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The group was also featured guests on Katie Couric (ABC), Home and Family (Hallmark), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Big D NYE.
Ryan Seacrest's website named Pentatonix the 2012 "Featured Artist of the Year" for their expansive growth online in just one year. PTXmas reappeared on the Billboard charts again in November 2014, placing No. 4 on the Holiday charts, giving Pentatonix three albums on the Billboard 200 at the same time.
Through a mutual friend, Hoying met Avriel "Avi" Kaplan (born April 17, 1989), a highly recognized vocal bass in the a cappella community.
Then, the trio found Kevin Olusola (born October 5, 1988) on You Tube, where one of his videos in which he was simultaneously beatboxing and playing the cello (called "celloboxing") had gone viral.
By year's end (December 31, 2014), Billboard reported the album had reached a total of 1.14 million copies sold—becoming the 4th best selling album of 2014 by any artist of any genre (being surpassed only by Taylor Swift's 1989, the Frozen Soundtrack, and Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour) Hoying also stated, "We're at the point in our careers now [where] we must go to original music, and we want to go to original music; we have so much to say, and I think it's gonna be quite a journey." On August 28, 2015, Pentatonix announced on social media that a self-titled album, the group's third full-length album and first album made of mostly original music, will be released on October 16, 2015.
On September 4, 2015, Pentatonix released "Can't Sleep Love" the first single from Pentatonix upcoming album Then, 2 weeks later on September 18, 2015, a second version featuring Tink was released online.
Pentatonix subsequently re-released a deluxe version of PTXmas on November 18, 2013 with two new tracks, "Little Drummer Boy" and "Go Tell It On The Mountain".
During that six-month period of picking covers and writing originals, Pentatonix released covers of both popular and classic songs on You Tube.
In interviews, the members mention that it was a way to stay relevant to their audience that enjoyed their work on "The Sing-Off", in addition to gaining new fans.
On July 30, through the new label, the group released their first official album PTX, Vols.
1 & 2 in Japan, containing all of the songs from their two namesake EPs and four additional tracks, previously released as singles.