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The year 2016 started with Sakura Gakuin announcing the "The Road To Graduation 2015 Final", this will be the first Sakura Gakuin Graduation event without any of the BABYMETAL members. Moa Kikuchi graduated the past year from Sakura Gakuin Nendo 2014.
On January 7 BABYMETAL was featured in the new Metal Hammer Magazine issue 279, "The FOX Awakens". Suzuka Nakamoto and Kobametal talk about the upcoming new album set to be released on April 1. (Read here)
On January 12, BABYMETAL's most popular song and video "Gimme Chocolate" reaached 40.000.000 views on Youtube.
On January 15, BABYMETAL announced the new Album's name "METAL RESISTANCE" and also release THE ONE Members Project Fiscal Year 2016 including also the new Album's THE ONE Limited Edition.
3 days after, Summer Sonic announced the Top 10 of "The artist that you want to see the most" at Summer Sonic 2016 featuring BABYMETAL in the 1st place.
On January 25 BABYMETAL announced additional US Tour dates, at the moment of the year BABYMETAL announced 10 World Tour 2016 in United States.
BABYMETAL was highlighted once again on Kerrang! Magazine on January 27, in this issue their song "Doki Doki Morning" reached the spot number 9 in the Official Kerrang Magazine Rock Chart, in addition "Su-Metal" was interviewed to talk about the song. (Read here)
February started very slow for BABYMETAL, on February 7 BABYMETAL's most popular song "Gimme Chocolate" was announced in Top 5 Chocolate songs for Valentine's Day 2016 in Japan.
On February 9 BABYMETAL THE ONE Members Project announced a special and secret event at NHK Japan Broadcasting Center on February 18 for a special viewing of the special program of NHK Japan.
On February 13 took place a new Sakura Gakuin "Happy Valentine" event. This special performance was the first without any BABYMETAL members as Sakura Gakuin students after Moa and Yui graduation in 2015 on Nendo 2014.
After the announcement on January 14 about the name of its second Album "Metal Resistance", on February 19 BABYMETAL revealed the Artwork and Tracklist of the new album and the announcement of its first Single "KARATE". (Details of the album, read here)
On February 25 the first Single from "Metal Resistance" "KARATE" was premiered on Annie Mac Show on BBC Radio one at 20:02 UK Time. Also the song was released on Spotify in Australia. In addition the same day, BABYMETAL released a trailer of the new album "Metal Resistance" featuring a few seconds of the new Music Video "KARATE".
On February 26 was officially released the first single of its second album, "KARATE" reached the Top of the iTunes Charts
in several countries in the first two days after its release featuring Japan, United Kingdom and United States. (Read more here)
March 2016 started with a great feature for BABYMETAL, Metal Hammer Magazine released an impressive report about BABYMETAL 2 Days performances at Yokohama Arena on December 12 and December 13 "The Final Chaper Of Trilogy" which gathered more than 24.000 fans. The issue featured a 3D hologram cover with BABYMETAL, and more than 10 pages about them. The release got sold out online.
Also on March 1, BABYMETAL announced additional tour dates in Europe featuring their return to Switzerland and Germany.
On March 3 was released the 6th Studio Album of Sakura Gakuin, "Kirameki No Kakera", this is the first Sakura Gakuin album without any BABYMETAL member as Sakura Gakuin student (Album details).
On March 12 Billboard released the first chart details about the new BABYMETAL song "KARATE" which reached 3 Billboard charts featuring a 2nd Place and 2 Top 50 (Details here)
On March 17, BABYMETAL released "KARATE" Music Video. At first the release was exclusive only for Music Choice subscribers and a few hours later was released officially on Youtube. The first Single of "Metal Resistance" received features around the world and the biggest reaction from International and Japanese Media so far.
The same day, on March 17 took place in Japan the exclusive and secret BABYMETAL THE ONE Members Project Event "THE ONE OF THE ONE" where one of the THE ONE members was summoned (selected by lottery) by Kitsune-Sama to enjoy the music of the new album "Metal Resistance" through a listening party with Babybones and later meet BABYMETAL girls.
On March 20 was released Music Magazine featuring BABYMETAL in the cover.
