This past Friday, Babymetal released their sophomore album, Metal Resistance, the first time one of their albums has come out simultaneously worldwide. And while it remains to be seen how the reception will be in the United States, the act are already breaking records in the UK, another one of their biggest markets. The band started their world tour in London, where they played a sold-out show at Wembley Arena. And if you visit London any time soon and see people walking around in Babymetal gear, there’s a reason why, as the band broke the one-day record for merchandise sales in the history of the venue. The show was also streamed live to Japan, which the band’s Su-Metal commented on:
“With our Wembley show we managed to unite UK and Japan, and we all became one together. It was an awesome feeling.”
In other UK record-breaking news, Metal Resistance appears headed for a top ten debut on the sales charts. The UK midweek album chart has the album at #7, which is the highest-ever entry by a Japanese band. How is it going to do in America? Well, they’ll be appearing on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert tonight, so that’s got to count for something. It’ll be their first American TV appearance.
[via Metal Hammer]