The Music of Babymetal

Published to a sublabel of Toy’s Factory (Jūonbu Records, the same sublabel as “Doki Doki Morning” and afterwards “Headbanger”) at March 2012, it ranked 3rd on the Oricon weekly indie chart and number one at the Tower Records Shibuya weekly indie ranking. In July 2012, Babymetal released a single titled “Headbanger”. The music video to the title track was directed by Hidenobu Tanabe. In August 2012, Babymetal surfaced at Japan’s Summer Sonic Festival. With the age of 12, the band became the act to execute there. 2012 also marked Babymetal’s first excursion outside of Japan Singapore The group was originally formed in 2010 as a subunit of the female idol group Sakura Gakuin, intending to realize that a “fusion of metal and idol [music]”. Not one of the 3 members understood what metal music was before the band’s inception. In Sakura Gakuin’s very first solo concert, the very first live appearance of Babymetal was on 28 November 2010. Their first song, “Doki Doki Morning”, was originally released in April 2011 about the Sakura Gakuin record Sakura Gakuin 2010 Nendo: Message. The group shot a music video to the tune and in October 2011 released it as a DVD only meant for limited (live-venues-only) supply. Was uploaded to YouTube the same month the movie totaled more than 1 million viewpoints. Back in July 2011, Babymetal premiered the song, “Ijime, Dame, Zettai” (“No More Bullying”), in a Sakura Gakuin concert, but it would just be carried out during live concerts in the time.

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