BABYMETAL’s ‘METAL GALAXY’ Dominates International Music Charts

25.October.2019 | MUSIC

BABYMETAL dropped their third studio album METAL GALAXY on October 11, which it was revealed on Monday to have made it to 13th place on the Billboard Top 200 in the US. The ranking marks BABYMETAL as the highest Japanese group/artist to place on the charts in 56 years, beating Kyu Sakamoto’s 14th place back in 1969, and also makes them the highest-ever charting Japanese female group/artist on the list. On the same day, BABYMETAL also reached No. 1 on Billboard Top Rock Albums, making them the first Japanese act to do so. 

BABYMETAL’s great charting success dates back to 2016 when they dropped their second album METAL RESISTANCE, which placed No. 39 on Billboard’s year-end US Top Hard Rock Albums charts, again marking 53 years since Ryu Sakamoto made it into the Top 40. But METAL GALAXY has beaten that record by a mile.

METAL GALAXY also stands as the band’s second album to make it into the Top 20 of the UK’s Official Charts for Rock & Metal Albums, coming in at No. 1, beating their own record and setting the record for Japanese artists. The album debuted at No. 3 on the Oricon Weekly Chart in Japan and dominated the iTunes charts in Japan, the UK, US, and elsewhere around the world.

BABYMETAL recently performed an electrifying show at The Forum in Los Angeles on the day the album was released, their first-ever US arena concert.

BABYMETAL will perform in Japan this November as part of the Metal Galaxy World Tour, with shows at Saitama Super Arena on the 16th and 17th and at Osaka-jo Hall on the 20th and 21st. They will be joined by British rock act Bring Me The Horizon who will perform as special guests at the already sold-out shows.

 

BABYMETAL recently added extra shows to the Japan leg of the tour. The additional concerts will take place at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall on January 25 and 26 next year.

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    12.October.2020 | MUSIC

    BABYMETAL revealed on Saturday via their official website and social media pages that they are celebrating their 10th anniversary with the release of a greatest hits album entitled 10 BABYMETAL YEARS on December 23, 2020. The number ten is the focus of the record, which will celebrate ten years of the band with special selections of ten songs spread out across ten different album editions.

    There will be a Regular Edition released on CD and vinyl, First Press Limited Edition A which will include a Blu-ray with all 16 of their music videos on it, First Press Limited Edition B which comes in a special vinyl-size CD cover containing ten newly-taken photos of Su-metal and Moametal, and First Press Limited Edition C which includes  Blu-ray featuring 10 LEGEND MOVIES—a special video of ten songs chosen by fans in the 10 LEGEND SONGS TOURNAMENT.

     

    But that’s only the beginning of the editions available. If you’re a member of the BABYMETAL fan club, THE ONE, then you can get your hands on THE ONE Edition A which includes a karuta battle set (Japanese playing cards). THE ONE EDITION B comes with the ‘Chronicle Set’ which features a video containing interviews with the band members. Both of these editions come with special packaging.

     

    Then there’s the Su-metal Edition, Moametal Edition, and Kobametal Edition, each of which comes with all three different Prophet Cards included in all the other editions mentioned and each with unique serial codes. These three band member editions also contain ten songs chosen respectively by each member of their personal favourite tracks the band has put out.

     

    To wrap it all up, a special X Edition will be release at a different date to the other editions and it will come with a mystery item that “Only The Fox God Knows” which will serve as the final piece of the puzzle to 10 BABYMETAL YEARS. The release date of the X Edition and what exactly it entails has yet to be announced.

    The greatest hits album is just the tip of the iceberg for BABYMETAL’s 10th anniversary celebrations. If you’re a member of THE ONE, you’ll gain special access to a video premiere of BABYMETAL’s legendary performance at Meguro Rockmaykan, a venue in Tokyo that has a special place in the band’s heart as it’s the first place where they played their first-ever solo concert. The video premiere is scheduled for this December. Part of the proceeds earned from online tickets will be donated to both Meguro Rockmaykan and BABYMETAL’s live crew who have been affected during the pandemic. Online tickets as well as the premiere date and time will be announced at a later date.

     

    A book entitled Bessatsu Kadokawa Souryoku Tokushuu compiling ten years of BABYMETAL will also be released in Japan on October 13, 2020. It contains a long interview with Su-metal and Moametal as well as never-before-heard stories from band producer Kobametal from BABYMETAL’s decade-long history, photos taken from live shows, a talk between Demon Kakka and Kobametal, and much more.

