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This is released to commemorate the graduation of the following members from the group, Moa Kikuchi (BABYMETAL), Yui Mizuno (BABYMETAL), Hana Taguchi, and Yunano Notsu. Includes photos shot in a school graduation tour, in which they are not in school uniforms for the first time. Also includes interview(s).
Japanese idol culture has nothing to do with Keith Urban or jazzy interpretations of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car.”
The idol performers are interchangeable figurines who, unlike American pop culture icons, are not individualized. Idols typically sing saccharine, Kawaii-styled J-pop, but there are rare occasions in which these teenage performers jump genres, moving away from the existing, seizure-inducing model. Yuimetal, Su-metal, and Moametal are the trio behind the Japanese sensation Babymetal—a group that both embraces and defies the Idol genre.
Before her turn to the dark side, Su-metal was a member of two bands, Sakura Gakuin and Karen’s Girls, both of which produced up-tempo dance pop. Now, with the help of the Fox God, their fictitious, benevolent spiritual overseer, Su-metal and the rest of the gang have transitioned into hardcore music overlaid with j-pop vocals. The result is undeniably fantastic and bizarre. Babymetal is a craze, drawing tens of thousands of diehard fans into arenas around the world. Read the transcript below, or watch NYLON’s interview in which we sweat under the sheer force of this epic teenage trio.
Hi this is Mickey from Nylon and this is…
Su-metal: We are…
What is the craziest thing you’ve seen at a concert?
Moametal: Once when we performed at a festival there were between 50, 000 and 60, 000 people in the audience we were so shocked. It was crazy.
Nylon: Who is your favorite singer?
Yuimetal: Ariana Grande.
Oh! Mine too. Can you sing any part of any Ariana Grande songs for us?
Who is the Fox God and what is his purpose?
Su-metal: we don’t really know a lot about the Fox God, but we believe in him. We never imagined ourselves in this unbelievable situation that we’re in today such as having concerts all over the world and we believe this is all given to us by the Fox God.
How do you communicate with the Fox God?
Su-metal: We receive revelations through Kobametal the only person who can receive revelations directly from the Fox God.
And who is Kobametal?
Yuimetal: The producer.
What are the Babymetal fans called?
Su-metal: We are called ‘the one.’
Oh, so all of them together are ‘the one.’ Alright. Powerful. Who are your typical fans and what do they look like?
Su-metal: Depending on the country there are different types of fans from older generations to kids, males, females, pop fans, and metal fans, there are varieties of fans that like different genres.
What happens when your pop fans and your metal fans come together and mix it up in the mosh pit?
Su-metal: Well, I think the pop fans were surprised by the metal fans in the beginning but now they all enjoy moshing and getting together.
So how do you guys talk to your fans? Is there a scream or is there a gesture or is there a hand movement?
Su-metal: We always do this fox sign that appears in our choreography very often. Our fans enjoy doing this sign together at our shows.
What is one thing that you love about America?
Yuimetal: I like the freedom America has in Japan people tend to think too much about others’ opinions and how to be like everybody else but to Americans it seems more important to be who you are and find your own way.
So as a very rad and intimidating metal singer yourself is there anything you’re afraid of?
Oh ghosts? Me too. I’m terrified of ghosts. And you?
Now we announce the release of Sakura Gakuin’s 5th concert movie on July 7.
It’s recording of 「The Road to Graduation Final ～Sakura Gakuin 2014nendo The Graduation～」(held on March 29 at NHK Hall). Against any difficulties, Sakura girls had believed their friends and held every single moment in great value. We proudly present you their culmination as DVDs(in 2 disks) and a Blu-ray.
You can buy this DVDs and/or Blu-ray only at AMUSE Artist online shop “A!SMART” or TOWER RECORD(store only, not TowerRecord Online).
★Title: 『The Road to Graduation 2014 ～Kimini Todoke～』
★Release Date: July 7, 2015
1.Mezase Superlady -2014nendo-
3.Hello ! IVY
5.Aogeba Tootoshi ～ from Sakura Gakuin 2014 ～
6.Tenshi to Akuma / Baton Club Twinklestars
7.Spin in the Wind ～SKGP final～ / Pro-Wrestling Circle
8.Piece de Check! 〜Year-end Sale！〜 / Koubaibu
9.Mini-pati♡ Special medley☆2014 / Cooking Club Mini-pati
11.Planet Episode 008
12.Heart no Hoshi
14.Takaramono / The 3rd-Graders（Kikuchi Moa, Mizuno Yui, Taguchi Hana, Notsu Yunano)
15.My Graduation Toss
17.Yume ni Mukatte
1.『Sakura Gakuin 2014nendo The Graduation Ceremony』
2.Tabidachino Hini ～J-MIX 2014～
3.See you …
※ Blu-ray(1 DISK) include both contents.
DVD：SGDV-0001/2 Price：￥5,940-（Tax included）
Blu-ray SGBD-0001/2 Price：￥7,344-（Tax included)
☆【A!SMART Limited edition — with a Memorial booklet】Price：￥8,964（Tax included）
※The Blu-rays sold at A!SMART are all Limited editions. The Blu-ray disk only version are sold at TowerRecord stores(only).
Eleven more groups were added to Tokyo Idol Festival (TIF) 2015 on August 1st and 2nd! Tokyo Idol Festival is the world’s biggest idol festival where idol fans from across the globe come together.
Last year’s festival featured 138 idol groups on stage with over 41,000 fans in attendance! With the list currently at 72 groups, does that mean the announcements are about halfway done?
Tokyo Idol Festival
Tokyo Idol Festival is the world’s biggest idol festival where idol fans from across the globe come together. In fact, last year’s festival featured 138 idol groups on stage with over 41,000 fans in attendance. Now in its sixth year, the festival returns again with an even bigger scale and more powerful line-up! Once again, TIF brings you various idol collaborations that can only be witnessed in this event, as well as an opportunity to experience the Japanese idol culture.
Additionally, TIF boosts its effort to provide the latest information and updates overseas with the aim to further expand its presence into an international one, involving idol fans from all over the world. Packed with a number of special stages that only TIF can offer, it’s a dream-come-true live event that will have you dancing to idol tunes all day. This summer, come experience this truly one-of-a-kind entertainment!