BABYMETAL featured on "Food Culture Animals Music" Digital Magazine January 2017

BABYMETAL was featured on Food Culture Animas Music Digital Magazine January 2017, the feature includes a summary of their biography from their beginnings in Sakura Gakuin to the latest performances at Yokohama Arena, Tokyo Dome and many more activities. Content below.


Summary of BABYMETAL's biography on Food Culture Animals Music Digital Magazine

Food Culture Animals Music Digital Magazine January 2017 features a summary of BABYMETAL's biography. The article included in the last 4 pages of the issue has detailed information about the beginnings and most important activities, releases and performance of the group until the end of 2016. Summary of the full content, find the complete feature in the Album below:


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BABYMETAL is a Japanese metal idol band. Their line-up consists of Suzuka Nakamoto as "Su-metal" aged 18, Yui Mizuno as "Yuimetal" aged 17, and Moa Kikuchi as "Moametal" aged 17. The concept of the group is a fusion of the heavy metal and Japanese idol genres. 


The three teenage girls and their band are managed by the Amuse talent agency. Their vocals are backed by heavy metal instrumentation played by the Kami BandBABYMETAL released their eponymous debut album in February 2014. Their second album Metal Resistance was released worldwide on April 1, 2016. 


2010-2012: Beginnings 

The group was initially formed in 2010 as a subunit of the female idol group Sakura Gakuin, aiming to realize a "fusion of metal and idol". None of the three members knew what metal music was before the inception of the band. 

BABYMETAL's first live appearance was on 28 November 2010, at Sakura Gakuin's first solo concert. Their first song, "Doki Doki Morning", was originally released in April 2011. The band shot a music video for the song and in October 2011 released it as a DVD single. Having been uploaded to YouTube that same month, by the end of 2012 the video totaled over 1 million views. In July 2011, BABYMETAL premiered the song, "Ijime, Dame, Zettai" ("No More Bullying"), at a Sakura Gakuin concert, but it would only be performed during live concerts at the time. The first music video, "Doki Doki Morning" was released on YouTube at 12 October 2011. 


BABYMETAL's first CD single was a collaboration with the band Kiba of Akiba, titled "BABYMETAL x Kiba of Akiba". Released on a sublabel of Toy's Factory in March 2012, it ranked 3rd on the Oricon weekly indie chart and number one in the Tower Records Shibuya weekly indie ranking. In July 2012, BABYMETAL released a single titled "Headbanger", August 2012, BABYMETAL debuted at Japan's Summer Sonic Festival. With the average age of 12, the band became the youngest act ever to perform there. 2012 also marks BABYMETAL first Asian tour outside of Japan for the very first time at AFA 2012 Singapore


2013-2015: Major label debut In January 2013, the band debuted on a major record label with "Ijime, Dame, Zettai". It sold 19,000 copies in its first week and debuted at num-ber 6 in the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart. In the spring of 2013, Nakamoto graduated from junior high school and therefore had to "graduate" from Sakura Gakuin (a group of elementary and junior high school girls). However, their management decided that BABYMETAL would not dissolve and would continue its activities as a band. The group released its next single, "Megitsune", on June 19.



2016—present: Touring During the band's 2-day concerts in Yokohama in December 2015, it was announced that they would be releasing a second studio album on April 1, 2016, as well as a new world tour starting in London at the Wembley Arena. On January 15, 2016, the second album's title was revealed to be Metal Resistance. On April 2, one day after the release of Metal Resistance, BABYMETAL became the first Japanese act to headline Wembley Arena, with the largest sale of merchandise for a single day event in the venue's his-tory, coinciding with the highest ever entry for an album in the UK charts for a Japanese act. The Guardian gave their Wembley performance a rating of five out of five stars. 


BABYMETAL were added as a character skin in the Wii U video game Super Mario Maker in 2016. 

On July 27, Metal Hammer readers voted BABYMETAL's debut album as the best album of the 21st century. In December 2016, BABYMETAL will appear in UK's perfor-mance in Red Hot Chili Peppers' The Getaway World Tour opening act. 

In September 2016, Warner Bros. announce they are un-der development a hybrid live action-animation fanta-sy-adventure short form series featuring the members of the band. The series would be develop by Blue Ribbon Content in collaboration with Amuse USA, the creator and producer of the band Key Kobayashi is also involved as producer. 


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Article by: Food Culture Animals Music Magazine