    2020 is the year of BABYMETAL and the start of the 10th chapter of the Metal Resistance.

  • BABYMETAL Drop New Fire Music Video For ‘BxMxC’

    09.October.2020 | MUSIC

    BABYMETAL  dropped a new music video on Thursday for BxMxC, a track included exclusively on the Japan Complete edition of their third studio album METAL GALAXY that was not featured on the international release.

    The fire track has been a huge hit at live shows, with the band’s first performance of it held during their concert METAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR IN JAPAN EXTRA SHOW LEGEND – METAL GALAXY which was held at Makuhari Messe on January 2020. The crowd went crazy, and have done so for every performance, including overseas where it had not been previously released—but as of Thursday, along with the music video, can now be listened to on Spotify outside Japan.

     

    In BxMxC, Su-Metal shows off her hip-hop side with some sick flows, while Moametal provides her iconic screams, and both to the sound of a brutal beat.

     

    The music video is the band’s first to be recorded in a studio since KARATE back in 2016. Check out the full video below.

     

    BABYMETAL -“BxMxC (OFFICIAL)

    You can also hear the song live on the band’s live album LEGEND – METAL GALAXY [DAY-2]BxMxC will be released as a solo track on 12-inch vinyl in Japan on December 9, 2020.

     

    This year marks the 10th anniversary since BABYMETAL formed, and they continue to deliver and break new ground in the metal scene.

  • BABYMETAL Announce Shopping Channel YouTube Stream ‘BABYNET DA DA DA’

    04.September.2020 | MUSIC

    BABYMETAL have announced that they will stream their first ever shopping channel-like show on YouTube on September 9, 2020—which is the same date as the release of their DVD, Blu-ray, and live album LEGEND – METAL GALAXY—at 21:00 (JST). The stream will not be archived.

    Since April this year, BABYMETAL has premiered past live concert footage on their official YouTube channel three times, giving fans around the world an at-home show experience. Now the band is trying something different with the announcement of their teleshopping stream.

    BABYNET DA DA DA will focus on the upcoming LEGEND – METAL GALAXY, showcasing footage from the DVD and Blu-ray release and exclusive merchandise that comes with it.

     

    BABYMETAL’s LEGEND – METAL GALAXY concert held at Makuhari Messe will also be screened at cinemas around Japan for one night on September 10.

  • BABYMETAL Drop Trailer For LEGEND ‒ METAL GALAXY DVD & Blu-ray Release

    15.July.2020 | MUSIC

    BABYMETAL just dropped the trailer for their upcoming live DVD and Blu-ray LEGEND – METAL GALAXY, which is set to hit shelves on September 9, 2020.

    The two concerts, held on January 25 and 26 this year at Makuhari Messe Internathional Exhibition Hall in Chiba, were added as extra shows to the Japanese leg of their ongoing “METAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR.” They performed for close to 50,000 fans across the two nights, with 24 songs making up the set list. The shows were themed around a “Metal Galaxy,” which is the title of their 3rd studio album, and which was split into two further themes for each night: Day one on January 25 was “World of Light” while day two on January 26 was “World of Darkness.” BABYMETAL threw out the idea of a generic set list with these concerts, instead option for performing both discs from METAL GALAXY, one for each night respectively.

     

    LEGEND – METAL GALAXY Trailer

    Fans who purchase both either the DVD or Blu-ray together with the live album that will be released on the same day will enter the chance to win an official BABYMETAL cushion. Exclusive to Japan, only 100 people can qualify, and winners will be selected randomly.

     

    Pre-orders for the live album open today. Their performances of Brand New Day (feat. Tim Henson and Scott LePage) and Headbanger!! from the album are now available to listen to early on Apple Music.

  • BABYMETAL Announces YouTube Premiere Of 2017 Hiroshima Concert

    22.June.2020 | MUSIC

    BABYMETAL’s third YouTube premiere of one of their concerts has been announced, and it will be their 2017 show in Hiroshima ‘LEGEND – S – BAPTISM.’ The concert will premiere on their official YouTube channel on June 28, 2020 at 20:00 (JST). The video will not be archived.

