BABYMETAL to Release Live Vinyl Series on Streaming Platforms

27.August.2021 | MUSIC

To celebrate the groups 10th anniversary, BABYMETAL is releasing the 10 BABYMETAL LEGENDS LIVE VINYL SERIES on streaming services, with some of the 9 general release titles being made available for the first time. 

 

METAL RESISTANCE Chapters 1 to 2 will be available on August 25, Chapters 3 to 7 on September 8, and Chapters 8 to 9 on September 22. These dates will coincide with the release of the vinyl series.

 

Although some tracks will not be available due to rights reasons, many of the most famous live BABYMETAL performances from the past decade will now be easily accessible. This includes their Tokyo Dome performance, the largest in the history of the group, as well as BABYMETAL’s solo concerts in the UK and North America.  

 

Spotify’s official BABYMETAL account is now featuring an original Canvas that will play while listening to the new tracks. 

 

BABYMETAL announced that they will ‘seal their LEGEND’ on October 10, and won’t be visible for a while. While it’s unclear what this might mean for the future of the group, this is the perfect time to reminisce on how much they have accomplished over the past decade. 

 

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    Ahead of the global release of the band’s concept album THE OTHER ONE on March 24, 2023, BABYMETAL has released the songLight and Darkness. This is the fourth track released since October 2023, and the music video has also been uploaded to the official Youtube channel.

     

    Light and Darkness – BABYMETAL

     

    The music video contains footage from the BABYMETAL RETURNS -THE OTHER ONE- live performances held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba on January 28 and 29. This marked the return of the group after a hiatus almost lasting two years.

     

    To coincide with BABYMETAL’s 10th anniversary last year, the group announced that it would “seal” itself off from the world until further notice. In April 2022, THE OTHER ONE was announced to relaunch the group in the METALVERSE, a piece of the virtual metaverse. The upcoming concept album will be inspired by the idea of a BABYMETAL that fans don’t know, and a total of 10 songs have been discovered within THE OTHER ONE restoration project, with each song representing a specific theme based on 10 separate parallel worlds that the members have discovered. This new song is based on the theme of the restored parallel world of Light and Darkness.

     

    Because there is light, there is darkness, and because there is darkness, there is a world that can shine. In the night when light and darkness intersect, what we seek after being poisoned and falling into the depths is a world filled with powerful love. Is it hope or despair that awaits beyond the door?

     

    BABYMETAL’s next concert, BABYMETAL BEGINS – THE OTHER ONE, will be held at Pia Arena MM on April 1 (BLACK NIGHT) and April 2 (CLEAR NIGHT). Check out the latest music video and keep an eye on BABYMETAL as they start anew!

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    A new idol group is coming in March 2023 from KAWAII LAB. , to promote Japan’s growing idol culture to the world.

     

    So far, four members have been announced ahead of the group’s debut concert. The group name and details of their debut concert have just been revealed!

     

    Following IDOLATER and FRUITS ZIPPER, the third idol group born from KAWAII LAB. has been announced as CANDY TUNE. The name is meant to evoke the image of both kindhearted girls and catchy melodies and harmonies.KAWAII LAB. will continue to focus on its concept of promoting Harajuku culture to the world.

     

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    CANDY TUNE’s debut concert titled KAWAII LAB. SESSION ~CANDY TUNE~ will be held on March 14 at Spotify O-EAST! IDOLATER and FRUITS ZIPPER, both created by KAWAII LAB., will also perform, with the members of CANDY TUNE performing on the same stage as their seniors for the first time.

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    To coincide with BABYMETAL’s 10th anniversary last year, the group announced that it would “seal” itself off from the world until further notice in October 2021. On January 28 and 29, 2023, the band held BABYMETAL RETURNS -THE OTHER ONE-, a two-day performance at Makuhari Messe. After a year of silence, the girls are finally back ahead of the simultaneous worldwide release of their concept album THE OTHER ONE on March 24, 2023. The two successful shows welcomed fans into the new world of BABYMETAL, attracting over 30,000 people.

    On January 27, the Japanese government revised the country’s guidelines for dealing with COVID-19, abolishing the restrictions on maximum attendees allowed in concert halls. The first performance on January 28 felt even more celebratory as a result, with masked fans able to participate as if they had returned to a time before the Coronavirus. The audience cheered and the girls performed their hearts out, reviving BABYMETAL in a whole new way. BABYMETAL held the ‘LEGEND – METAL GALAXY’ concert at Makuhari Messe in January 2020–the last show prior to the world-changing pandemic.

