BABYMETAL–2015’s breakout all-girl-fronted Japanese heavy metal/teen-pop hybrid group featuring 17-year-old SU-METAL and 16-year-olds YUIMETAL and MOAMETAL, backed by a four-piece band–made their U.S. late-night TV debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night (4/5), to promote their just-released sophomore album METAL RESISTANCE (released April 1, 2016 on RAL/Sony Music Entertainment).
2015 was a breakout year for BABYMETAL: they re-released their 2014 chart topping self-titled debut album in the U.S. via RAL/Sony Music Entertainment, were the most sought-after band at Rock on the Range (U.S.’s premiere rock festival), completed sold-out dates at Chicago’s House of Blues and New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, and won several awards including: “Breakthrough Act” award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods, “Spirit of Independence” award at the Relentless Kerrang! Awards, MTV Europe’s “Wildcard Best Japanese Act” and several LOUDWIRE Awards. In addition, they were awarded the “Discovery Prize” at GQ Japan’s “Men of the Year 2015” Awards and the “Women of the Year” Award at VOGUE Japan’s “Women of the Year 2015” Awards. In July, 2015, they became the first Japanese artist to appear on the cover of Metal Hammer.
Since forming in 2010, BABYMETAL have already achieved two major debut singles: “IJIME, DAME, ZETTAI” and “MEGITSUNE,” both of which ranked in the Top 10 Oricon Chart in Japan. Their first studio album BABYMETAL also earned the #1 spot on Japan’s album chart and Billboard’s World Album Chart The official live music video for their debut album’s lead single “Gimme Chocolate!!” has close to 45 million views on YouTube. 2014 saw BABYMETAL headline numerous sold-out shows from New York to London, including the 20,000 capacity Saitama Super Arena in Japan. They performed at major festivals in multiple countries such as the UK’s massive Sonisphere in front of 65,000 festival-goers and supported Lady Gagaon her “Artrave: The Artpop Ball” tour.
Watch BABYMETAL perform “Gimme Chocolate!!” off their debut album.
BABYMETAL’s 12-track second full-length album, featuring tracks “Road of Resistance,” “KARATE” and “The One,” debuted at #1 on iTunes’ Metal Chart and is available now as a standalone CD, vinyl and limited edition bundle package at their webstore.
Following the release of the official video for lead single “KARATE,” which has already garnered over 4.2 million views and can be viewed here, BABYMETAL unveiled the second video for the new album (3/26), for the song “THE ONE.” The 7-minute live video features singer/dancers SU-METAL, MOAMETAL and YUIMETAL performing within a triangular enclosure that’s suspended above an arena-size crowd at Yokohama Arena in Japan on the final date of the 2015 Baby Metal World Tour (12/13).
To coincide with the release of the new album, BABYMETAL kicked off their “Babymetal World Tour 2016” over the weekend (4/2) at the world-famous Wembley Arena in the U.K., making history by becoming the first Japanese artist to headline the legendary venue. The U.S. leg of their 2016 World Tour kicks off May 4 at Playstation Theater in New York and makes stops in Detroit (5/11), Chicago (5/13), San Francisco (7/14) and Los Angeles (7/15), among other cities. Click here for a complete list of tour dates and tickets.
Track listing for METAL RESISTANCE:
- Road of Resistance
- Awadama Fever
- Meta Taro
- From Dusk Till Dawn*
- Sis. Anger
- No Rain, No Rainbow
- Tales of The Destinies
- THE ONE – English ver.*
*available everywhere except for Japan
U.S. tour dates confirmed for the “BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR 2016”:
Wednesday, May 4 – Playstation Theater – New York, NY
Thursday, May 5 – House Of Blues – Boston, MA
Saturday, May 7 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, May 8 – Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion (Festival) – Concord, NC
Tuesday, May 10 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
Wednesday, May 11 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
Friday, May 13 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Saturday, May 14 – Northern Invasion (Festival) – Somerset, WI
Tuesday, July 12 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
Thursday, July 14 – Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
Friday, July 15 – Wiltern Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, July 17 – Chicago Open Air (Festival) – Bridgeview, IL
Note: All dates are now on sale, details available at http://en.babymetal.jp/schedule/
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