On March 25 OK Music released an exclusive interview with BABYMETAL girls about the working process of their new album "Metal Resistance" (Read more here)
On March 26, BABYMETAL released a new Music Video, this time"THE ONE" live from "The Final Chapter Of Trilogy" at Yokohama Arena. As "KARATE", "THE ONE" received a great reception from International and Japanese Media.
On March 27, BABYMETAL did a special appearance on NHK World's program J-Melo.
In addition on March 27, Moa , Yui and Suzuka attended to Sakura Gakuin "The Road To Graduation 2015 Final"at the Kanagawa Prefectural Hall where 2015 Nendo members Rinon Isono, Ooga Saki and Shirai Saki graduated from Sakura Gakuin.
On March 28 were released Hedoban Magazine Vol.10 with BABYMETAL in the cover and 10.000 characters interview with Su-Metal, Moametal and Yuimetal! The same day was released Nylon Japan Magazine Vol.95 featuring BABYMETAL in the cover too, the girls also recorded a video message for Nylon's readers.
Starting on March 29 and in order to promote the release new album "Metal Resistance" which was released on March 29 in Japan, BABYMETAL and Tower Records nationwide announce Special activities featuring "Metal Resistance Exhibition" and "BABYMETAL Week" (Read more here).
The same day but in Japan, Rolling Stone Japan released an interview divided in 2 parts (second part released on March 31) where the girls talked about their concept, the new album "Metal Resistance", experience gained outside Japan and International media critics. (Read more here, and here)
In addition on March 30 Oricon Style announced the debut of "Metal Resistance". The second studio album of the group sold more than 36.000 copies on its debut day! (Details here)
On March 31 was released GrindHouse Magazine Vol.95 featuring BABYMETAL in the cover and a 10.000 characters interview with the girls. The same day Besatsu Kudokawa Direct04 released a new issue with BABYMETAL in the cover and a report about the group through the years.
April for Moa Kikuchi started with the expected FOX DAY on April 1st. During this day several interviews, articles and news about BABYMETAL were published along with the worldwide release of its second studio album called "Metal Resistance". "Metal Resistance" was released in 3 different editions. Regular CD, Limited Edition CD/DVD including "BABYMETAL live at MetRock Festival" and THE ONE Members Limited Edition CD/Bluray including "The Black Mass" and "The Red Mass" shows in 2015. The album also featured limited songs, "Syncopation" for the Japanese Edition and "From Dusk Till Down" for the Outside Japan Edition.
On April 2 Moa with BABYMETAL played at Wembley Arena in London, England. The opening show of the BABYMETAL World Tour 2016. The band played at 12.000 sold out show, the biggest headline show for BABYMETAL outside Japan and was the first Japanese artist to play at Wembley Arena (Show report).
On April 4 was released a big feature for BABYMETAL, "Nikkei Entertainment Magazine" including a photo session with the girls and separate interviews with Su-Metal, Yuimetal and Moametal. (Read more here) Also this day were released "Aarshock Magazine" from Netherlands with BABYMETAL in the cover, and PMC Music Complex with BABYMETAL in the cover.
The same day, in New York City BABYMETAL held a Press Conference to promote the release of the new album "Metal Resistance", their US Tour and the performance at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. (Read more here)
The same day, Moa with BABYMETAL held a Live Stream interview on Twitch where the girls answered questions from Loudwire journalist Graham, and questions sent from fans on Twitter.
Also On April 4 on NHK was broadcasted the very special performance of BABYMETAL at the NHK Broacasting Center in Tokyo for only 300 BABYMETAL fans THE ONE Members. Also the broadcast featured the girls having a nice talk with Marty Friedman, visiting the place where they placed Legend Corset Festival in 2012. (Details here)
On April 5 Metal Hammer Magazine from UK announced today what was shared also by BABYMETAL and Kilimanjaro's promoter Alan Day. BABYMETAL broke 2 UK Records. First, BABYMETAL jumped up to #7 in the Official Charts with "Metal Resistance" becoming in the highest-ever position for a Japanese act! But also, BABYMETAL sold more merch at Wembley Arena than any other artist that played at Wembley Arena. (Details here)
Late on April 5 BABYMETAL played at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, was their debut in US TV. The group played "Gimme Chocolate".
On April 8 BABYMETAL and Kobametal were featured on THE SUN from United Kingdom.