    BABYMETAL performed a total of 13 songs on January 28 and January 29, including five new songs from the upcoming concept albumTHE OTHER ONE. As the audience watched on, the venue was filled with quiet tension as the band returned to the stage for the first time in a year and a half. Fans were given Savior Masks to wear–the dress code for the BABYMETAL unsealing ceremony. At the start of the show, a story video began playing to announce the ten parallel worlds that are represented in the upcoming concept album. Ten apostles appeared on the runway stage, walking from one side to the other in veils and holding wands. A massive stone fox gate appeared, where the members of BABYMETAL were said to be frozen in eternal sleep. Arriving at the gate, the apostles raised their wands and the gate opened in a flash of light and smoke, revealing SU-METAL and MOAMETAL. The two took to the throne and the ceremony began!

     

    The audience’s excitement rose to a fever pitch as SU-METAL rose from the throne to perform METAL KINGDOM. The audience began to get even more excited by the dynamic dancing and powerful singing of the Avengers, who joined in on the next song Divine Attack. Following, BABYMETAL’s more popular tracks began playing in rapid succession including Distortion (feat. Alissa White-Gluz), PA PA YA!! (feat. F.HERO), Gimme Chocolate!!, and Megitsune.

     

    In the video shown before the song Doki Doki Morning, it was announced that the door to the new world, the METALVERSE, was ready to open, revealing new lifeforms and plenty of new experiences. While the first half of the song was the same as always, the second half featured a new arrangement. Suddenly, a mysterious trio appeared on another stage. It was as if a parallel world was appearing before the audience’s eyes, with both groups dancing and singing in unison.

     

    The second half of the live performance featured the new song Light and Darkness, telling the story of a world where light and darkness intersect. The group also performed Monochrome, with the audience’s smartphones beautifully illuminating the venue and adding color to the monochrome world.

     

    As the concert began to come to a close, the audience responded by dancing along to an intense performance of Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!! The girls also performed their signature track Ijime, Dame, Zettai and Road of Resistance. BABYMETAL screamed “We are BABYMETAL,” causing the audience to respond in kind.

     

    For the finale of BABYMETAL’s revival, the group performed the new song THE LEGEND.  SU-METAL and MOAMETAL stood on two moving stages each representing the symbol of THE OTHER ONE (∞), soon starting to float in the air, moving slowly from the two ends of the stage to the center of the venue as if the two circles overlapped. The audience was soothed by SU-METAL’s singing voice, which gently enveloped the venue, and MOAMETAL and her choir in white.

     

    As the ending movie played, it was announced another seal would soon be opened, and that BABYMETAL would soon be standing on a new stage. SU-METAL and MOAMETAL appeared on stage again and began to climb the steps of an aerial staircase, reminiscent of the stairs to the living legend that appeared in the infinite universe. Two crystal coffins appeared and the girls got in, prepared to be sucked into the gate to the multiverse. Suddenly, an arrow of light was shot between the two coffins, and another crystal coffin appeared, with someone new appearing in front of the third coffin. As the three coffins came together and the gate to the new universe pulsed bright red, the performance came to an end with a flash of intense light.

     

    BABYMETAL was successfully resurrected, sharing their determination to start anew with the audience. The BABYMETAL RETURNS – THE OTHER ONE – performance opened a gate to unknown worlds filled with mysteries far beyond our imagination. What was the third coffin? What three lifeforms appeared on the opposite stage? During the ending movie, fans were excited to see that BABYMETAL BEGINS -THE OTHER ONE- would be held at Pia Arena MM on April 1 and April 2, 2023. A new METAL will be born on Fox Day on April 1, the same day that BABYMETAL will begin the journey to a new world.

     

    The quickest way to preorder tickets for BABYMETAL BEGINS – THE OTHER ONE – is to register for THE ONE 2023. Preorders will start on January 30 at 18:00. See the special website for more details!

     

    BABYMETAL BEGINS – THE OTHER ONE –  will also be broadcast exclusively on WOWOW on March 25, 2023.

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    On January 20, BABYMETAL released the song METAL KINGDOM on all major music download and streaming services worldwide.

