Bassist Doris Yeh of Taiwanese metallers CHTHONIC presented BABYMETAL with red envelopes — monetary gifts symbolizing good luck — before the Japanese band’s January 18 concert at Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo. Video footage of the meeting, with English subtitles, can be seen below.
BABYMETAL is the offshoot of the Japanese pop idol group SAKURA GAKUIN that performs a distinctly Japanese mix of schoolgirl J-pop and heavy metal.
BABYMETAL kicked off its world tour with a headlining show on July 1 at La Cigale in Paris, France and will support pop superstar Lady Gaga on five shows in July and August.
The band released its debut album on February 26 via Toy’s Factory. The effort was made available in regular and limited editions. The CD includes five of BABYMETAL’s singles that were released in 2011 – 2013, from “Doki Doki Morning” (digital single) to “Megitsune”, their B-sides and three new songs.
BABYMETAL made it to No 3 on iTunes’ U.S. rock chart and was in the Top 10 in six other countries, including the U.K. The band’s video for the song “Gimme Chocolate” has received nearly 12 million views on YouTube, and BABYMETAL was featured on the cover of the U.K. weekly rock magazine Kerrang!
The band’s first major single, “Ijime, Dame, Zettai”, sold 19,000 copies in its first week and debuted at No. 6 in the Japanese Orion weekly singles chart.