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Superfruit
Scott Hoying Mitch Grassi Pentatonix.jpg
Mitch Grassi (right) and Scott Hoying (left) performing as part of Pentatonix in June 2016
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2013–present
Genre
  • Music
  • comedy
Subscribers2.47 million
Total views419.8 million
Associated actsPentatonix
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers

Updated: September 18, 2020

Superfruit (often stylized as SUP3RFRUIT) is an American musical and comedy duo consisting of Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying, both known as members of the a cappella group Pentatonix. Superfruit is also the name of their comedy show, featured on their eponymous YouTube channel.[1][2] Their channel was created in August 2013 with a focus on comedic vlogs and music performances. As of September 2020, the channel has over 2.4 million subscribers and over 419 million views.[3]

In 2016, the duo became more involved in musical activities, with the releases of their first original songs, "Bad 4 Us" on October 18 and "Sweet Life" on November 15.[4][5] On June 30, 2017, the duo released their first EP, Future Friends: Part One, followed on September 15 by both the EP Future Friends: Part Two, and Future Friends, which acted as a compilation album containing both EPs and Superfruit's debut studio album.[6] Superfruit's sound differs from their a capella work with Pentatonix as it features electric and electronic instruments, while retaining their usual pop, melody-oriented style.

YouTube channel[edit]

Hoying (left) and Grassi (right) at a signing in New York in 2014.

According to Grassi, he and Hoying were at IHOP and discussed how they wanted to individually start YouTube channels, but eventually decided to launch one together.[7][unreliable source?] According to Hoying, the name Superfruit "came from Mitch's random mind".[8][unreliable source?] The first Superfruit video was uploaded on August 13, 2013.[9]

Superfruit consists mainly of comedic vlogs and various casual games and competitions, but the channel also features a number of musical projects. Most videos solely feature Hoying and Grassi, but some include other musical artists or non-musical guests. Both Grassi and Hoying identify as gay.[10][11]

In 2019, ice skater Adam Rippon appeared in Superfruit's "The Promise" music video.[12]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

EPs

  • Future Friends – Part One (2017)
  • Future Friends – Part Two (2017)

Singles

  • The Promise (2019)

Tours[edit]

  • Future Friends Tour (2018)

Other notable works[edit]

Outside of their YouTube channel, Superfruit promoted The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water with an MTV commercial in which Grassi receives a tattoo of SpongeBob SquarePants on his arm.[13]

Grassi and Hoying have been featured on other artists' music, such as Betty Who's "Beautiful" from her studio album The Valley.[14] Additionally, Superfruit was featured alongside Kirstin Maldonado on Todrick Hall's "Black & White" from the deluxe edition of Straight Outta Oz.[15]

In January 2018, the duo guest starred on Good Mythical Morning where they played the "Duo or Don't-O Challenge".[16]

Awards and nominations[edit]

World Choreography Awards[edit]

Year Category Work Result Ref.
2017 Best Choreography in a Music Video Sweet Life Won [17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goodman, William (January 17, 2014). "'Frozen' Music Medley Is Pure Perfection (VIDEO)". HuffPost. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  2. ^ "WATCH: Your Favorite Hip Hop Hits Turned Into Broadway Tunes Is Amazing". iHeartRadio. June 4, 2015. Archived from the original on June 29, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  3. ^ "SUPERFRUIT - YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  4. ^ Superfruit (October 18, 2016). "Superfruit - Bad 4 Us [Original Video]". YouTube. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  5. ^ Superfruit (November 15, 2016). "Superfruit - SWEET LIFE". YouTube. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  6. ^ "Future Friends - Part One by Superfruit". Apple Music. RCA Records. June 30, 2017. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  7. ^ Superfruit (March 13, 2015). "we were at IHOP one day and both discussed how we wanted to individually start youtube channels. then we were like WHY DON'T WE JUST DO IT TOGETHIEZ". Facebook. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  8. ^ Superfruit (March 13, 2015). "mitch's random mind". Facebook. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  9. ^ Superfruit (August 13, 2013). "An Intro to Superfruit". YouTube. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  10. ^ "Mitch Grassi of Pentatonix on being gay in the cool a cappella band". The Georgia Voice. November 23, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  11. ^ Gonsalves, Jenifer (June 30, 2020). "Pandemic Playlist: Winding up Pride Month with 5 tracks by modern LGBTQ icons who keep the queer spirit alive". MEAWW. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  12. ^ Linnell, Christine (14 February 2019). "This Superfruit + Adam Rippon 'The Promise' Collab Is Gorgeous". www.pride.com. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  13. ^ Wickman, Kase (February 2, 2015). "Superfruit Will See SpongeBob Everywhere When They Take Over Mtv's Instagram". MTV News. MTV. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  14. ^ "Beautiful - Betty Who Feat. Superfruit - Listen on Online Radio Box". OnlineRadioBox.com. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  15. ^ Hall, Todrick (March 22, 2017). "Black & White (feat. Superfruit) by Todrick Hall". YouTube. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  16. ^ Good Mythical Morning (January 24, 2018). "Duo or Don't-O Challenge ft. Superfruit". YouTube. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  17. ^ "World Choreography Awards". World Choreography Awards. Retrieved September 18, 2020.

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