Monday, 4 April 2016
Photo Credit: Taku Fujii
Metal dance phenomenon BABYMETAL’s new album ‘METAL RESISTANCE’ has crashed into the official UK album charts with a midweek position of #7 – the highest entry for any Japanese band ever in the UK.
The news comes less than 48 hours after BABYMETAL made history by becoming the first Japanese band to ever headline the prestigious SSE ARENA WEMBLEY, this past Saturday April 2nd. UK fans were treated to the band’s biggest headline show outside of Japan, complete with a huge production the likes of which had only ever previously been seen in their home country.
As well as the capacity crowd at the legendary historic London venue, a live stream of the show was broadcast to screens in 7 venues in 5 cities across Japan. Despite the local time being 4:30 AM on Sunday morning, approximately 12,000 Japanese fans turned out to the special screenings, which sold out within an hour of going on sale.
‘With our Wembley show we managed to unite UK and Japan and we all became one together . It was an awesome feeling. The Fox God led us to the start of our 2016 World Tour and on to the path that Babymetal must take from here” - Su-Metal
Saturday also saw BABYMETAL break another record; they can now boast the claim of having the highest merch takings for any one day for any production at Wembley Arena in the history of the venue, which has hosted some of the biggest names is music. General manager of the venue, John Drury, confirmed: “The BABYMETAL show broke our all-time sales record at The SSE Arena, Wembley”
Released last Friday April 1st – or FOX DAY – ‘METAL RESISTANCE’ today sees its release on both Ltd Edition Box set and Vinyl formats.
Formed in 2010, BABYMETAL performed their headline show, 2 DAYS in a row, at the prestigious Nippon Budokan in March 2014, becoming the youngest female artist in history to perform there. Their first album “BABYMETAL” ranked in the US Billboard chart. In summer of 2014, they embarked on their first World Tour, supporting Lady Gaga on her “Artrave: The Artpop Ball” tour in 5 cities in North America. In 2015, their second World Tour ensues taking them to 10 countries which includes North America, Latin America, Canada and Europe. BABYMETAL also headlines 3 arena shows in Japan at Saitama Super Arena, Makuhari Messe and Yokohama Arena in that same year. They've won several awards including the "Breakthrough Act" award at the 2015 Metal Hammer Golden Gods, the "Spirit of Independence" award at the 2015 Relentless Kerrang! Awards, and several LOUDWIRE Awards. ThIn April 2016 they performed a headline show at London’s SSE Arena, Wembley, becoming the first Japanese artist in history to perform there. Their third World Tour will come to an end with a headline show back in Japan at the legendary, 55,000 capacity TOKYO DOME. The time has come for us to go across borders to connect and bring everyone together with BABYMETAL’s “METAL RESISTANCE”.