On April 9 was announced that "Metal Resistance" reached the 7th Place on ARIA Official Albums Chart in Australia, being the highest place for a Japanese Artist. The same day Young Guitar released a new issue with BABYMETAL in the front page, photoshoot with Su-Metal, Yuimetal and Moametal, interview with the girls and features of Kami Band members Mikio Fujioka and LEDA. (Read here)
On April 11, Billboard Japan released weekly sales details for April 18, 2016 featuring BABYMETAL's elder sisters from Amuse "Perfume" leading the list with 103.000 copies sold, while "Metal Resistance" is third in the list in addition Billboard Japan announced a great new for Japanese music scene and especially for BABYMETAL., with "Metal Resistance" BABYMETAL becomes in the first Japanese artist to enter in the Billboard US Top 40 Albums after 53 years! (Details here and here)
The first show of "Apocrypha, Only The FOX GOD Knows" at Shinkiba Studio Coast of the year took place on April 20. (Show report)
On April 21 took place the second show of "Apocrypha, Only The FOX GOD Knows". These shows served as warm up for the group to get ready for the US Tour in May. (Show report).
On April 22 BABYMETAL played on Japanese TV at Music Station Live, the band performed "KARATE" for the first time in this TV Show.
On April 27, BABYMETAL in collaboration with Nintendo was announced a playable character of Super Mario Maker. (Read more here).
The same day Rolling Stone released a special interview with the girls which took place in New York City earlier this month. (Read here)
On April 29 BABYMETAL was featured in a 25 minutes documentary broadcasted on BBC from United Kingdom about the Japanese culture "Wembley To Tokyo".
In the last day of April, Scuzz TV From United Kingdom published a 19 minutes interview with the girls where they discuss "Metal Resistance" (More here). But also earlier, on April 30 in Japan MTV Japan released "MTV Inside: BABYMETAL Special" with a 21 minutes program dedicated to BABYMETAL with Music Videos, special interview with Su-Metal, Yuimetal and Moametal and comments from musicians from Trivium, Helloween, Dragonforce..
The month of May 2016 started for Moa with a huge feature for the group in United States being interviewed by Alternative Press in an interview called "BABYMETAL tells us 10 things you need to know about them".
On May 3, Kerrang Magazine announced the artists nominated for the Kerrang Awards 2016, BABYMETAL was noinated for "Best Live Band". (Read more here).
On May 4, BABYMETAL's new Music Video "KARATE" reached its first 10.000.000 views on Youtube. The same day of the start of the BABYMETAL World Tour 2016 in United States East coast leg for Moa Kikuchi as "Moametal" at the PlayStation Theater in New York, following New York City the band played at House Of Blues in Boston on May 5, at Electric Factory, Philadelphia on May 7. On May 8 played for first time at Carolina Rebellion Festival in Charlotte. In this show BABYMETAL met Rob Zombie who published a photo with the girls and received negative comments from his fans, Rob Zombie defended the girls and BABYMETAL's concept (Check here). On May 10 BABYMETAL played at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, followed by the historic The Fillmore in Detroit also known as the State Theater on May 11, then on May 13 played once again at House Of Blues Chicago and finished US East Tour leg at Northern Invasion Festival in Somerset.
Back On May 5, BABYMETAL was featured with an interview on New York Daily from United States (Read more here).
On May 6, in Japan, Sakura Gakuin announced the new Students Council President for 2016 Nendo, Sara Kurashima at the 2016 Nendo Transference Ceremony. Second president after Moa Kikuchi and Yui Mizuno graduations. The same day, BABYMETAL was featured on Upset Magazine from United Kingdom. (Scans here)
May 11, BABYMETAL was interviewed by Noisey which published the interview during their visit to New York City back in April, in a very interesting interview the girls, (Read here).
On May 13 was announced by Recording Industry Association of Japan that BABYMETAL's new Album "Metal Resistance" sold enough copies in Japan to receive the "Gold Disc" certification! "Metal Resistance" sold more than 100.000 copies during its first month of sales. (Read more here)
On May 25 BABYMETAL received a 3 minutes interview on Belsat TV from Belarus. The girls were interviewed during their visit to United Kingdom before their show at Wembley Arena.
