Just to make it clear: we know that performing an entire song a cappella solo and complete with instrumentals isn’t new. So yeah, this might not be the most cutting edge video out there right now, but what, we still can’t be impressed by it? We’re still riding our high after Pitch Perfect‘s Rebel Wilson tweeted our “The 21 Best Moments of Rebel Wilson on Film (and in Real Life) story. We also may or may not have watched the movie once, twice, or every night since then as a result. So yeah, we’re in a musical mood. Get at me, bro.
Anyways, back to video which is awe-to-the-some. Inhyeok Yeo basically recreates Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish” all by himself. Good song choice. Great talent. Simple as that.
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As it is, I’m pretty obsessed with Pentatonix as evidence by this, this and especially this. When you combine the Texas a capella group with another one of my obsessions, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ “Thrift Shop” it’s like “WHAT IS MY LIFE?”
I’m pretty obsessed with their arrangement, which replaces the strong back beat with Kevin Olusola and Avi Kaplan’s sick beatboxing. Meanwhile, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying and Kirstie Maldonado rocked the fast-paced vocals.
The group also had a special announcement: They’re going on tour again, starting in late January. Find more about their shows and how to get tickets here.
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Britney Spears did her first a capella performance on The X-Factor last night since her Chaotic show in 2005. It wasn’t half bad! I mean, she was no Adele but Britney was alway known as a performer more than a singer.
LA Reid celebrated his birthday on last night’s show so Britney and Demi Lovato decided to surprise him with a cake between auditions. There’s a weird shake in her voice I can’t quite get past but she has her moments.
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Check her out singing opera in 2005, sans instruments. The clip was aired on her show Chaotic with former husband Kevin Federline. Read more…
There are a few benefits of being the opening act on One Direction’s sold out North American tour, like Olly Murs. As if it’s not cool enough that the fellow Brit and X Factor alum is stealing the hearts of 1D’s INSANE fan base, he got to have a backstage, impromptu jam sesh with cutie Niall Horan.
Our heart was already exploding for his a capella version of “Heart Skips A Beat” but then the camera panned to Niall Horan with a guitar. Sitting on a toilet.
“Heart Skips A Beat” is Murs’ debut single and he doesn’t need any help from 1D to convince us he’s talented. The guys filmed the performance backstage at a recent gig in Toronto and posted it online later.
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From Gotye to Whitney Houston, A Capella singing group Pentatonix nails it again with their version of Fun’s teen anthem “We Are Young”.
Complete with perfect harmonies and some awesome beat boxing, the group certainly makes the song their own.
Zac Efron revealed to Conan O’Brien last night that before he was such a hot celebrity that he had to carry condoms in his pocket, he didn’t have much game. To court the ladies, he relied on song and dance, literally donning a top hat and performing in a barbershop quartet. Well, we all know how the ladies can’t resist the mustached smile of a worthy gentleman flexing his a capella vocal muscles. SWOON.
Conan didn’t buy the strategy so he got Zac and his musical sidekick La Bamba to recreate the scene. The three men sang an a cappella version of the Beach Boys’ Barbara Ann, with Conan naturally doing the high part. It’s actually pretty good!
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As we all know, HBO debuted the concert event “Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden” this weekend, delivering 2 hours of musical and visual brilliance from Gaga’s ‘Monster Ball’ tour.
Sure, everyone is buzzing about the documentary. But one of the most talked-about moments of the special was Gaga’s soulful backstage A Cappella rendition of “Born This Way,” which kept everyone screaming for more during the closing credits.
Take a listen below. If you have, at any moment, ever doubted Gaga’s singing capabilities, you can take that back right about now. Such power, such soul!