Japanese music superstars BABYMETAL are an internationally acclaimed Kerrang Award-winning metal band consisting of 18-year-old Suzuka Nakamoto and 17-year-old’s Yui Mizuno and Moa Kikuchi.
BABYMETAL‘s musical influences are derived from heavy metal, Avant Garde Metal and J-Pop; BABYMETAL released their eponymous bestselling debut album in February 2014. BABYMETAL‘s popular sophomore studio album entitled “Metal Resistance” was released worldwide on April 1, 2016 and has witnessed BABYMETAL largely capture the imagination of cultured music aficionados around the globe.
In April 2016, BABYMETAL became the first-ever Japanese act to headline Wembley Arena in London, United Kingdom whilst additionally shifting the biggest sale of merchandise for a one day live event in Wembley Arena‘s decorated history, coupled alongside BABYMETAL‘s studio album “Metal Resistance” becoming the highest-ever entry in history for an album in the UK Album charts for a Japanese music act.
Reputable British mainstream media publication The Guardian officially rated BABYMETAL‘s Wembley Arena live concert show with a favorable rating of five out of five stars, whereas “Metal Resistance” charted at #3 in the albums chart on the iTunes store and additionally peaked at #39 on theBillboard Hot 200 Album Charts in the United States.
In May 2016, sports-entertainment powerhouse WWE officially announced that BABYMETAL‘s popular songs “Karate” and “Paranoia” would both be used as the official theme songs for live event NXT TakeOver: The End.
Despite the anthemic “Karate” being recorded in Japanese, the overwhelming appeal and universal language of their rhythm of metal, on stage choreography and enigmatic charisma is undeniably embraced by foreigners who are not well-versed in Japanese and the Asian music culture; BABYMETAL‘s “Karate” music video has garnered over 23.1 million views on YouTube since its premiere in March 2016.
Elsewhere, rumors have heavily circulated within the orient that BABYMETAL will perform live at half-time during the NFL Super Bowl LI on February 7 alongside six-time GRAMMY Award-winning superstar Lady Gaga.
Moreover, the NFL Super Bowl throughout its illustrious rich history has never before featured an act from Japan to perform live at half-time; Coldplay,U2, The Rolling Stones and Sir Paul McCartney are amongst the litany of non-US born performers who have performed memorable live performances at half-time at the NFL Super Bowl.
In addition, BABYMETAL have recorded songs in English in their catalog and would potentially perform the English language songs to cater to the English speaking audience around the world if BABYMETAL do perform live at the NFL Super Bowl LI on February 7.
BABYMETAL potentially performing live at the NFL Super Bowl LI half-time show on February 7 would unquestionably enable the very popular Asian superstars to ascend to a brand new level in North America and internationally and ultimately ensure that the ever-growing musical and cultural bridge between the East and West is drawn even closer than ever before.
BABYMETAL Twitter: @BabymetalJapan
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