    BABYMETAL hit Hiroshima Green Arena twice on December 2 and 3 in 2017, just weeks before Su-Metal’s 20th birthday. It was also Su-Metal’s first time in Hiroshima. As the title of the concert ‘BAPTISM XX’ suggests, the concert was a look to the past and in the future, and marked the start of a new period.

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    15.June.2020 | MUSIC

    BABYMETAL has announced that their concert “METAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR IN JAPAN EXTRA SHOW LEGEND – METAL GALAXY” which was held on January 25 and 26 this year at Makuhari Messe Internathional Exhibition Hall in Chiba will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and CD.

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    At the shows, giant LED screens materialised visuals of a metal galaxy, pulling fans space-bound into the galactic world of BABYMETAL. They performed several tracks live for the first time, including Oh! MAJINAI (feat. Joakim Brodén), Brand New Day (feat. Tim Henson and Scott LePage), Night Night Burn!, and BxMxC. BABYMETAL performed Road to Resistance as the final song of Day 1 with their Avengersーthe dancers who tour with BABYMETALーand the Kami Band, while Ijime, Dame, Zettai wrapped up Day 2.

     

    Both days will be split into two separate DVD and Blu-ray releases. They will be released as Regular Editions, and a first-press edition will be released featuring a vinyl-sized CD cover. The shows will also be released on CD, coming as the first live albums from BABYMETAL since LIVE AT WEMBLEY in 2016.

     

    A Limited Pressing Edition will also be made available to members of the BABYMETAL fan club THE ONE which is coupled with the Blu-ray copy, both CDs, a photo book, a special interview with Su-Metal and Moametal, and special packaging. These made-to-order copies went live on June 15.

  • BABYMETAL’s Live at the Forum DVD & Blu-ray Tops Sales in Japanese Charts

    21.May.2020 | MUSIC

    BABYMETAL released their LIVE AT THE FORUM DVD and Blu-ray on May 13 which has gone and ranked in at number one on Oricon’s Weekly Music DVD & Blu-ray Disc charts for the May 25 selection. This is the band’s 6th release to reach number one on these charts, following LIVE AT BUDOKAN ~RED NIGHT & BLACK NIGHT APOCALYPSE~ on January 19, 2015. They stand alongside behemoth female acts such as Perfume who have reached number one in this category.

    LIVE AT THE FORUM features the full 15-song set of BABYMETAL’s concert “METAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR LIVE AT THE FORUM” which took place at in front of 17,500 fans at The Forum in Los Angeles on October 11, 2019. Their first US arena show to date, the show was part of their METAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR to promote their third studio album METAL GALAXY which released three days prior to the show on October 8.

     

    Last year saw BABYMETAL take their “METAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR” around the globe. At the end of the tour, the band returned home to Japan for several shows, including two at Saitama Super Arena on November 16 and 17 and Osaka-jo Hall on November 20 and 21. These Japan shows are to be released on a new Blu-ray titled METAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR IN JAPAN and are now available in limited copies to members of the band’s fan club THE ONE. Pre-orders are set to close on May 21, 2020 at 23:59 (JST).

  • BABYMETAL Announces Live at Wembley Stream On YouTube

    30.April.2020 | MUSIC

    Back on April 2, 2016, BABYMETAL performed their first ever arena show outside Japan at The SSE Arena, Wembley in London. Fans will now have the opportunity to relive that concert as BABYMETAL has announced that “LIVE AT WEMBLEY” will be released on their official YouTube channel on May 10, 2020 at 23:00 (JST).

    The SSE Arena, Wembley has welcomed some of the biggest names in music history from The Beatles to T.Rex, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Pink Floyd, and more. BABYMETAL hails as the first Japanese artist to perform there.

     

    LIVE AT WEMBLEY – ONLINE LIVE – Trailer

    https://youtu.be/WX66nP3kjx0

     

    BABYMETAL recently streamed their “LIVE AT TOKYO DOME” show which was watched by fans around the world. The trailer for their “LIVE AT WEMBLEY – ONLINE LIVE” invites fans to don their BABYMETAL T-shirts, make the Fox God sign, and rock out at home. Additionally, for 24 hours, BABYMETAL is restocking some of their old merch online.

