Babymetal is a lot like it sounds -- a trio of three cute Japanese girls in shiny black skirts singing to heavy metal music, with a little dubstep and pop thrown in.
They may sound like a desecration of the heavy metal genre, but they're legit -- they've amassed the love of tons of musicians (pop and metal alike) and have started to worm their way into being a real force in the heavily male-dominated metal scene.
Combining the gimmickry of J-pop -- the goth Lolita outfits, the high-pitched singing voices and the overly cute dances -- with headbanging rock music, Babymetal has become so prolific since their debut in 2011 that they made their U.S. TV debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Tuesday night, subsequently confusing and intriguing everyone who was watching.
"Metal Resistance", the second album from the Japanese teenage girl pop metal band BABYMETAL, debuted at No. 38 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 12,914 equivalent album units in the week ending April 7.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). In terms of pure album sales, "Metal Resistance" opened with 12,240 copies.
BABYMETAL also became the become highest-charting Japanese band ever on the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart, with "Metal Resistance" landing at No. 15. It has also charted in France, Germany and Japan.
"Metal Resistance" was released on April 1 via RAL/Sony Music Entertainment in the U.S. and earMUSIC in Europe. The CD features songs that have already been performed live, as well as many never-been-heard-before new songs.
Last night (May 4), Babymetal began their 2016 world tour with a show at New York City’s Playstation Theater. The opening night of any act’s tour is often the most telling, so we experienced the most intimate and organic version of a group often shrouded in mystique.
With the release of Babymetal’s debut album, the group became a worldwide sensation and Babymetal cemented its strength as a legitimate creative force with Metal Resistance this year. With a 14-song set in NYC, we got the best from both albums at a gig that was surprisingly stripped-down.
If you’ve seen Babymetal’s Live at Budokan DVD, you know the Japanese pop-metal hybrid spares no expense when it comes to spectacle. Performing on a custom stage, Babymetal’s performance was brilliantly overwhelmed by fire, elaborate lights and props. Tokyo’s Budokan holds 14,500 people, but with Playstation Theater’s capacity tipping at just over 2,000 fans, the proverbial curtain was pulled back, allowing Babymetal fanatics to experience the phenomenon up close.
The Kerrang! Awards 2016 were held on Thursday, June 9. Given the tagline of celebrating its 35th birthday, it was surely a night to remember. Everyone over the course of three generations of rock, including Iron Maiden, Deftones, Blink-182, A Day To Remember, Thin Lizzy, and many more, celebrated.
All who have been mentioned won an award at the show as they went on stage to receive their K-shaped awards. According to the official website of Kerrang!, Deftones won the Lifetime Achievement Award, Iron Maiden won Kerrang! Legend, Thin Lizzy won Kerrang! Hero, Blink-182 won The Icon Award, and A Day To Remember won Best International Band.
While all three members of BABYMETAL were standing on stage, holding their K-shaped award with bright smiles on their faces, Su-Metal — the oldest member of the trio — did her best during her acceptance speech. It was apparent that English was a second language for Su-Metal as it was broken, yet people could still understand what she was saying (as proven during their interview with the Fine Bros.). Despite this, Benji Webbe interrupted Su-Metal a number of times during her speech.
"This year, we were honored to perform on the main stage for the first time. Although it was raining really hard, I was glad that there were so many people enjoying our set and being excited to see our show."
Which other bands are you most looking forward to watching at Download?
"I’m looking forward to see RAMMSTEIN’s show and also KORN and ALL TIME LOW."
You know you are No.2 in our Top 10 bands to see at Download Festival 2016? When we shared the news on Twitter your fans went nuts.
"I am extremely pleased and honored to hear that there had been many people were looking forward to our show. I always put my best into our live performances and most of all it is always important for us to keep true to what we do as BABYMETAL."
Do you have a favourite song from your new album?
“Meta Taro is my favorite song. "We weren’t able to perform this song at the festival but it’s our first time tackling Viking Metal.
"I think it’s a song that everyone could sing and dance together so I’d like to enjoy this song with everyone at our show."
How did your love of Heavy Metal start?
"It started when I saw many other bands performing. From the beginning I felt that Heavy Metal is not just about music but also something that you feel with your heart. It is music that helps you express your emotions and feelings."
You’ve been performing across Europe this week, how do the audiences in Holland and Germany compare to the UK?
"From the reactions during the show, I have an impression that there are many Metal Heads coming from Holland and Germany.
"I also noticed that in every country, everyone in Europe sings along the melody of the SU-METAL part."
What was it like performing at Wembley Arena back in April?
"I was very nervous, but as the show went on I was glad that we were able come together with the audience.
"I was very moved when I saw many people holding up their national flags when we were performing the English version of THE ONE.”