History Music / BabyMetal

10th Oct '17 5:12:06 PM Soufriere
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Originally a sub-unit of the idol group Music/SakuraGakuin, [=BabyMetal=] (also stylized as BABYMETAL) was formed by the members of the Heavy Music Club of Sakura Gakuin, under the concept of a fusion of "heavy metal and idol music". [=BabyMetal=] released their first single "BABYMETAL × Kiba of Akiba" in March 2012, reaching the 3rd place in the Oricon indie charts and number one in the Tower Records Shibuya weekly indie ranking. However, it wasn't until they released their second single, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IzR_ClTE8Y "Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!"]], that they became popular outside of Japan. The video went viral quickly and the sub-unit managed to become a stand-alone group. In 2014 they did a 2-day Budokan concert[[note]]10000 spectators each day[[/note]] and released their eponymous first album. The video for ''Gimme Chocolate!!'' was released just before the Budokan concert and promptly went viral, to the extent that non-Japanese [[UsefulNotes/MainstreamMedia mainstream media]] picked it up.

At the Budokan concert it was announced that the first chapter of the Metal Resistance was over, and BABYMETAL would continue their training overseas. Dates in Paris, Cologne, Knebworth[[note]][=SoniSphere=] 2015[[/note]], London and Los Angeles followed, along with opening slots for Music/LadyGaga. These went well enough that further dates in New York and London[[note]]this time in the Brixton Academy[[/note]] were hurriedly arranged. During the Brixton show a new song ''Road of Resistance'' was performed[[note]]this was the first time a new song had been unveiled outside Japan[[/note]].

Following a January performance at the Saitama Super Arena, 2015 was quiet as Yui and Moa concentrated on their final months in Sakura Gakuin. After their graduation dates both in Japan and abroad followed culminating in two nights at the Yokohama Arena. It was also announced that their second album would be released on 1 April 2016, with a performance at the SSE Arena Wembley the following day. This album, ''Metal Resistance'', was launched with a significant amount of international coverage, including an appearance on the Series/TheLateShowWithStephenColbert. The 2016 world tour was capped with two sold-out nights at the 55000 capacity Tokyo Dome.

Compare and contrast to Music/KyaryPamyuPamyu for a similar Internet phenomenon. Has an entry on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babymetal other wiki]].

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Originally a sub-unit of the idol group Music/SakuraGakuin, [=BabyMetal=] (also stylized as BABYMETAL) was formed by the members of the Heavy Music Club (Juonbu) of Sakura Gakuin, Gakuin under the concept of a fusion of "heavy heavy metal and idol music". music, now known as "kawaii metal". They are known for their energetic live shows, which feature intricate yet fun choreography mixed with soaring vocals from lead singer Su-Metal, backed up by a quartet of some of Japan's top metal musicians. Officially, they claim belief in "The Fox God" who brought them to metal and uses them as conduits to spread its message of "love and joy through metal" across the world. Instead of the standard "devil horns", they use a modified "kitsune" sign (seen in the photo at rigt).

In reality, Kei Kobayashi (known as [=KobaMetal=]), a producer at Amuse Inc. and a longtime metalhead with connections in Tokyo's underground metal scene, discovered Suzuka during her time as one of the Karen Girl's. Realizing her potential, he decided to form a group around her once she joined Sakura Gakuin, figuring her unusually powerful voice would be a good fit for metal. Yui and Moa were chosen as backup due to their unique chemistry the same reason they were often featured together during Sakura Gakuin.

The very first
[=BabyMetal=] song, [[https://youtu.be/cirhQ8iLdbw "Doki Doki☆Morning",]] was recorded in October 2010, first performed in public a month later, and appeared as a track on Sakura Gakuin's ''2010 Nendo: Message'' CD. The music video for the song was released their first online and as a DVD single in October 2011 and quickly caught the attention of the idol fanbase. During this time, they recorded and premiered their second song, "Ijime, Dame, Zettai". Their first CD single, "BABYMETAL × Kiba of Akiba" Akiba", came out in March 2012, reaching the 2012 and reached 3rd place in on the Oricon indie charts and number one in the Tower Records Shibuya weekly indie ranking. However, it wasn't until That July, they released their second single, single [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IzR_ClTE8Y "Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!"]], that they became popular outside of Japan. The video went viral quickly "Headbanger",]][[labelnote:*]] (also stylized as "Headbangya!" or "Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!!!")[[/labelnote]] and the sub-unit managed next month made their first appearance at Japan's [=SummerSonic=] music festival at the time, the youngest group to become a stand-alone group. ever perform there. They have performed at the festival every year since.

