Pentatonix Deliver Faithful Cover of OMI’s ‘Cheerleader’
After premiering a cover for OMI’s hugely popular summer single “Cheerleader” while opening for Kelly Clarkson this summer, a cappella group Pentatonix decided to take things to the next level and release an official studio version of the track, complete with a music video to go along with it.
The group's version stays true to the hit Felix Jaehn remix, with its members slightly affecting OMI’s original intonations to deliver a faithful rendition. In the video, they dramatically lower their varsity jacket hoodies, one-by-one, in succession, until each member is revealed. The video pays tribute to the track's title pretty literally, as it's shot in a gymnasium. Cheerleaders! Get it???
At the tail end of the video, the text “Can’t Sleep Love” appears onscreen, followed by the ominous hashtag #Soon. "Can't Sleep Love" is an as-of-yet unreleased song the group had been performing on tour, so it’s probably safe to assume the track will be out at some point in the near future.
“Cheerleader,” meanwhile, has managed to maintain its lengthy summer reign, regaining control of the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for a fifth week. That feat makes "Cheerleader" the longest-leading reggae track by a solo male artist to hit No. 1 in over 22 years. The last reggae track to pull that off was Snow’s "Informer" way back in 1993. It held the No. 1 spot for seven weeks, and it looks like OMI is well on his way to tying that record.
Check out Pentatonix's a capella cover of OMI's "Cheerleader" in the video above.