With the start of their WORLD TOUR 2018 only days away, BABYMETAL has built a partnership which will result in increased success around the globe. BABYMETAL has teamed with 5B Artist Management and Records, a leading global music, events, and marketing firm, and with Cooking Vinyl, which has handled the releases of prestigious artists such as Marilyn Manson and The Prodigy. With this partnership, BABYMETAL is pleased to announce the establishment of a new record label - BABYMETAL RECORDS.
WORLD TOUR 2018 begins with headline performances - all sold out well in advance – before appearances at some of the most recognized festivals in the world, including Rock on the Range (U.S.), Rock am Ring, Rock im Park (Germany), and Download (U.K.).
“At the beginning of when BABYMETAL was formed, we started out in a small rowboat and began our journey into the vast metal galaxies, where we ventured into uncharted waters that no one had dared to visit. As time passed, that small rowboat gradually evolved into a big ship, and we feel honored to have 5B and Cooking Vinyl on board as we further spread the story of METAL RESISTANCE.” – KOBAMETAL (BABYMETAL Producer)
“We are very excited to be starting work with BABYMETAL as they expand their audience around the world. They are literally a genre of one, and their fans are among the most dedicated in the world, spanning culture, age, gender, and interests. Wherever the fans hail from, they have one thing in common - a near-fanatical devotion to BABYMETAL. We look forward to spreading that excitement.” - Bob Johnsen (Vice President, 5B)
“This is a special partnership that is going to create extraordinary opportunity and growth for BABYMETAL. Cooking Vinyl is a 30 year old global company, with London, Melbourne and New York offices, and we are excited to work alongside 5B bringing even greater worldwide exposure to the band." Howie Gabriel (President, Cooking Vinyl America)
BABYMETAL was formed in 2010.
In March 2014, they took the stage at Nippon Budokan for a 2-day gig, making them the youngest female act to perform there. Their first studio album BABYMETAL instantly made it to the US Billboard charts. In summer of the same year, they embarked on their first world tour, performing on the main stage at UK’s prodigious festival Sonisphere Festival 2014 in front of 65,000 festival goers and supporting Lady Gaga on her ArtRave: The Artpop Ball 2014 Tour.
In summer of 2015, BABYMETAL received various awards from prominent UK music magazines KERRANG! and METAL HAMMER and became the first Japanese artist to ever receive these awards. BABYMETAL also performed on the main stage at the massive Reading & Leeds. In April 2016, BABYMETAL had a simultaneous global release for their 2nd album METAL RESISTANCE. Not only did they make the charts in Japan, they also became the highest-charting Japanese band ever on UK’s Official Albums Chart, landing at no. 15th. They also reached the 39th spot on its debut on the U.S. Billboard, becoming the first album by a Japanese artist to break into the chart’s top 40 in more than 50 years. During that same month, BABYMETAL performed at the prestigious Wembley Arena in the UK, becoming the first Japanese artist to ever headline at the venue. They completed their world tour in September at the Tokyo Dome for a consecutive 2 days with over 110,000 people to witness the massive tour final. Not only have they achieved all of the above, they have performed as special guests in various international locations for the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, METALLICA, GUNS N’ ROSES, and KORN. BABYMETAL’s challenge for world domination continues and only the Fox God knows what the future will hold.