In 2014 March 2013, Suzuka graduated from junior high school, and by extension from Sakura Gakuin. At this point, Babymetal was spun off as an independent group (although Yui and Moa continued to perform with Sakura Gakuin until their own graduations in March 2015). During this period, they did a 2-day Budokan concert[[note]]10000 spectators each day[[/note]] and released "Ijime, Dame, Zettai" as a single and premiered their eponymous first album. The video for ''Gimme Chocolate!!'' was released just before post-Juonbu song, "Megitsune". Near the Budokan concert and promptly went viral, to the extent that non-Japanese [[UsefulNotes/MainstreamMedia mainstream media]] picked it up.

At the Budokan concert
end of 2013, it was announced that the girls would be performing in future shows with a live band[[note]] (the people dressed as skeletons, known as BABYBONES, mimed to a backing track)[[/note]] known as the Kami Band, a group of top-tier musicians who have built up a fanbase in their own right.

On February 25th 2014, Babymetal uploaded the music video [[https://youtu.be/WIKqgE4BwAY Gimme Chocolate!!]] (using footage from the "Su's 16th Birthday" concert at Makuhari Messe). The video went viral, catching the attention of J-pop and metal fans outside Asia, to the point that non-Japanese UsefulNotes/MainstreamMedia picked it up. The next day, they released their
first studio album, self-titled. Three days after that, they performed two sold-out shows at the legendary Budokan Arena[[labelnote:*]] (capacity ~10,000 each day)[[/labelnote]] the youngest group ever to perform there. At the end of the second day, it was announced that "the latest chapter of the Metal Resistance was over, [was] over" and BABYMETAL the band would continue their training work overseas. Dates Concert dates in Paris, Cologne, Knebworth[[note]][=SoniSphere=] 2015[[/note]], London London, and Los Angeles followed, along with opening slots a few openings for Music/LadyGaga. These The highlight of this tour, though, was their appearance at [=SoniSphere=] 2014 again the youngest act to perform there where they got shifted to the Main Stage at the last minute and performed in front of nearly 50,000 skeptical British metalheads. The result, [[https://youtu.be/Ro-_cbfdrYE well...]] The tour went well enough that further dates shows in New York and London[[note]]this time in the Brixton Academy[[/note]] were hurriedly quickly arranged. During the Brixton show At Brixton, they premiered a new song ''Road of Resistance'' was performed[[note]]this was song, "Road Of Resistance", the first time they debuted a new song had been unveiled outside Japan[[/note]].

Following a
Japan. The 2014 tour concluded in January performance 2015 at the Saitama Super Arena, Arena[[labelnote:*]] (capacity 20,000 and coincidentally the place where Karen Girl's had their final performance in 2009; Babymetal have played the venue at least twice since)[[/labelnote]]

2015 was relatively quiet early on as Yui and Moa concentrated on their final months in Sakura Gakuin. After prepared for their graduation dates both in Japan and abroad followed culminating in from Sakura Gakuin. Afterwards, the group embarked on another world tour, during which they (at the invitation of British metal group Music/DragonForce, with whom they had collaborated on "Road Of Resistance") played "Gimme Chocolate!" at Download Festival 2015 despite its promoter saying publicly he would never invite them. The tour ended with two nights sold-out shows at the Yokohama Arena. It was also announced that Arena[[labelnote:*]] (capacity 17,000)[[/labelnote]], the debut of a new song, "THE ONE", and the announcement of a second studio album.

