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BABYMETAL’s costume changes – Idol Lovers

Great article by Idol Lovers about BABYMETAL’s costume, its changes through the years starting from their beginnings (2011) to present (2017).

 


 

Check out the costume evolution and recommended costume of the globally successful heavy metal idol, BABYMETAL!

In 2011, BABYMETAL was formed by the trio Sakura Gakuin members, Su-Metal, Yuimetal and Moametal.

It was originally a sub-unit of the Sakura Gakuin but finally became independent. The powerful sound and shout mixed with underground atmosphere of heavy metal, and the chemistry of Japan’s unique culture of idol has been gaining worldwide attention. Furthermore, attracting people by the unique style costumes and also the ‘kawaii culture’. We’ll introduce you to the most popular costumes starting with the evolution of the costumes they wore up until today.

 

– 2011. The “Doki Doki Morning” era costume.

They were formed as Sakura Gakuin’s heavy music club, with “Doki Doki Morning” as their first single which was released in the format of DVD and delivery distribution. The contrast between red and black is the main point. Ever since the debut, red and black has been the standard uniform of BABYMETAL’s costume.

 

– 2011. The “Headbangerrr!!” era costume

Headbangerrr!! was BABYMETAL’s first single which was released in CD via Indie Label. I wonder if the neck brace was intended to show the effect of headbanging too much? I suppose the main point is the fluffy skirt as an addition to the simple red and black.

 

– 2013. The “Ijime, Dame, Zettai” era costume.

Ijime, Dame, Zettai was the 2nd single which was released in January 2013. BABYMETAL was getting a lot of people to know them with this song. The motif of the costume was armor, Su-metal’s upper half is decorated in silver armor while Yuimetal and Moametal are equipped with spikes.

They also appeared in idol-ish retro costumes for the world reformation.

 

– 2013. The “Megitsune” era costume.

As the 3rd single “Megitsune” was released, BABYMETAL continues their activities vigorously. The main point is the 2 layers red-black pannier skirt with black blouse with red frills.

Furthermore, the costume had 2nd version which was a Kimono-style, a modification of Japanese-style clothing.

 

– 2013. The Festival era costume.

In the later half of the 2013, BABYMETAL was performing in many summer festivals. The armor costume was upgraded and became bustier-style.

 

– 2014. The “Music Station” performance era costume.

The costume has undergone minor changes in details over and over again throughout 2014. The main point of this elaborate design is the dot pattern, silver armor shoulder rests and the 3 layered leather skirt.

 

– The 2014~2015 era costume.

The armor design costume was upgraded little by little. The flared-sleeves gave BABYMETAL a little bit of feminine look.

 

– The year end of 2015 costume.

The bustier design has changed into futuristic design.

 

– The 2016 era costume.

BABYMETAL has released their 2nd album “Metal Resistance” and doing world tour. The costumes has also changed from red to more black in tone, and different design for each of the trio.

 

-The 2017. present.

The current BABYMETAL costume has completely evolved into black tone. With the use of glossy materials, the costumes have made them shine even more on the stage.


 

This is BABYMETAL’s most popular costume!

 

BABYMETAL have gone through many transitions since their debut 6 years ago. They are popular not only by their songs but also their costumes, so much that the costume exhibition was held. And among those costumes, which is the most popular one? By summing up the voice of the fans we’ll find out the result.

 

 

2nd single “Megitsune” Kimono style clothes

BABYMETAL interacted with a lot of artists in outside of Japan. The kimono-style costume which also represents Japan culture is the most popular among foreigners. The costume have only been used in a small amount of performances, a lot of fans want to see them wearing this costume again.


 

If you want to cosplay BABYMETAL, go to this store!

BABYMETAL’s costume has been drawing attentions. Recently, it also become popular as a cosplay in Halloween. They even sold a lot of them by mail orders, right? And among those which became hot topics, this one is the highlight, the costume which sold at don quixote (*don ki) store in Akihabara.

This is a complete set of costume to become BABYMETAL, and it is well known among the fans. If you happen to be near the don ki store, why not try to look for this costume?


Article by: IDOL LOVERS
Translation by: BFC ADMIN Ari Santoso

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BAND-MAID to Release New Single YOLO on November 16

BAND-MAID is releasing a new single on November 16. The title song “YOLO,” which is stands for “You Only Live Once,” is written by Miku Kobato and composed by the band’s members.

BAND-MAID to Release New Single YOLO

Includes four tracks total (subject to change). The limited edition comes with a sheet music and features sleeve case packaging (subject to change).