  • BABYMETAL to Participate in YouTube Music Week Stay Home #WithMe Project

    28.April.2020 | MUSIC

    BABYMETAL have been announced as part of the line-up for YouTube Japan’s upcoming “Music Week Stay Home #WithMe” program which is set to run from April 29, 2020 to May 6, 2020, dates which run through Japan’s Golden Week.


    The program is being held in collaboration with record labels and popular music artists in Japan. 49 acts are confirmed for the line-up, each of which will stream past live performances at scheduled times using YouTube Premiere on their official YouTube channels.


    BABYMETAL are set to post the second night of their “BABYMETAL – LIVE AT TOKYO DOME – BLACK NIGHT” concert held at Tokyo Dome on September 20, 2016. It will be posted on May 1, 2020 at 20:30 (JST).

     

    BABYMETAL – LIVE AT TOKYO DOME – BLACK NIGHT
    Premiering: May 1, 2020 at 20:30 (JST)

    YouTube Music Week Stay Home #WithMe
    *The timetable will be posted on YouTube Japan’s official Twitter page.

     

    Use this time to listen to music from your favourite acts in Japanーor perhaps to discover new artists!

  • BABYMETAL Announce Blu-ray Release ‘METAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR IN JAPAN’

    24.April.2020 | MUSIC

    Last year saw BABYMETAL take their “METAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR” around the globe. At the end of the tour, the band returned home to Japan for several shows, including two at Saitama Super Arena on November 16 and 17 and Osaka-jo Hall on November 20 and 21. These Japan shows are to be released on a new Blu-ray titled METAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR IN JAPAN and will be available in limited copies to members of the band’s fan club THE ONE.

     

    BABYMETAL dropped their 3rd album METAL GALAXY worldwide on October 11, 2020. They promoted it with an enormous tour including their biggest US run to date with 20 showsーincluding their legendary arena show in Los Angeles on the same date as the album’s releaseーas well as 17 dates in 11 countries across Europe.

    British rock band Bring Me The Horizon joined BABYMETAL for the Japan leg of the METAL GALAXY tour. Their return to Japan gave rise to some seriously electrifying shows performed on an incredible triangular stage with massive LED screens and immersive lighting. The 1 and a half hour sets featured plenty of music from their new record, including DA DA DANCE (feat. Tak Matsumoto) and PA PA YA!! (feat. F.HERO).

     

    The METAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR IN JAPAN Blu-ray will feature the full 14 track set list with footage compiled and edited together from both the Saitama Super Arena and Osaka-jo Hall venues.

     

    BABYMETAL celebrate their 10th anniversary this year. If you’re a member of THE ONE, be sure to pick up a copy of the Blu-ray for your collection.

  • BABYMETAL Release Trailer For Live DVD & Blu-ray of Their Performance at The Forum in Los Angeles

    12.March.2020 | MUSIC

    BABYMETAL just dropped a trailer on their official YouTube channel for their upcoming live DVD & Blu-ray release LIVE AT THE FORUM which will hit shelves on May 13, 2020.

    LIVE AT THE FORUM features the full set of BABYMETAL’s concert “METAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR LIVE AT THE FORUM” which took place at The Forum in Los Angeles on October 11, 2019. Their first US arena show to date, the show was part of their METAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR to promote their third studio album METAL GALAXY which released three days prior to the show on October 8.

     

    The trailer features scenes and highlights of the exciting “Metal Galaxy” themed night at The Forum, a venue which has welcomed countless rock and pop acts, such as The Rolling Stones, The Jackson 5, Elvis Presley, and many more.

     

    BABYMETAL – LIVE AT THE FORUM Trailer

     

    A programme will air on WOWOW Live on March 15 at 21:00 (JST) entitled BABYMETAL Live Selection – Odyssey to the METAL GALAXY – which will feature a compilation of BABYMETAL’s live performances taken from the 8th chapter of the Metal Resistance. Their epic show at Makuhari Messe will also be shown in April and May.

  • Concert Review: BABYMETAL Send 50,000 Fans in Tokyo Into the Metal Galaxy at Makuhari Messe

    28.January.2020 | MUSIC

    BABYMETAL’s first solo performance of 2020 took place over the weekend on January 25 and 26 at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall in Tokyo. The two concerts were added as extra shows to the Japanese leg of their ongoing “METAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR.” They performed for close to 50,000 fans across the two nights, which were filled with anticipation and excitement, and were a display to Japanese fans of the band’s honed performance skills as a result of playing around the world.