On May 28 BABYMETAL announced in interview with Billboard at Carolina Rebellion that the band will be playing with Rob Halford at the Alternative Music Awards in United States on July 18.
On June 1 BABYMETAL announced a new Bluray release featuring the Metal Resistance Trilogy shows at Saitama Super Arena, Makuhari Messe and Yokohama Arena in 2015 for THE ONE members. In addition the Limited Edition release features a Hard Cover format photobook with special content of the World Tour 2015 in Photos along with the Bluray discs. (See more details)
Also on June 1 Rolling Stone released a new segment of its interview with BABYMETAL. In this part, the girls are interviewed to talk about breaking language barriers and their energy onstage. (Read more here)
On June 2 Moa Kikuchi as Moametal started the BABYMETAL World Tour 2016 in Europe. BABYMETAL played 7 shows in 10 days visiting Pratteln, Switzerland, on June 3 their second appearance at Rock In Vienna in Austria, on June 5 their first time at FortaRock Festival, then on June 7 and June 8 played in Germany. After they visited England to play at the famous Download Festival on June 10 and closed the European Tour on June 11 at Download Festival in Paris, France. (European Tour show reports)
On June 3 BABYMETAL announced a second date at the Tokyo Dome! BABYMETAL is going to play on September 20 to close the World Tour 2016.
On June 4 Japanese broadcasting TV Station WOWOW published a great documentary about BABYMETAL named:"What is BABYMETAL? Girls that changed the history".The documentary is a summary of BABYMETAL activities from their beginnings with "Metal Resistance" episodes to 2016.
On June 9 BABYMETAL won their second and consecutive Kerrang Award, at the Kerrang Awards 2016 BABYMETALwas the winner of the "Best Live Band" Award at The Troxy Theater in London, England. (Read more here)
On June 10 Sakura Gakuin was featured on Alternative Press from United States. Using BABYMETAL as reference. (See more here)
On June 12 Express Online published an interview with BABYMETAL at the backstage of Download Festival in United Kingdom on June 10, (Read here)
On June 17 BABYMETAL announced a series of shows for THE ONE Members to take place in August from August 8 to August 25 in Osaka, Tokyo and Nagoya called "The White Mass".
On June 23 BABYMETAL was featured in German TV when the band visited Germany on June 7 and June 8. KIKA TV attended to BABYMETAL's World Tour 2016 show at LongHorn in Stuttgart on June 8. (Read more here)
On June 24 Oricon Style released their Half Year Sales Ranking featuring BABYMETAL new album "Metal Resistance" in #9 place.
On July 1 Revolt TV finally released its interview with BABYMETAL before the start of the World Tour in United States. In this interview the girls explain what is the meaning of "Kawaii" on BABYMETAL but also in Japan. (Read more here)
On July 6 through Billboard Japan SoundScan Japan announced the details of the amount of sales and trends in Japan during the first 6 months of the Year 2016, BABYMETAL's new album "Metal Resistance" is featured #9 in the Albums Chart.
On July 7 Tower Records announced the Tower Records 2016 "First Six Months Of Japanese Music" Top10 Chart, "Metal Resistance" was ranked #2. In addition the same day Label Gate, Music Download Services which operates with "Mora Walkman Official Music Store" announced the Top100 2016 First Half Year Download Rankings, "Metal Resistance" was featured in the Top10 on #8. (Read more here)
On July 12 Moa as Moametal with BABYMETAL played its first show of the US Tour West Coast, second part of the US Tour which started in May, 2016. BABYMETAL played for first time in Seattle, then visited San Francisco at Regency Ballroom on July 14. On July 16 BABYMETAL played its last headline show of the World Tour 2016 outside Japan at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.
On July 14 BABYMETAL's debut album was listed #92 on Metal Hammer's "Greatest Albums Of The 21st Century".