     

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    Written as an anthem to usher in a new era, the song aims to remind people that they have the strength to inspire themselves and the ability to start down a new path. The track rises powerfully from BABYMETAL’s throne of silence heralding the beginning of a new start for the group.

     

    BABYMETAL has finally broken the seal, and on January 28 and 29, 2023, the duo will hold the BABYMETAL RETURNS -THE OTHER ONE 2-day concert at Makuhari Messe in Chiba. More information will be announced soon, so keep an eye on social media and BABYMETAL’s official website!

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    In the group’s first real-world performance since its rebirth, BABYMETAL will remind
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    On March 24, BABYMETAL will release the concept album THE OTHER ONE worldwide.

     

    After more than a year of silence, BABYMETAL is finally moving forward. Be sure to head to your local theater on February 23 to see the band in action once again!

  • Vickeblanka Releases Live Video of Black Clover Anime Theme Song ‘Black Catcher’

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    Singer Vickeblanka has released a live performance video of Black Catcher, the opening theme song for the anime series Black Clover. On January 25, 2023, the singer will release Vickeblanka presents RAINBOW ROAD -Ki- on Blu-ray and DVD.

     

    Black Catcher – Vickeblanka (from「RAINBOW ROAD -Ki-」LIVE DVD&Blu-ray on sale January 25, 2023)

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    Treasure, the theme song for the regular drama series, is also being used as the theme of this special.

     

    Vickeblanka presents RAINBOW ROAD -Ki- will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on January 25, 2023. This was the singer’s first arena concert, featuring a rare 19-track setlist including encores.

     

    The live show includes signature tracks like Masshiro, Ca Va?, and ULALA, as well as an encore performance of the song Changes. The concert release also includes a 2-CD set of live recordings from the performance. The asymmetrical stage featured a unique acoustic setup that is fully captured in this incredible set.

     

    In addition to the standard edition, a Limited First Edition will include a 52-page photobook with rare images from the rehearsal.

     

    Those who preorder through the French Link fan club will receive a special rubber band, and an A3-size calendar poster on a first-come, first-served basis. 55 people who preorder by midnight on January 6 will win an A3-size calendar poster autographed by Vickeblanka himself.

  • Report: FRUITS ZIPPER Holds First Concert in Taiwan for New Years Event, 70,000 in Attendance

    11.January.2023 | FEATURES / FES / MUSIC

    FRUITS ZIPPER will hold a solo concert at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA on February 12, 2023. The idol group’s representative track Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro has pulled in over 600 million plays on TikTok. 

     

    The group debuted in April 2022 with the concept ‘from Harajuku to the world.’ Within their first year, FRUITS ZIPPER has attracted fans from around the world, holding their first overseas event in Thailand in October.

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    After performing RADIO GALAXY, the members introduced themselves one by one in Chinese, much to the delight of the audience. 

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    In October 2021, BABYMETAL announced that it would “seal” itself off from the world until further notice. On January 28 and 29, 2023, BABYMETAL will hold the ‘BABYMETAL RETURNS -THE OTHER ONE’ 2-day concert at Makuhari Messe in Chiba and pre-sale tickets are now available for purchase! These won’t last, so grab yours while you can.

     

    BABYMETAL released the first of five monthly consecutive singles, Divine Attack -Shingeki-, in October, with Monochrome following in November. New songs are on the way in January, February, and March, so look forward to plenty of new content!

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    Popular metal band BABYMETAL has announced that five singles will be available to download and stream worldwide prior to the release of the new album THE OTHER ONE on March 24, 2023, with songs releasing in October, November, January, February, and March. A second teaser video for the new song Monochrome has been released, with the track available to stream worldwide on November 18.

     

    The official lyric video for the song will also be released on November 18. 

     

    In April 2022, THE OTHER ONE was announced as a way to relaunch the group in the METALVERSE, a piece of the virtual metaverse. Monochrome shows off a restored parallel world and asks a strange question–the fireworks shot into the sky were monochrome, but what color were they to the children? The song draws inspiration from Ragnarok from Norse mythology and shares a wish for the day when the starry sky will be filled with all the colors of the rainbow. 

