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According to producer Key “Kobametal” Kobayashi, BABYMETAL’s name is a play on the words heavy metal—as, in Japanese, the word baby rhymes with heavy. ∙ Originally formed in 2010 as a fusion of the heavy metal and Japanese idol genres, BABYMETAL has twice won Metal Hammer magazine’s Heavy Metal World Cup. ∙ In 2016, they performed at London’s Wembley Arena, becoming the first Japanese artist to headline the venue. ∙ Their album Metal Resistance debuted at No. 15 on the UK charts, making them the highest-charting Japanese band in British history. ∙ Metal Galaxy was the first recording by an Asian artist ever to hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart. ∙ To celebrate their tenth anniversary in 2021, BABYMETAL released a greatest hits compilation and scheduled ten shows at Tokyo’s famed Budokan arena.

Tokyo, Japan
November 28, 2010

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