Pentatonix Mash Up “New Rules” & “Are You That Somebody” In A Hot Cover

Mike Nied | March 9, 2018 11:04 am

Things are getting serious for a cappella supergroup Pentatonix. Last week the quintet announced plans to unveil an album’s worth of material in April and embark on a summer tour to perform their new hits across North America. Today (March 9), they are offering up a taste of what to expect next month with the release of a fiery new mashup. For their latest cover, they combined Dua Lipa’s song of the summer contender “New Rules” with Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody.” The end result is unsurprisingly sublime.

Opening with the signature bassline from Aaliyah’s 1998 smash, Scott Hoying comes in on the lead vocal for “New Rules.” The darker arrangement puts a unique spin on the fierce breakup anthem, and things only get better as the rest of the group comes in on intricate harmonies. Kirstin Maldonado and Mitch Grassi deliver some impressive runs, and bass Matt Sallee and beatbox extraordinaire Kevin Olusola keep the group centered on the production. In the accompanying video, they perform in a room that looks out over a sprawling cityscape. It is another lush release that showcases everyone’s abilities to the perfect effect.

The mashup follows in the footsteps of a cover of Camila Cabello’s “Havana.” The bold reimagining has racked up an impressive 10 million views on YouTube in two short weeks and offered fans a first taste of what to expect on their new album. Titled PTX Presents: Top Pop, Vol. I, it seems like the tracklist will be comprised of reimagined hits like these. There is no word on original material just yet, but it is always nice to hear the group put a fresh new spin on pop classics. Give the track a listen up top!

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