As if the Hot 100-topping “Havana” needed any additional exposure, Pentatonix has put their signature a capella spin on the Camila Cabello smash, releasing their own version Friday (Feb. 23), complete with a corresponding music video.
The video is set in a living room, as the quintet sings its way through the breakthrough hit, backed by no instruments, but with some additional beatboxing. The group even takes on the rapped Young Thug verse, though their take lacks much actual rapping.
Notably, the group is without founding member Avi Kaplan, who has since been replaced by Matt Sallee, responsible for half of the beatboxing for this rendition. Kaplan left the group in May to spend more time with friends and family.
As for song choice, Pentatonix's choice of “Havana” is timely: The song hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in January, and is still currently lingering in the top five. It was the first single off Cabello’s self-titled debut album, which debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
You can currently see Kirstin Maldonado, of the hit acapella group Pentatonix, making her Broadway debut as "Lauren" in KINKY BOOTS on Broadway beginning, Friday, February 2, 2018 for a limited run through Sunday, April 8, 2018. She succeeds Delaney Westfall.
Stream their rendition on Spotify here! Own it on iTunes here!
Last year, Pentatonix released a deluxe version of their certified platinum 2016 holiday album - A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe. The group has sold more than 6.4 million albums (in total consumption) in the U.S. alone, won three Grammy Awards, received a Daytime Emmy nomination and performed for hundreds of thousands of fans at their sold-out shows across the globe. Their Youtube channel boasts more than 13.7 million subscribers, yielding over 2.7 billion video views, and their 2015 self-titled album has been certified gold after debuting #1 on Billboard's 200.
Additionally, seven of their albums reached the top 10 on Billboard's 200 chart (2 at #1) and received multiple RIAA certifications for multi-platinum, platinum and gold selling albums and singles. In 2015, the group released its first tour documentary - On My Way Home - and appeared in the feature film Pitch Perfect 2. Earlier this year, the group released PTX Vol. 4 - Classics which features their Grammy Award-winning performance of "Jolene" with Dolly Parton, as well as an arrangement of the John Lennon classic "Imagine."