YOLO / BAND-MAID
BAND-MAID

YOLO / BAND-MAID
BAND-MAID

BAND-MAID

Band-Maid, stylized as BAND-MAID and formerly as BAND-MAID®, is a five-piece, all-female Japanese rock group, signed to Gump Records (Japanese: ガンプレコーズ Hepburn: Ganpu rekōzu?), an imprint of the Shibuya-based Platinum Passport artist management and talent agency, itself a division of Avex Group.

Lady’s X : X JAPAN – YOSHIKI will be producing a BABYMETAL like band

YOSHIKI, the leader of X JAPAN, will be producing a new Visual-kei girls band Lady’s X.

X JAPAN – YOSHIKI will be producing a BABYMETAL like band Lady’s X

Lady’s X

A producer of many big name artists, Yoshiki will be starting a new Visual-kei movement! The new members selected through an Audition will debut at a huge Visual-kei live event,
which will be fully produced by YOSHIKI.

The Audition will be followed closely and will be aired on the famous News program “Mezamashi TV”

Lady’s X : X JAPAN – YOSHIKI

Looking For:

-Vocalist
-Guitarist, Bassist, Drummer, Piano, etc…
-Manager

Terms of Application:

1. Age: Must be older than 12.
Experience: Does not matter.
Only Female.
Although the place of residence does not matter, we are looking for members that can travel all around Japan while having a base in Tokyo.
Must be able to sign an exclusive agreement as a member of Lady`s X

2. Please send your profile, picture and a performance video(vocalist should be singing,
band members should be playing the instrument in which they are applying for).
The performance video can be filmed on video camera or Smart phone, but please be sure to take the footage so that the entire body is shown.

Requirments:

First of all, submission of the applicants performance video (vocalist should be singing, band members should be playing the instrument in which they are applying for).
In addition, the performance video can be filmed on video camera or Smart phone, but please be sure to take the footage so that the entire body is shown.
※Please make sure to upload the video on Youtube(make sure the privacy mode is set to “Unlisted”) and send the link on the application page of the audition site.
※Please apply through the special audition site. consequently, the selections will be done from the applicants footages.

First Audition Term:
~2016/12/31

Organized by
Japan Music Agency Inc. / Lady’s X Executive Commitiee

【Official Site】http://ladys-x.net/

Source: Jrock Radio

BAND-MAID – Brand New MAID: Exclusive Bonus Confirmed!: A3 Poster

BAND-MAID brings the debut CD «Brand New MAID» from a major label.

BAND-MAID - Brand New MAID

The new BAND-MAID CD «Brand New MAID» includes “alone,” “FREEDOM,” “ORDER,” “the non-fiction days” and more for eight tracks total (subject to change). Comes with a bonus DVD featuring music videos of “alone,” “ORDER,” and “the non-fiction days” (subject to change). *The DVD disc is encoded for region 2 (Japan, Europe, and Middle East), and no subtitles are included.

The type A edition comes with a bonus DVD featuring music videos of “alone,” “ORDER,” and “the non-fiction days” (subject to change) while the type B editon comes with an exclusive bonus track “REAL EXISTENCE (live version)” (subject to change).

BAND-MAID – Brand New MAID: Exclusive Bonus Confirmed!: A3 Poster

BAND-MAID brings the debut CD «Brand New MAID» from a major label.

BAND-MAID - Brand New MAID

The new BAND-MAID CD «Brand New MAID» includes “alone,” “FREEDOM,” “ORDER,” “the non-fiction days” and more for eight tracks total (subject to change). Comes with a bonus DVD featuring music videos of “alone,” “ORDER,” and “the non-fiction days” (subject to change). *The DVD disc is encoded for region 2 (Japan, Europe, and Middle East), and no subtitles are included.

The type A edition comes with a bonus DVD featuring music videos of “alone,” “ORDER,” and “the non-fiction days” (subject to change) while the type B editon comes with an exclusive bonus track “REAL EXISTENCE (live version)” (subject to change).

BAND-MAID – Brand New MAID: Exclusive Bonus Confirmed!: A3 Poster

BAND-MAID brings the debut CD «Brand New MAID» from a major label.

BAND-MAID - Brand New MAID

The new BAND-MAID CD «Brand New MAID» includes “alone,” “FREEDOM,” “ORDER,” “the non-fiction days” and more for eight tracks total (subject to change). Comes with a bonus DVD featuring music videos of “alone,” “ORDER,” and “the non-fiction days” (subject to change). *The DVD disc is encoded for region 2 (Japan, Europe, and Middle East), and no subtitles are included.

