BABYMETAL—2015‘s breakout all-girl-fronted Japanese heavy metal/teen-pop hybrid group–partnered exclusively with Music Choice (3/18) for the world premiere of the official music video for their lead single “KARATE,” from the group’s forthcoming sophomore album METAL RESISTANCE, out April 1 (also known as the “FOX DAY”) on RAL/Sony Music Entertainment (in the U.S.).
To watch the music video on television, go to Music Choice On Demand> Brand New This Week. To watch the music video online, on mobile devices or through the app, go to MusicChoice.com> Metal Video Channel.
“KARATE” was performed for the first time last year at Yokohama Arena in Japan and features the call out phrase “Seiya, soiya,“ with a stirring chorus and melody sure to resonate with fans. Currently at Active Rock Radio, the single is available now as an instant grat track when METAL RESISTANCE is pre-ordered on iTunes. It is also streaming now on Spotify. In addition, METAL RESISTANCE is available now to pre-order via BABYMETAL‘s webstore as a standalone CD and special pre-order bundles. Click here to view the trailer for the new album.
BABYMETAL–the young trio of 17-year-old SU-METAL (Vocal, Dance) and 16-year-olds YUIMETAL (Scream, Dance) and MOAMETAL (Scream, Dance), backed by a four-piece band packing a heavy metal arsenal–have been nominated in the “Best International Band” category at the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards, being held in Columbus, OH on July 18. Fans can cast their vote at altpress.com/apmas.
BABYMETAL will support the new album on their “Babymetal World Tour 2016” with a U.S. run of dates kicking off May 4 at Playstation Theater in New York and making 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.
2015 was a breakout year for BABYMETAL: they re-released their 2014 chart topping self-titled debut album (released digitally 5/12/15 and physically on 6/16/15 via RAL/Sony Music Entertainment), were the most sought-after band at Rock on the Range (U.S.’s premiere rock festival) and completed sold-out dates at Chicago’s House of Blues and New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom (part of their 2015 world tour); they’ve won several awards including the “Breakthrough Act” award at the 2015 Metal Hammer Golden Gods, the “Spirit of Independence” award at the 2015 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 44 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.
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