Symphony of destruction? Okay, sure, but make it cute. With their mix of candy-coated hooks and drum blasts seemingly forged at the gates of hell, BABYMETAL has emerged as a hard rock group that melds their native Japan’s kawaii aesthetic and J-pop theatrics with the pyrotechnics and ground-and-pound of American metal. Already a sensation back home, the duo has even toured internationally with some of the biggest stars in the genre, including their idols Metallica. Here, a profile of the enigmatic entertainers, in numbers.
22: Age of BABYMETAL’s oldest member Suzuka Nakamoto, also known as Su-metal.
20: Age of BABYMETAL’s youngest member Moa Kikuchi, also known as Moametal.
14: Moametal’s age when BABYMETAL headlined their first arena show.
3.5: Number of years it took to write their latest album, last year’s Metal Galaxy.
55,000: Number of people who attended BABYMETAL’s biggest ever show, at the Tokyo Dome.
26,386: Number of miles BABYMETAL’s have flown during their 2019 tour.
2–3: Number of times they’ve hung out with Slash.
17: Number of times they’ve opened for Red Hot Chili Peppers on The Getaway World Tour.
0: Number of times they’ve publicly discussed the mysterious 2018 departure of their founding member, Yiumetal.
24: Number of awards they’ve won, including three for Most Devoted Fans at the Loudwire Music Awards.
1: Number of spirit animals that inspire the band’s lyrics (they claim to be the chosen ones of Kitsune the Fox God).
8: Number of styles of fox masks sold as tour merchandise. (It’s their thing. We don’t really get it.)
1: Number of newlyweds who have walked down the aisle to a BABYMETAL song (that we know of).
8: Number of hours spent practicing the choreography for their viral hit, “Gimme Chocolate.”
111,361,821+: Number of views on YouTube for the “Gimme Chocolate” music video.
100+: Number of Instagram fan accounts devoted to Moametal and Su-metal.
53: Number of years between the last Japanese act to crack the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 and BABYMETAL doing so in 2016.
1: Number of fire-breathing chickens that appear in the graphic novel Apocrypha: The Legend of Babymetal.
This article appears in the March 2020 issue of Interview Magazine. Subscribe here.
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