On March 17th 2016, the music video for "Karate" debuted as the first part of a massive international promotion for
their second album would be released on 1 April 2016, with a performance at the SSE Arena Wembley the following day. This studio album, ''Metal Resistance'', which was launched with a significant amount of international coverage, including an appearance released worldwide on April 1st hitting #1 on the Series/TheLateShowWithStephenColbert. US Billboard World Chart and becoming the first Japanese act in 53 years to chart on Billboard's Top 40. The 2016 world tour was capped next day they performed at Wembley Arena[[labelnote:*]] (capacity 12,500)[[/labelnote]], and three days after that performed "Gimme Chocolate!" on ''Series/TheLateShowWithStephenColbert'' before continuing their tour, which ended with two sold-out nights at the 55000 55,000 capacity Tokyo Dome.

Dome. Towards the end of the year, they opened for the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers during their UK tour.

2017 marked a shift as the group spent the first half of the year as the opening act for various larger bands, including Music/{{Metallica}} in Seoul the first time they visited Korea, Music/GunsNRoses in Japan, and RHCP ''again'' along with Music/{{Korn}} in the USA. In between opening gigs, they played one headline concert (sold out, of course) at the Hollywood Palladium[[labelnote:*]] (capacity 4,000)[[/labelnote]]. In the summer, they returned to Japan and held a series of "Fox Festival" shows in Tokyo, Nagoya, Saitama, and Osaka. They gave no interviews at all during the year[[note]] (and only one public address, in English, to promote their appearance on [=SummerSonic's=] Main Stage)[[/note]] a stark contrast to 2015 and 2016 which made it feel like the group had gone dark despite their extensive touring. As of this edit, a special show is planned to be held on December 20th in Hiroshima to celebrate Suzuka's 20th birthday the day she becomes a legal adult in Japan (far from the first time she's had a birthday concert, but it ''is'' the first time Babymetal will perform in her hometown).

As to what the future holds for Babymetal? Well, [[CatchPhrase Only The Fox-God Knows!]]

Compare and contrast to Music/KyaryPamyuPamyu for a similar Internet phenomenon. Has an entry on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babymetal other wiki]].
an entry]] on TheOtherWiki.



** Suzuka for singing. The creator of the group had been looking for some years for someone to train up as a metal idol. Then he saw Suzuka performing in Karen Girl's (age 11) and the rest is history.

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** Suzuka for singing. The creator of the group Key Kobayashi had been looking for some years for someone to train up as a metal idol. Then he saw Suzuka performing in Karen Girl's (age 11) (aged 10/11) and the rest is history.
5th Oct '17 4:30:15 AM petewarrior
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* IAmSong: "Babymetal Death" is an extreme example, since pretty much the only lyrics are the group introducing themselves.

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* IAmSong: "Babymetal Death" is an extreme example, since pretty much the only lyrics are the group introducing themselves. The word ''death'' is a [[FunWithHomophones homophone]] of the Japanese ''desu'' which in this context means "I am".
22nd Sep '17 6:42:30 PM otemple700
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->''"Leave it to the Japanese to find a way to make, like, fuckin' death metal cute.'"''
-->-- '''RobZombie'''
9th Sep '17 6:20:13 AM metaceejay97
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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: ''Iine!'' faces the same problem as ''[[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Ievan Polkka]]''. Three guesses on what that problem is and the first two don't count.

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: ''Iine!'' faces the same problem as ''[[Music/{{Vocaloid}} ''[[Music/{{Loituma}} Ievan Polkka]]''. Three guesses on what that problem is and the first two don't count.
25th Aug '17 8:38:20 AM quietThunderstorm
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Originally a sub-unit of the idol group Music/SakuraGakuin, [=BabyMetal=] (also stylized as BABYMETAL) was formed by the members of the Heavy Music Club of Sakura Gakuin, under the concept of a fusion of "heavy metal and idol music". [=BabyMetal=] released their first single "BABYMETAL × Kiba of Akiba" in March 2012, reaching the 3rd place in the Oricon indie charts and number one in the Tower Records Shibuya weekly indie ranking. However, it wasn't until they released their second single, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IzR_ClTE8Y "Headbanger!!"]], that they became popular outside of Japan. The video went viral quickly and the sub-unit managed to become a stand-alone group. In 2014 they did a 2-day Budokan concert[[note]]10000 spectators each day[[/note]] and released their eponymous first album. The video for ''Gimme Chocolate!!'' was released just before the Budokan concert and promptly went viral, to the extent that non-Japanese [[UsefulNotes/MainstreamMedia mainstream media]] picked it up.

