Archive for the ‘Babymetal’ Category

Congratulations to Babymetal for reaching 100,000,000 views of “Gimme Chocolate!!” on YouTube today. The video was uploaded five years ago and when I discovered Babymetal a couple of years ago it was at 68,000,000 plus, so it is still moving along nicely. So is “Karate” that was uploaded roughly three years ago with 48,000,000 hits. I have said this before, “Gimme Chocolate!!” is one of the most effective videos (both visually and musically) that has ever been made. It is very very catchy, and once exposed to Babymetal you might just feel quite at home in the Fox Hole. As for news of the next album etc, it seems likely that we will get that on Fox Day (April 1).

Watch the video here.

(Image is from the video)

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Five years ago

Posted: March 1, 2019 in Babymetal, Classic Rock, General

The now legendary Babymetal shows at the Budokan on April 1 & 2 2014 should be remembered today. We do have the “Live At Budokan” DVD to go back to and watching it is always a positive experience. Total professionalism from everybody on that stage. Awesome shows on every level in spite of the girls being 14 (Yuimetal and Moametal) and 16 (Su-metal).

I have blogged about this before, the DVD had a tremendous impact on me as I started to dive into the whole phenomenon a couple of years ago. Babymetal was exciting and fresh, tapping into new territory, creating something very unique. We will never see anything like it again. The history of Babymetal is truly magnificent. All magic, all fun. And entertaining as hell.

Watch the classic trailer for the DVD release here.

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.

Watch very early promotional clip from the build-up period (2012) here.

Kawaii Overload

Posted: February 13, 2019 in Babymetal, Cool stuff, General, Music (general)

It was thanks to Babymetal that I discovered J-Pop and as I dived into that musical genre a couple of years ago Sakura Gakuin was part of the positive vibe that just flooded out of the computer. This was the outfit that gave birth to Babymetal and the early stuff that you can buy on CDs and DVDs on import from Japan (which I have) is pretty interesting. Sakura Gakuin is still going over there, producing new talent for the entertainment industry. If you want to feel the positive vibe, check out the video for “Song For Smiling” (originally released on the “My Generation” album in 2013). The girls from Babymetal are all there, and they did good business as Babymetal even as this school thing was still going on. This was not long before Su-metal graduated from Sakura Gakuin.

Check out a nice reaction of the video by V Reacts here.

(And yes, that is Yuimetal radiating happiness on this shot!)

Life!

Posted: February 1, 2019 in Babymetal, Classic Rock, General

Babymetal has announced the first dates for 2019, both on home turf (Summer Sonic Festival). They will co-headline two big shows with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Osaka on August 16 and Tokyo on August 17. This is the third time they work with the Chili Peppers, and we know that openers Bring Me The Horizon is a band that they like. Tickets are selling out fast.

Expect more dates soon, and hopefully word on another album.

Rock journalist Paul Travers posted an interesting piece on Babymetal at the Kerrang! site today titled “The 10 Moments That Made Babymetal Global Superstars”. The Babymetal community is on the ball so stats will go through the roof. Nice.

Read the article (and watch some great videos) here.

(Picture is from the “Headbanger!!!” video, which is on the list)

Managed to secure a copy of the rare Wembley 2016 box by Babymetal, issued to the members of the Fan Club called The One that year. These boxes are awesome in every way, you do get value for money. And they will only get ever more expensive on the second hand market (like eBay).

What you get is the April 2 2016 concert at the Wembley SSE Arena in London on two CDs and the Blu-ray from said concert. Now the CD is out in Europe, but the Blu-ray/DVD is not (although I do own it). What really makes this box super exclusive is the amazing photo book with fantastic shots from this gig (most of them by Dana “Distortion” Yavin).

Needless to say, this is pure gold. It was a spectacular show and Dana captured the very essence of what they are on this night. The magic of classic Babymetal in full flight. I hope Dana publish a Babymetal photo book of her own some day. She was there as early as 2014 when Babymetal performed at the Budokan in Tokyo, and later on Stateside and elsewhere (Paris etc etc).

Absolutely superb.

(Thank you Kalle for helping me secure this gem)