—ACCLAIMED ALL-GIRL-FRONTED JAPANESE HEAVY METAL/TEEN-POP HYBRID GROUP—
DEBUT AT #1 ON BILLBOARD’S ‘WORLD ALBUMS’ CHART AND
ITUNES’ ‘TOP HEAVY METAL ALBUMS’ CHART,
#2 ON BILLBOARD’S ‘HARD ROCK ALBUMS’ CHART
#17 ON ‘TOP ALBUM SALES’ CHART
#39 ON BILLBOARD 200
WITH NEW ALBUM ‘METAL RESISTANCE’ RELEASED APRIL 1 ON RAL/SONY MUSIC ENT.
TOUR DATES IN NEW YORK, CHICAGO, SEATTLE, SAN FRANCISCO AND LOS ANGELES ALREADY SOLD OUT
(L-R): YUIMETAL, SU-METAL and MOAMETAL/Credit: Amuse, Inc.
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“I’m not sure what I’m about to see, but I’m pretty excited about it.”
–Stephen Colbert, April 5, 2016
METAL RESISTANCE, the much anticipated new album released April 1 on RED Associated Labels/Sony Music Ent. from BABYMETAL, has made an impressive debut atop Billboard’s “World Albums” chart and iTunes’ “Top Heavy Metal Albums” chart, while simultaneously entering at #2 on Billboard’s “Hard Rock Albums” chart, #17 on Billboard’s “Top Album Sales” chart and #39 on the overall Billboard 200.
In addition, the breakout all-girl-fronted Japanese heavy metal/teen-pop hybrid group featuring 18-year-old SU-METAL and 16-year-olds YUIMETAL and MOAMETAL, backed by a four-piece band, have already sold out half of their U.S. dates on their “Babymetal World Tour 2016.” Sold out tour dates include: New York (5/4), Chicago (5/13), Seattle (7/12), San Francisco (7/14) and Los Angeles (7/15). Click here for a complete list of tour dates and tickets.
BABYMETAL took the world by storm when they made their U.S. late-night TV debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last week (4/5), performing “Gimme Chocolate” off their debut album. Click here to watch the performance which has already garnered close to 2.5 million views and caught the attention of Vanity Fair, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly and Esquire, among others.
BABYMETAL’s 12-track second full-length album, featuring tracks “Road of Resistance,” “KARATE” and “The One,” is available as a standalone CD, vinyl and limited edition bundle package at their webstore. Following the release of the official video for the new album’s lead single “KARATE,” which has already garnered over 5.5 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).
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.
Above: Cover art for METAL RESISTANCE
Track listing for METAL RESISTANCE:
1. Road of Resistance
3. Awadama Fever
6. Meta Taro
7. From Dusk Till Dawn*
9. Sis. Anger
10. No Rain, No Rainbow
11. Tales of The Destinies
12. THE ONE – English ver.*
*available everywhere except for Japan
U.S. tour dates on “BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR 2016”:
Wednesday, May 4 – Playstation Theater – New York, NY (Sold out)
Thursday, May 5 – House Of Blues – Boston, MA (Sold out)
Saturday, May 7 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA (Sold out)
Sunday, May 8 – Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion (Festival) – Concord, NC
Tuesday, May 10 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD (Sold out)
Wednesday, May 11 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
Friday, May 13 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL (Sold out)
Saturday, May 14 – Northern Invasion (Festival) – Somerset, WI
Tuesday, July 12 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA (Sold out)
Thursday, July 14 – Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA (Sold out)
Friday, July 15 – Wiltern Theater – Los Angeles, CA (Sold out)
Sunday, July 17 – Chicago Open Air (Festival) – Bridgeview, IL (Sold out)
Note: All dates are now on sale, details available at http://en.babymetal.jp/schedule/
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