     

    BABYMETAL released their third studio album METAL GALAXY worldwide simultaneously on October 11, 2019 which they promoted with a US tour, their biggest to date with 20 concerts, which included a performance at The Forum in Los Angeles, USーtheir first arena show in America. They followed the promotion up in November last year with a Japanese leg to the tour, with the Makuhari Messe gigs which took place over the weekend being additions to that leg. Both days sold out all tickets.

     

    Today, we take a look at those two shows, which precede the upcoming European leg of their tour. BABYMETAL threw out the idea of a generic set list with these concerts, instead option for performing both discs from METAL GALAXY, one for each night respectively.

    Photo by Taku Fujii

    Photo by Taku Fujii

    On the first night, Saturday January 25, the theme of the concert was “Power of Light.” BABYMETAL’s set focused on the songs on the first disc of METAL GALAXY. The performance began with the album’s opening track, FUTURE METAL, which at the same time as it begin, the giant LED screens materialised visuals of a metal galaxy, pulling fans space-bound into the galactic world of BABYMETAL.

     

    This was followed by DA DA DANCE (feat. Tak Matsumoto) which saw the members finally step onto stage where they were met with a surge of applause and cheers from fans. They continued with hit tracks Elevator and Shanti Shanti Shanti. And for the first time ever, they performed Oh! MAJINAI (feat. Joakim Brodén) live, during which Sabaton vocalist Joakim Brodén appeared on the LED screens. This was a video made in collaboration with the Sabaton frontman, and served to send the crowd into even greater excitement.

    Photo by Takimoto “JON…” Yukihide

    Photo by Takimoto “JON…” Yukihide

    Other songs played live for the first time included Brand New Day (feat. Tim Henson and Scott LePage), during which the members’ silhouettes reflected onto screens as they danced, captivating the crowd, as well as Night Night Burn! which featured flamenco and samba-inspired choreography.

     

    As the gig sped towards its climactic conclusion, BABYMETAL performed the epic track THE ONE, which as the name of the song suggests had the band and the fans come together as one. A lore-packed video was shown during the performance which featured the Avengersーthe dancers who tour with BABYMETALーcoupled with the Kami Band and their thrilling sound. This saw the excitement in the room went from a kindled flame to an outright blaze, and subsequently a fiery eruption when they played Road of Resistance.

    Photo by Takimoto “JON…” Yukihide

    For night two, on January 26, the theme was “Power of Darkness,” which saw BABYMETAL perform 12 songs form the second disc of METAL GALAXY. Day one was supported by the “Eastern Kami Band,” but for the second day, fans were greeted by the heavy sound of the “Western Kami Band.” BABYMETAL and the Avengers came onto the stage across the flower-decorated floor, beginning the night with IN THE NAME OF.

    Photo by Takimoto “JON…” Yukihide

    During Distortion (feat. Alissa White-Gluz), the LED screen was dyed a bright-red yellow, and SU-METAL, saying nothing, gazed out into the crowd with a fierce gaze. It was an immersive experience like being in a movie.

     

    PA PA YA!! (feat. F.HERO) followed, which incorporated the use of a moving stage, sending the band towards the audience as fans swung their towels overhead. The Kami Band slowed things down with the flowing, chill groove of Kagerou, after which BABYMETAL performed BxMxC live for the first time which featured rapping parts, combining to create a metal-rap amalgamation.

     

    After playing Syncopation and Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!, BABYMETAL sent the crowd into quiet captivation with Starlight and some enchanting stage lights, as well as the beautiful ShineArkadia marked the move towards the final act of the show, just as the song serves as the final track of METAL GALAXY.

    Photo by Takimoto “JON…” Yukihide

    Some time was set aside to show the same story video as in day one featuring the three Avengers and the two Kami Bands. It was then that the intro to Ijime, Dame, Zettai rang in, and the crowd split into wall of death formation. Moa-metal and the Adventures performed their iconic dash, and then all five of them, with Su-metal included, took to the centre stage to jump together with the fans. Thus concluded the two light and dark-themed concerts performed over the course of two days, and the fans’ journey into the Metal Galaxy.

    Photo by Taku Fujii

    2020 marks the 10th anniversary since the band formed. Be sure to catch them on the road in a city near you as the European leg of the METAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR begins in early February. Check the dates below.

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