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Phillip Phillips' debut album goes platinum -- so how are other singing-show winners doing?

American Idol takes a lot of flack for being past its prime — and given the weak chart performance of its reigning champ, Candice Glover, those criticisms make sense — but make no mistake, the show can still produce stars.

Take Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips: The gravelly-voiced folk-pop singer’s debut album The World from the Side of the Moon was just certified platinum by the RIAA for shipments of one million units. The disc, which was released in November 2012, wasn’t a blockbuster out of the gate. It sold 169,000 in its first week, driven primarily by the success of Phillips’ Olympic anthem “Home,” which sold over 4.6 million copies as a single.

But World has continued selling steadily thanks to the slow-burn success of his platinum follow-up single “Gone Gone Gone,” which has climbed to No. 24 on the Hot 100 and topped the Adult Contemporary chart. And it doesn’t hurt that Phillips nabbed the opening slot on John Mayer’s Born and Raised tour, which he joined in July and will continue with until mid-December. READ FULL STORY

Hear Pentatonix's amazing 'Carol of the Bells' from their upcoming Christmas EP -- EXCLUSIVE

Hoping to get in the Christmas spirit a little early? You’re in luck. EW has an exclusive present for you courtesy of futuristic a cappella troupe Pentatonix, the winners of season 3 of The Sing-Off, who are gearing up for the release of their second EP, a Christmas collection called PTXmas, which will be available on Nov. 13.

The vocal band, who frequently make headlines with their inventive covers — like this recent take on “Gangnam Style” — have already successfully released one EP this year and toured the country. And the group has just announced a 2013 tour (dates available on the group’s Facebook page) that will run from January 24 to mid-March of next year.

But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves — first we have to get into the Christmas spirit. “But we’re only at Halloween,” you say? Trust me, once you hear Pentatonix’s version of “Carol of the Bells,” which you can stream exclusively right here on EW, you won’t be complaining.

The track features an arrangement of the classic carol that is at once both spirited and haunting. Mitch Grassi’s formidable tenor leads the song, and he’s well supported by the rest of the group, though Avi Kaplan’s incredible bass notes deserve a special shoutout (Seriously, how does he go that low?!). They’re basically like a chorus of angels wearing skinny jeans… or something like that. Check it out (especially the breakdown at 2:14) below: READ FULL STORY

Winners of 'The Sing-Off' outsell 'The Voice' winner Javier Colon

Well, NBC, this is awkward…

Pentatonix, the awesomely futuristic winning group from Season 3 of NBC’s now-canceled a cappella singing competition The Sing-Off, which averaged about 4.5 million viewers in its last season, sold a rather impressive 18,401 copies of their debut PTX, Vol. 1 in its first week, good for 11th place on the chart, according to Hits Daily Double.

That means that Pentatonix’s online-only EP, which is being distributed via iTunes by indie label Madison Gate Records, sold almost twice as many copies as The Voice winner Javier Colon’s Universal Republic-produced Come Through For You did in its first week. Colon’s disc peaked at number 134 with anemic first-week sales of just 9,974 copies in late 2011.

Mind you, Colon’s season of The Voice, which coach Adam Levine called “the platinum standard” earlier this year in response to American Idol‘s assertion that it was the “gold standard” in the singing-competition world, averaged 10.6 million viewers and boasted a much younger demographic than The Sing-Off. NBC is bringing back The Voice for both a fall and spring season this year.

Do you have Pentatnix’s new record? (I do, and it’s absolutely terrific — even the originals!) Will The Voice‘s latest winner, Jermaine Paul, fare better than Colon? And can we all agree that criticizing Idol‘s record sales seems pretty silly when other reality competitions yield numbers like these? (For comparison’s sake, Pentatonix also outsold Season 8 Idol winner Kris Allen’s sophomore disc Thank You Camellia, which started with over 16,000 copies earlier this year. Still they didn’t come close to matching the 198,000 debut of Scotty McCreery’s Clear As Day.)