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Originally a sub-unit of the idol group Music/SakuraGakuin, [=BabyMetal=] (also stylized as BABYMETAL) was formed by the members of the Heavy Music Club of Sakura Gakuin, under the concept of a fusion of "heavy metal and idol music". [=BabyMetal=] released their first single "BABYMETAL × Kiba of Akiba" in March 2012, reaching the 3rd place in the Oricon indie charts and number one in the Tower Records Shibuya weekly indie ranking. However, it wasn't until they released their second single, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IzR_ClTE8Y "Headbanger!!"]], "Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!"]], that they became popular outside of Japan. The video went viral quickly and the sub-unit managed to become a stand-alone group. In 2014 they did a 2-day Budokan concert[[note]]10000 spectators each day[[/note]] and released their eponymous first album. The video for ''Gimme Chocolate!!'' was released just before the Budokan concert and promptly went viral, to the extent that non-Japanese [[UsefulNotes/MainstreamMedia mainstream media]] picked it up.



* ''BABYMETAL x Kiba of Akiba'' (2012)
* ''Headbanger!!'' (2012)
* ''Ijime, Dame, Zettai'' (2013, the group's first major release)
* ''Megitsune'' (2013)

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* ''BABYMETAL x "Doki Doki Morning" (2011)
* "BABYMETAL ×
Kiba of Akiba'' Akiba" (2012)
* ''Headbanger!!'' "Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!" (2012)
* ''Ijime, "Ijime, Dame, Zettai'' Zettai" (2013, the group's first major release)
* ''Megitsune'' (2013) "Megitsune" (2013)
* "Road of Resistance" (2015)
* "Gimme Chocolate!!" (2016)
* "Karate" (2016)



** ''Doki Doki☆Morning'' appeared to have a very low budget (and most of that probably went on the music). The costumes used in the video were made up from a combination of the girl's clothes (and some from a staff member for Suzuka). The next video (as uploaded to Youtube) for ''Ii ne!'' shows them in the same costumes. The third video for ''Head Bangya!!'' sees them use the costumes that are recognizably related to their established look.
* [[ExcitedShowTitle Excited Song Title!]]: Their song ''Ii ne!''.
** Also ''Head Bangya!!'' (or ''Head Bangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!'')

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** ''Doki Doki☆Morning'' appeared to have a very low budget (and most of that probably went on the music). The costumes used in the video were made up from a combination of the girl's clothes (and some from a staff member for Suzuka). The next video (as uploaded to Youtube) for ''Ii ne!'' ''Iine!'' shows them in the same costumes. The third video for ''Head Bangya!!'' ''Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!'' sees them use the costumes that are recognizably related to their established look.
* [[ExcitedShowTitle Excited Song Title!]]: Their song ''Ii ne!''.
''Iine!''.
** Also ''Head Bangya!!'' (or ''Head Bangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!'')''Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!''



* FourIsDeath: The Black Babymetal song "4 no Uta" ("Song 4" or "Song of 4", a song that uses a lot of wordplay surrounding 4's readings in Japanese) seems to refute this with a line in the chorus stating that 4 is not synonymous with death.

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* FourIsDeath: The Black Babymetal song "4 no Uta" ("Song 4" or "Song of 4", a song that 4" (which uses a lot of wordplay surrounding 4's the readings of "4" in Japanese) seems to refute this with a line in the chorus stating that 4 is not synonymous with death.



* IconicOutfit: Their outfits from ''Headbanger!!'', featured in the picture to the right. Now used in most live concerts.

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* IconicOutfit: Their outfits deriving from ''Headbanger!!'', the video for ''Ijime, Dame, Zettai'', featured in the picture to the right. Now used in most live concerts.



* SilkHidingSteel: One of the themes in "Megitsune".



** "4 No Uta" also features a reggae section.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: ''Ii ne!'' faces the same problem as ''[[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Ievan Polkka]]''. Three guesses on what that problem is and the first two don't count.

