Resistance is futile to Babymetal's ascent

| Apr 13, 2016

Resistance is futile to Babymetal's ascent

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Babymetal — “Metal Resistance” (Toy’s Factory) Ever since Western metalheads got word of the existence of metal-idol trio Babymetal, questions regarding the group’s authenticity have come up. To anyone familiar with Japanese pop music, this isn’t an issue; like all idols, the trio is ...

Japan's 'Masked Girls' seek fame under cover

Apr 1, 2016

Japan's 'Masked Girls' seek fame under cover

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Standing out from Japan’s many girl groups can be a daunting task, but one act, Kamen Joshi (Masked Girls), has found the answer by hiding behind masks. As many as 15,000 people flocked to a concert by the band late last year, showing how ...

Idol-pop act Necronomidol is taken to the dark side

Oct 28, 2014

Idol-pop act Necronomidol is taken to the dark side

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It’s a week until Necronomidol’s big show and, practicing at a dance studio in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward, the four members make a decision to change one line from “We’ve come to bring about the Apocalypse” to “We’ve come to enact Armageddon.” Manager Ricky Wilson ...

In-debt idols send wrong message to girls

| Oct 11, 2014

In-debt idols send wrong message to girls

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Two weeks ago a female pop group called The Margarines debuted via a Tokyo news conference. Since Japanese show business has no shortage of young women who want to sing and dance in order to “fulfill their dreams,” the new ensemble needed a gimmick. ...

Babymetal 'Babymetal'

Mar 18, 2014

Babymetal "Babymetal"

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It’s not surprising that Babymetal has gone viral. The trio, bringing the seemingly disparate worlds of idol pop and heavy metal together, is a visually striking project perfect for the “weird Japan” fans on the Internet. What’s surprising, however, is seeing Babymetal’s eponymous debut ...