Say My Name”—and they definitely do it justice.
Still, they don’t get very far into it before switching again—through two other Destiny’s Child songs. After that, it’s time for “Survivor” and “Bootylicious,” with one of the group members hitting some incredible low notes to round out the sound!
Next up is “Crazy in Love,” followed quickly by “Baby Boy.” By this point, it’s clear that Beyoncé’s has more hits than virtually any other R&B artist—and they’ve only just gotten to her solo work.
Still, the performance takes more and more impressive turns as it continues.
Since the video was posted, it has earned more than 56 million views worldwide—and it’s definitely well-deserved!
Towards the end, the group runs through many of Beyoncé’s later hits and spins dizzying variations on all of them.
Although they definitely nail each song individually, what’s most impressive is how smoothly they blend them all together—and how many details they add in to embellish each one! Even if this was just an early video, it’s a foundation that propelled them to worldwide success.
Congratulations to Pentatonix on all their success! Be sure to watch the whole thing in the link below:
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