Five years ago

Posted: February 24, 2019 in Babymetal, Classic Rock, Cool stuff, General

The first (self titled) Babymetal album was released in Japan on February 26 2014. Recorded over a period of over three years, it can almost be viewed as a compilation album of sorts, as this record consists of several songs that had seen previous release as (or on) singles in Japan. In fact, of the 13 tracks that you will find on this (classic) album, six has videos. At the time of release, Babymetal had two nights at Budokan lined up, which was a staggering statement in itself and the result of years of hard work. On February 25 2014, they added the sixth and final video (“Gimme Chocolate!!”) from this album on YouTube and it quickly became a viral success that soon catapulted them to international fame. It is currently closing in on 100,000,000 views and is likely to cross that magical mark within a few weeks. The album stormed the charts in Japan and sold over 37,000 copies in the first week alone. In December 2014 it was certified Gold in Japan for over 100,000 (physical) copies sold. Western media quickly went bonkers for Babymetal and they certainly made huge inroads on pretty much every market in the world in 2014. In July that year, the readers of UK publication Metal Hammer voted the debut Best Album Of The 21st Century. Official release followed in May-June 2015 in Europe (earMusic) and the US (Sony). Five years on, it sounds just as fresh as when it landed on, and pretty much assaulted (in a good way!) an unsuspecting rock community. Many sane people of all ages absolutely love Babymetal though, and I think it is fair to say that a legend was born with this album.

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