The type A edition comes with a bonus DVD featuring music videos of “alone,” “ORDER,” and “the non-fiction days” (subject to change) while the type B editon comes with an exclusive bonus track “REAL EXISTENCE (live version)” (subject to change).

BAND-MAID – Brand New MAID: Exclusive Bonus Confirmed!: A3 Poster

BAND-MAID brings the debut CD «Brand New MAID» from a major label.

BAND-MAID - Brand New MAID

The new BAND-MAID CD «Brand New MAID» includes “alone,” “FREEDOM,” “ORDER,” “the non-fiction days” and more for eight tracks total (subject to change). Comes with a bonus DVD featuring music videos of “alone,” “ORDER,” and “the non-fiction days” (subject to change). *The DVD disc is encoded for region 2 (Japan, Europe, and Middle East), and no subtitles are included.

The type A edition comes with a bonus DVD featuring music videos of “alone,” “ORDER,” and “the non-fiction days” (subject to change) while the type B editon comes with an exclusive bonus track “REAL EXISTENCE (live version)” (subject to change).

BAND-MAID – Brand New MAID: Exclusive Bonus Confirmed!: A3 Poster

BAND-MAID brings the debut CD «Brand New MAID» from a major label.

BAND-MAID - Brand New MAID

The new BAND-MAID CD «Brand New MAID» includes “alone,” “FREEDOM,” “ORDER,” “the non-fiction days” and more for eight tracks total (subject to change). Comes with a bonus DVD featuring music videos of “alone,” “ORDER,” and “the non-fiction days” (subject to change). *The DVD disc is encoded for region 2 (Japan, Europe, and Middle East), and no subtitles are included.

The type A edition comes with a bonus DVD featuring music videos of “alone,” “ORDER,” and “the non-fiction days” (subject to change) while the type B editon comes with an exclusive bonus track “REAL EXISTENCE (live version)” (subject to change).

YouTube Red: The Great Wall Against JPop

Original article on Pure Idol Heart

It was a weekend like any other weekend, when I am helping someone in the JPop music industry and I send her concert video to a friend in America to look at .Unlike any other weekend my friend said “her video is blocked”.

A concert that we are involved In helping her be showcased to the international idol world is suddenly without warning blocked in my friend’s home country.
Over the next few hours I received messages telling me that other well-known Japanese music groups , record labels , video reaction videos ,dance and vocal covers ,even Independent idol groups covering an AKB48 song in their concert to about 100 people was blocked.

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At first I thought it was another twist in a backwards music industry trying to completely isolate our music artists to be domestic only.
That was until I discovered something called YouTube Red. YouTube Red, staff claims it sent notices to music companies 6 months ago, yet not me or any other friends in other idol music agencies had even heard of it. In fact I spent most of three days explaining to managers ,producers and even idols in various Independent Idol music agencies what it was as best as I understood it. I even mentioned it to a friend that works with Ebichu, seems no one knew of YouTube Red or that it would shut down your videos if you did not join.

YouTube Red for those just hearing the name is a new Premium service with a monthly fee from YouTube offering several advantages, including ad-free videos, and a number of other user benefits for a membership fee of $9.99 a month and you get videos with no ads, that you were a few days ago watching for free with your ad blocker turned on.

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For content creators it means a lot more, the little small print that said “If you do not opt-in to the service your videos would be blocked, made private in the United States and coming soon the world.” YouTube Red has been created to give its partner creators more income. Partner creators are channels that have reached certain requirements and most major companies fall under this term. YouTube Red “claims” they have signed 99% of their partner creators ,which is great for them ,however the 1% left out is the Japanese ,Korean entertainment industry and I am sure a few more whose first language is not English and have their own domestic entertainment agreements they must respect.

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As this 1% is not a concern for YouTube Red they have simply decided to turn off their ability to market themselves to the United States and if the service works later the rest of the world. If you ask a YouTube Red supporter they will say “all the company has to do is agree and everybody makes money”. Ask the other side and you get “we had contractual agreements already agreed to”, “or we don`t even know what it is” or in the fans view “YouTube is holding our Idols hostage and if you don`t give them back, we are storming the castle walls.”

Seems no one wants to take fault in JPOP videos being blocked in the United States. The question here is not who is at fault , but does the Japanese music industry that has been slow to adopt change and accept international fans even fully know the seriousness of this situation or even care?