On July 17 BABYMETAL played for first time at the Chicago Open Air Festival in Chicago, United States, the same BABYMETAL was featured on The Japan Times with an article dedicated to their upcoming performance at Fuji Rock Festival on July 24. (Read here)
On July 18 BABYMETAL attended to their first Music Award event in United States at The Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio for the Alternative Press Music Awards 2016. The band was nominated for "Best International Band". Although the band lost the award against "You Me At Six" from United Kingdom in the other hand Moametal won experience and respect from Rock and Metal scene thanks to her incredible performance guitar for first time algon with Kami Band with "Metal God", Judas Priest's vocalist Rob Halford. (See photos)
On July 21 Alternative Press Japan caught BABYMETAL after their performance with Rob Halford at the AP Music Awards 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. The girls shared more impressions about their performance with Metal God, nervousness, enjoyment, but also great memories and Moa excited to play guitar! (Read more here)
The same day, CD Shop announced the Primary Nominations for the 9th CD Shop Awards 2017. BABYMETAL's second Album "Metal Resistance" was nominated along with many other great Japanese albums released this year.
On July 22, was published BABYMETAL interview at Chicago Open Air by Kelly Frazier of Huffington Post to talk about their fanbase and being a role moder for younger fans. (Read more here)
On July 24 Moametal with BABYMETAL played for first time at the Fuji Rock Festival. The 2016 edition of the Festival celebrated the 20th Anniversary. BABYMETAL played at the White Stage in front of 15.000 people.
On July 29 was announced the album "Gakkyokuha - Selected by Marty Friedman" set to be released on October 5 featuring Sakura Gakuin's Verishuvi from Sakura Gakuin's second studio Album "Friends".
On the last day of July WOWOW published the official broadcast of BABYMETAL at Wembley Arena in London, England on April 2 featuring a special interview with the girls called "BABYMETAL Historia".
August stared for Moa Kikuchi with features in Serbia, BABYMETAL was featured in mainstream media from Serbia on "HEJ!" Magazine on August 1.
On August 2 Marty Friedman was interviewed on Billboard, was asked about collaborations and BABYMETAL came on topic, he said: "I would not be surprised at all". (Read more here).
The same day BABYMETAL announced the re-release of the Limited Edition of the self-titled album and the re-release of "Metal Resistance" Limited Edition album to celebrate Tokyo Dome's performance. Also AIM Independent Music Awards 2016 revealed the full list of nominees after a careful deliberation by their panel, along with 15.000 public votes, BABYMETAL was nominated for "Best Live Act".
On August 6 BABYMETAL played for second time in their career at Rock In Japan Festival in Ibaraki.
On August 8 and August 9 Moa as Moametal with BABYMETAL played the first shows of "The White Mass" Tour in Osaka at Namba Hatch.
On August 12 BABYMETAL played its third Festival appearance in Japan of the BIG 4 Festivals at Rising Sun Rock Festival 2016 in Hokkaido.
On August 17 The Grammys published their interview with BABYMETAL at the backstage of the Alternative Press Music Awards on July 18 in Columbus, Ohio. (Read more here)
On August 18 Rob Halford and BABYMETAL appeared on Alternative Press, the girls and Rob stopped at the PRS Backstage Lounge to share their impressions about their performance and talk about the process of making the live collaboration. (Read More here)
The third and fourth dates of "The White Mass" took place at Zepp Tokyo on August 17 and August 18.
On August 21 Moa as Moametal with BABYMETAL played for fifth consecutive time at Summer Sonic Festival, this time headlining for very first time the Sonic Stage closing the event in Osaka. (Show report)
On August 24 and August 25 played the last shows of "The White Mass" at Zepp Nagoya, in Nagoya.
On August 26, Red Hot Chili Peppers announced that BABYMETAL will be their support band during their UK Tour in December. BABYMETAL to play in London, and for very first time in Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester.
On August 30 BABYMETAL performing "Catch Me If You Can" was featured on NHK World Newsline in their special segment "Beating The Heat" about Music and Marketing in Summer.
September started for Moa Kikuchi with BABYMETAL featured in the new issue of the Czech magazine FAKKER!. This issue FAKKER! published a "Japan Style" Special including BABYMETAL titled "Resistance Is Futile". The same day, September 1, BABYMETAL announced that their Music Video for "KARATE" and their second studio Album "Metal Resistance" are nominated in the MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2016.
On September 6 BABYMETAL was selected as winner of "Best Live Act" award in the AIM Intedependent Music Awards 2016 in London! BABYMETAL was nominated in August and thanks to the votes of the audience on Songkick the band won the award. (Read more here)
September 11, through Nihon Keizai Shimbun and Natalie.mu was announced a second set of artists and events who joined "TenbaiNO", the statement to prevent the high number of concerts tickets resales and the expensive prices. BABYMETAL joined in the second set of artists. (Learn more here)
In addition, on September 11 both BABYMETAL albums were available for streaming on AWA Music streaming services company.