    Last year, following the tenth year of the group’s activities, BABYMETAL announced that it would “seal” itself off from the world until further notice.  They are now ready to return to performing, and on January 28 and 29, 2023, the duo will hold the ‘BABYMETAL RETURNS -THE OTHER ONE’ 2-day concert at Makuhari Messe in Chiba. Starting in April 2023, the band will tour the UK and Europe with Sabaton, a power metal band from Sweden.

     

    More information and new content will be announced in the coming weeks, so be sure to check social media and the official BABYMETAL site.

  • BABYMETAL Releases ‘MONOCHROME’ from New Album ‘THE OTHER ONE’

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    BABYMETAL has announced that five singles will be available to download and stream worldwide prior to the release of the new album THE OTHER ONE on March 24, 2023, with songs releasing in October, November, January, February, and March. The first song, Divine Attack -Shingeki-, was released on October 21, instantly trending on social media. An official lyric video was released on the same day. Now, the second song is here! On November 18, fans will be able to download and stream  MONOCHROME. 

     

    Last year, following the tenth year of the group’s activities, BABYMETAL announced that it would “seal” itself off from the world until further notice.  In April 2022, THE OTHER ONE was announced as a way to relaunch the group in the METALVERSE, a piece of the virtual metaverse. The upcoming concept album will be inspired by the idea of a BABYMETAL that fans don’t know, and a total of 10 songs have been discovered within THE OTHER ONE restoration project, with each song representing a specific theme based on 10 separate parallel worlds that the members have discovered. MONOCHROME is based on a restored parallel world.

     

    The fireworks shot into the sky were monochrome, but what color were they to the children? The song draws inspiration from Ragnarok from Norse mythology and shares a wish for the day when the starry sky will be filled with all the colors of the rainbow. An inspirational jacket photo has also been released.

     

    On January 28 and 29, 2023, the duo will hold the ‘BABYMETAL RETURNS -THE OTHER ONE’ 2-day concert at Makuhari Messe in Chiba. Starting in April 2023, the band will tour the UK and Europe with Sabaton, a power metal band from Sweden.

     

    More information and new content will be announced in the coming weeks, so be sure to check social media and the official BABYMETAL site.

  • BABYMETAL Releases First Digital Track from 2023 Album ‘THE OTHER ONE’

    26.October.2022 | MUSIC

    Ahead of the release of the new album THE OTHER ONE on March 24, 2023, BABYMETAL has announced that it will release five digital singles worldwide in October, November, January, February, and March. The first single, Divine Attack -Shingeki-, is now available to stream. 

    Last year, following the tenth year of the group’s activities, BABYMETAL announced that it would “seal” itself off from the world until further notice. In April 2022, THE OTHER ONE was announced as a way to relaunch the group in the METALVERSE, a piece of the virtual metaverse. 

     

    The upcoming concept album will be inspired by the idea of a BABYMETAL that fans don’t know, and a total of 10 songs have been discovered within THE OTHER ONE restoration project, with each song representing a specific theme based on 10 separate parallel worlds that the members have discovered. Divine Attack -Shingeki- is based on the parallel world of ‘CAVALRY,’ and follows the members of BABYMETAL down a road less traveled. Listening to the song conjures an image of a cavalry troop running into battle and into the future, and SU-METAL wrote the lyrics for the song–a first for the group.

     

    BABYMETAL has finally broken the seal, and on January 28 and 29, 2023, the duo will hold the ‘BABYMETAL RETURNS -THE OTHER ONE’ 2-day concert at Makuhari Messe in Chiba. Starting in April 2023, the group will tour the UK and EU and the Swedish band Sabaton. More information will be announced in the near future, so keep an eye on social media and BABYMETAL’s official website!

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    21.October.2022 | MUSIC

    Joakim Brodén, the vocalist for Sabaton, served as a guest performer on the song Oh! MAJINAI (feat. Joakim Brodén) found on Babymetal’s third album METAL GALAXY released on October 11, 2019. This will be the first time that the two groups have performed live together since the BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR 2018 in JAPAN EXTRA SHOW – DARK NIGHT CARNIVAL in October 2018 at Saitama Super Arena.

     

    BABYMETAL will release its first concept album, THE OTHER ONE, on March 24, 2023. Ahead of release, five singles will be available to download and stream worldwide, with one releasing in October, November, January, February, and March. Be sure to watch out for Babymetal as they rock the world once again!

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