More on EW.com:
‘The Sing-Off’ champs Pentatonix talk competition, their future album, and (of course) Nick Lachey’s puns

TV Jukebox: 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Hart of Dixie' feature our favorite songs on TV this week

Valentine’s Day may still be nearly three months away, but we saw some serious sensuality in our favorite shows’ song choices this week. There was also a whole lot of heartbreak, a meat truck moment that would have been best kept private, and a dead body for good measure. From a 1970s R&B icon to an Irish electronic trio, plus some old-fashioned singer-songwriters and an experimental musician in the mix, keeping reading to see our Jukebox picks below! READ FULL STORY

TV Jukebox: 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Grimm,' 'Parenthood' feature our favorite songs on TV this week

As we kept our ears perked up for this week’s best show tunes, we saw a trend: Family. In fact, we had a TV Jukebox first, with songs from both British folksters Richard and Linda Thompson and also their son Teddy.

As the Thompsons would know as well as anyone, family can take you on a crazy ride. This week’s music expressed that poetically and, at times, hilariously. From letdowns to glorious build-ups, harboring dark secrets and sweet memories, and encompassing Irish oddballs and naked roommates (see: New Girl), family takes all kinds. See this week’s picks below:  READ FULL STORY

TV Jukebox: 'Revenge,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'American Horror Story' feature our favorite songs on TV this week

Music rang through the Upper and Lower East Sides this week, hung over the Hamptons, and emerged from a mass grave on sunny Los Angeles’s darkest block. As fall settles in, show tunes seem to be taking a turn for the moody, but don’t worry, we’ve made sure to include some upbeat numbers in there and one very unexpected Betty White shout-out. See our picks below! (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS follow!) READ FULL STORY

Jonah Hill directs a dancing Sara Bareilles in her new video 'Gonna Get Over You': Watch it here

Who knew Sara Bareilles could move so well? In the video for her new single, “Gonna Get Over You” off her album Kaleidoscope Heart, Bareilles unleashes her inner dancing queen.

In a leather jacket and a classic car that screams ‘Greased Lightning‘, the Sing-Off judge shimmies around a grocery store, and then proceeds to have a highly choreographed dance-off with her fellow West Side Story wannabes.Watch your back, Beyoncé!

The coolest part? Bareilles’ friend Jonah Hill — maybe you’ve heard of him – marks his directing debut with this clip. Watch it below: READ FULL STORY

'The Sing-Off': Watch Delilah's fiery cover of Bruno Mars' 'Grenade'

Judging by Monday night’s ratings, there’s a good chance that you were checking out Ashton Kutcher’s debut on Two And A Half Men rather than watching NBC’s delightful a cappella competition The Sing-Off last night. Bad decision.

If you didn’t see the show, you missed fierce (both in the literal and Top Model sense) girl group Delilah delivering an utterly searing rendition of Bruno Mars’ “Grenade.”

As the ladies slowly sauntered around the stage, pausing for the occasional hip gyration, lead singer Amy tore through the number with soulful done-me-wrong scorn. The sparse arrangement built to the climactic “Watch me burn down” line of the chorus, which was clearly the best use of dramatic posing all night.

Girl groups often struggle to achieve a full sound, but with a two talented bass singers, that wasn’t an issue for Delilah at all. Watch their performance below: READ FULL STORY

'The Sing-Off' winning group Committed releases video for debut single 'Break Free': Watch it here!

Committed

While NBC is gearing up for Season 3 of a cappella singing competition The Sing-Off (which will be recapped once again by yours truly), last year’s winning group, Committed, is getting ready to release their debut album on August 29.

The Alabama gospel sextet has just released a music video for their new single, “Break Free,” which is surprisingly not an a cappella track at all! (But don’t worry, the rest of their album, which is streaming in full here, is mostly full of vocal harmonies and void of instrumentation. That’s how we a caholics like it!)

Check out the radio edit below: READ FULL STORY

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