On September 12, BABYMETAL was featured on AFP News with a special coverage and interview with Kobametal, Su-Metal, Yuimetal and Moametal from their show at Zepp Tokyo for "The White Mass" performance. (Read more here)
On September 14, BABYMETAL released nationwide in Japan the debut Album BABYMETAL and the second studio Album Metal Resistance "Visit To Japan" CD/DVD anniversary editions with great success. The same day BABYMETAL announced the release of "Live at Wembley Arena" DVD/Bluray and THE ONE Limited Edition Bluray set for November 23, 2016.
On September 15, Oricon announced that BABYMETAL "Visit To Japan" Anniversary Edition debuts Top5 on Oricon Albums Chart. (Read here)
September 16, BABYMETAL and ESP Guitars Japan officially announced the collaboration to put on sale the E-II Arrow 7 Guitars which Kami Band use to play since Yokohama Arena in December 2015.
On September 19 and September 20 took place the closing shows of the BABYMETAL World Tour 2016 at the massive Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. The sold out shows with 55.000 ticket sold each night featured completely different setlists, different costumes and partially different Kami Band lineup. Red Night featured a "Black & Gold" costume, meanwhile Black Night featured a new "Black & Red" costume. (Show report here and here). The performances had many features in Japanese TV.
On September 21 BABYMETAL was featured on Nikkan Sports Shimbun (Newspaper) in the issue September 21 about their performances at Tokyo Dome. (Read here)
On September 28 BABYMETAL was featured in the new issue of Kerrang! Magazine from United Kingdom with 4 pages about their performances at Tokyo Dome 2 Days. The issue also includes an interview with Su-Metal, Yuimetal and Moametal. (Read here)
The same day BABYMETAL teamed with Warner Bros. to release Animated Digital Series! The Animated Digital Series based in the three girls adventures for the US audience through Amuse USA subsidiary will be released in 2017 media says. (Read more here)
On October 1, BABYMETAL was featured in the new issue of Ajet Connect Magazine issue of October 2016. The same day Mori Hayashi, better known as Mori-Sensei is teacher and tutor of Sakura Gakuin since the beginnings, on his Radio Show Mochikomi talked several minutes about BABYMETAL performance at Tokyo Dome. (Read here)
On October 3, BABYMETAL was announced as winner of "Best Album Of The Year" and "Best Metal Video" in the MTV VMAJ 2016! (Details)
BABYMETAL was featured in a new OK Music article about their songs, this time OK Music goes in depth about the the Metal elements that form BABYMETAL featuring comparations with artists like Dragonforce, Iron Maiden, Lamb Of God, Dream Theater and Judas Priest. (Read here)
October 4, Barks Japan announced that the three BABYMETAL members are going to adopt Westone ES60 Ear Monitors. Since Tokyo Dome performances the trio started to use the new set of Ear Monitors. Meanwhile Kami Band members are using ES50.
On October 10 BABYMETAL was interviewed by The List from Scotland in order to promote the UK Tour with Red Hot Chili Peppers to take place in December. The girls talk about the FOX GOD, their concept and the upcoming Tour with RHCP. (Read here)
BABYMETAL was interviewed in the new issue of Kerrang! Magazine to talk about their plans for their upcoming World Tour and also speak about their UK Tour with Red Hot Chili Peppers in December. Kerrang issue released on October 12. (Read here)
On October 26 BABYMETAL was featured again on Kerrang! Magazine, BABYMETAL talk scary moments, horror movies, phobias & Halloween on Kerrang! (Read more here)
The next day BABYMETAL at Tokyo Dome performances were featured on Teen Vogue including brief interview comments by Su-Metal & Moametal. (Read here)
To be continued...
Biography wrote by: Maik Gianino.
Sources: Karen Girl's Amuse, Zettai Karen Children, Amuse, Sakura Gakuin, BABYMETAL's Wikipedia, BABYMETAL., Youtube Videos (linked above), Shuki Maeta, Personal notes by the autor, and BABYMETAL Newswire.