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** "4 No Uta" "Song 4" also features a reggae section.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: ''Ii ne!'' ''Iine!'' faces the same problem as ''[[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Ievan Polkka]]''. Three guesses on what that problem is and the first two don't count.



* TitleScream[=/=]MetalScream: ''HEADBANGEEEEEEEEER!!!''

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* TitleScream[=/=]MetalScream: ''HEADBANGEEEEEEEEER!!!''''HEADBANGEEEEERRRRR!!!!!''
2nd Aug '17 3:49:56 PM ginger_metal
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Following a January performance at the Saitama Super Arena, 2015 was quiet as Yui and Moa concentrated on their final months in Sakura Gakuin. After their graduation dates both in Japan and abroad followed culminating in two nights at the Yokohama Arena. It was also announced that their second album would be released on 1 April 2016, with a performance at the SSE Arena Wembley the following day. This album, ''Metal Resistance'', was launched with a significant amount of international coverage, including an appearance on the Series/TheLateShowWithStephenColbert. Further dates for 2016 were announced, with the final performance of the world tour set for the 55000 capacity Tokyo Dome.

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Following a January performance at the Saitama Super Arena, 2015 was quiet as Yui and Moa concentrated on their final months in Sakura Gakuin. After their graduation dates both in Japan and abroad followed culminating in two nights at the Yokohama Arena. It was also announced that their second album would be released on 1 April 2016, with a performance at the SSE Arena Wembley the following day. This album, ''Metal Resistance'', was launched with a significant amount of international coverage, including an appearance on the Series/TheLateShowWithStephenColbert. Further dates for The 2016 were announced, with the final performance of the world tour set for was capped with two sold-out nights at the 55000 capacity Tokyo Dome.
13th Jul '17 9:44:39 PM otemple700
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[[caption-width-right:300:The members, from left to right: [=YuiMetal=] (scream and dance) [[note]]Real name: Yui Mizuno[[/note]], Su-Metal (vocal and dance) [[note]]Real name: Suzuka Nakamoto[[/note]] and [=MoaMetal=] (scream and dance) [[note]]Real name: Moa Kikuchi[[/note]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:The [[caption-width-right:300:Your little sister's J-Pop has never looked so ''brutal''. [[note]]The members, from left to right: [=YuiMetal=] [=YuiMetal=]/Yui Mizuno (scream and dance) [[note]]Real name: Yui Mizuno[[/note]], Su-Metal dance), Su-Metal/Suzuka Nakamoto (vocal and dance) [[note]]Real name: Suzuka Nakamoto[[/note]] and [=MoaMetal=] [=MoaMetal=]/Moa Kikuchi (scream and dance) [[note]]Real name: Moa Kikuchi[[/note]].]]
dance).[[/note]]]]
24th Jun '17 10:34:37 AM nombretomado
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* XMeetsY: Their performance with Music/JudasPriest has an image of the [[CoolBike Painkiller]] mixed with fox motifs to show it's been blessed by the Fox God.
19th Jun '17 11:21:18 AM otemple700
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* LighterAndSofter: Than most heavy metal bands. To wit, one of AmonAmarth's songs was about the fated clash to the death between Thor and the World Serpent (Twilight of the Thunder God), one of JudasPriest's songs was about the cercumstances that lead people into a life of crime (Breaking the Law). What was Babymetal's first song about? ''Chocolate''.

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* LighterAndSofter: Than most heavy metal bands. To wit, one of AmonAmarth's songs was about the fated clash to the death between Thor and the World Serpent (Twilight of the Thunder God), one of JudasPriest's songs was about the cercumstances circumstances that lead people into a life of crime (Breaking the Law). What was Babymetal's first song about? ''Chocolate''.
19th Jun '17 11:20:35 AM otemple700
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* LighterAndSofter: Than most heavy metal bands. To wit, one of AmonAmarth's songs was about the fated clash to the death between Thor and the World Serpent (Twilight of the Thunder God), one of JudasPriest's songs was about the cercumstances that lead people into a life of crime (Breaking the Law). What was Babymetal's first song about? ''Chocolate''.
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