“Pitch Perfect” fans know the Barden Bellas and the Treblemakers already from the first film, but the sequel expands the collegiate world of a capella groups — and recruited some familiar faces for the roles.
If the “Pitch Perfect 2” playlist isn’t enough, here’s a guide to the real life a capella groups that helped bring the movie and its world championships to life.
Pentatonix — The Canadian team
How you know them: Pentatonix are maybe the most mainstream a capella group after winning Season 3 of “The Sing Off” on NBC. Their Christmas album sold over a million copies and they won a Grammy in 2015 for their Daft Punk medley.
The Filharmonic — The Filipino team
How you know them: The Filharmonic came in fourth during Season 4 of “The Sing Off” but were fan favorites. They also were part of the first “Sing Off” national tour with Pentatonix and also featured Linkin Park and the Black Eyed Peas.
Penn Masala — The South Asian team
How you know them: Penn Masala originated at the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 and is the dubbed as the first Hindi a capella group. The group mostly tours around other universities during the year, but have also traveled internationally. Later in 2015 they plan to release their ninth album.
Das Sound Machine — The German team
How you know them: Das Sound Machine unfortunately isn’t a real a capella group, but they’re lead by actress Birgitte Hjort Sorensen (“Game of Thrones”) and YouTube star Flula Borg. You can see Flula’s online work above.
*Notable mention: The Singboks are a ten-person group and The Cantasticos are an all-female a capella group that are also part of the “Any Way You Want it Medley” that opens the world championship sequence in the film. However, neither group have have an official YouTube page or website.