Babymetal become highest charting Japanese band ever on the Official Albums Chart (UK)
It’s been a big week for Japanese group Babymetal. After becoming the first act from Japan to headline a massive show at London’s Wembley Arena last week (April 2), the rock trio have now set a new record on this week’s Official Albums Chart.
The all-female group’s latest album Metal Resistance debuts at #15, making them the highest-charting Japanese band in Official Albums Chart history.
Babymetal comprise of 18 year old Suzuka Nakamoto and 16 year olds Yui Mizuno and Moa Kikuchi - aka Su-metal, Yuimetal and Moametal - and the majority of their music is sung in Japanese. Metal Resistance is the band's second album, following their 2014 self-titled debut.
In its near 60-year history, entries from Japanese acts on the albums chart are far and few between. The last was 41 years ago, when Electronic producer Tomita reached #17 with “Snowflakes Are Dancing” in 1975.
Elsewhere, Yoko Ono, who scored a #3 hit with John Lennon in 1984 with their “Milk And Honey – A Heart Play” album, while Ryuichi Sakamoto reached #36 with the “Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence” soundtrack in 1983.
Babymetal's chart feat isn't the only record the band have set this week. Following their Wembley Arena gig last weekend, they broke the record for the highest sales of merchandise for a one-day event in the history of the venue.
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