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An unlikely but fascinating collision of kawaii J-pop and heavy metal, Tokyo's BABYMETAL features SU-METAL (Suzuka Nakamoto), MOAMETAL (Moa Kikuchi), and YUIMETAL (Yui Mizuno). The trio began as a subgroup of Sakura Gakuin, a more traditional-sounding J-pop act whose members leave the group once they graduate from junior high school. Taking their name from producer Kobametal's concept that BABYMETAL marked the birth of a new genre, the group arrived in 2011 with the song "Doki Doki Morning," which introduced their mix of sugary vocals and melodies with pummeling riffs and drums. Their first indie single, BabyMetal × Kiba of Akiba, debuted at number three on Oricon's weekly indie chart in early 2012; later that year, the limited edition of another single, Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!, came with a neck corset to ease listeners into headbanging. BABYMETAL's first major-label single, Ijime, Dame, Zettai, arrived in January 2013 and entered Oricon's Weekly Singles Chart at number six after selling 19,000 in its first week of release. Later that year, the Megitsune single and the live video Live: Legend I, D, Z Apocalypse set the stage for the release of BABYMETAL's self-titled album and lead single "Gimme Chocolate!" in early 2014. Soon after its release, BABYMETAL made the Top Ten of online rock charts as well as some digital chart lists in six other countries. That March, the trio became the youngest group to play the Budokan.