As I said some people I know didn`t know about it and they currently are so small of agency that their groups are not blocked. But surely the 30 heavy players in our industry know that for days now their videos are being blocked. Instead JPop companies, are ignoring foreign fan questions and working as business normal inside Japan. upfront english (Just one of many comments or questions on Up-Front English Facebook .Up-Front has English speaking staff )

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Tweets related to Hello!Project Group ANGERME, AKB48 & Alice Project three of the 30 companies blocked by YouTube Red In the United States

https://twitter.com/kojima_yuuka/status/659002217110736897

The time has long past that the industry took serious the economic value of gaining an international following. There are some smaller Idol companies trying to do just that because they have seen the fan pool in Japan and there is only so many otaku to bring under your charms.

I often hear from my peers in music, “why promote to foreign Idol fans, when it’s easier to just take safe money from otaku!” or “why do you write in English, when otaku fans are the heart of idol?” Just because something is easy, doesn`t mean it’s the only option for success. Taking the easy road means you will become half of what you could have been. It means making your artists half of what they could have been.

Ask any small idol how she feels when she learns she has overseas fans. I can tell you everyone I told cries out of happiness. Idols want more than what agencies want and now is the chance for the Japanese music industry to make a change and take their foreign fans serious and take YouTube Red serious. It not enough to say that in Japan we have the second largest music market, one day the otaku might not be there, but the world will.

Foreign Idol fans, if you can afford to market to them, makes a difference. If you think not, just ask BABYMETAL, Just ask their agency Amuse. If YouTube Red is not taken serious by the music industry here in Japan, there might not be a next BABYMETAL type group success. For the idol community this is the chance to speak up and move videos to Dailymotion and other services, to unite and help those cut off to find the alternative sites the videos are on, to be a voice of change and show the Japanese music industry that they can be just as mad as KPop fans about losing their favorite music groups.

There is no reason for YouTube Red to become the “Great Red Wall Against JPop!”

English Related Tweets from
Tokyo Girls` Update Twitter

On twitter I have hash tagged the post YouTube Red and SaveJPop. I hope this is one step in the process of doing that.

Special Thanks post publish & Follow ups

Many people around the world have reached out to me about this or shared the article.
I cannot thank everyone in this setting .two I want to make mention of and thank.

Thanks to everyone public and private who sent messages ,I’ll contact you in other ways.

To clear a point asked in a DM on Facebook
Us small Indie Idol agencies , didn`t know until after the blocks started. Big companies I expect did know. It seems like to me (my opinion ,YTRed is interested in the most revenue drawing channels, not everybody ). I can`t speak for everybody , just myself and those small indie Idol agencies I deal with daily. The gap between us and the Hello!Pro level is huge. I was talking about us small groups & producers like Aphrodite and others just trying to break out level, idol agencies in the shallow pond. I should explained that part better.

My overseas friend Jean-Francois has a article in French on this JPop/KPop vs You Tube Red fight.
http://www.tvqc.com/2015/10/youtube-red-les-fans-de-jpop-et-kpop-en-colere/

UROBOROS: new Takayoshi Ohmura band release a mini-album

UROBOROS (ウロボロス) is a Japanese rock band formed in 2015 signed to Pony Canyon and the band is featuring Kami Band’s Ohmura Takayoshi.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RRIbvMfoZQ

CD release from UROBOROS, a project participated by great musicians such as Keisuke Korose (ex. Asriel) and Ohmura Takayoshi (BABYMETAL). This edition includes a bonus DVD. *The DVD disc is encoded for region 2 (Japan, Europe, and Middle East), and no subtitles are included.

UROBOROS, also known as Ouroboro from the Greek “ουροβóρος” it’s a symbol showing a snake eating his own tail creating with his own body a circular shape. The Uroboros symbolizes the eternal cycle of things, also the eternal effort, the eternal struggle of the futile effort, as the cycle begins again despite efforts to prevent it.

The artists inside this secret project are Kurose Keisuke (ex Asriel) as Manipulator/DJ, Aya Kamiki on Vocals, Takayoshi Ohmura (C4, LIV MOON, DSPRG, Marty Friedman’s band, BABYMETAL) on Guitar, Taizo Nakamura (ex cune) on Bass, Sasabuchi Hirochi (ex Plastic Tree) on Drums.

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UROBOROS
Kurose Keisuke (黒瀬圭亮) – Composer/Manipulate (ex-Asriel)
Kamiki Aya (上木彩矢) – Vocals
Ohmura Takayoshi (大村孝佳) – Guitar (C4)
Nakamura Taizo (中村泰造) – Bass (ex-cune)
Sasabuchi Hiroshi (笹渕啓史) – Drums (ex-Plastic Tree)

Site: http://urbrs.com/

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