I’ll spare you all the insufferable think piece; my feelings on Babymetal’s trajectory, what Amuse management seems to have in mind and what that all means for other heavy idols looking west are well-documented.
But look: An idol — an 18-year-old singer/dancer/etc. from the Japanese talent machine, someone who could just as easily be doing stage work or traditional idoling or even nothing (given the recent track record of Sakura Gakuin graduates) — who fronts a trio that in turn fronts a brutal and highly technical metal band was just not only named to a list of the world’s biggest rock stars, but was given a very notable place on that list, ahead of some genuine legends.
That’s astonishing. Last year, Babymetal’s sudden spasms of acceptance among the Western rock scene were cool, but you could be forgiven for thinking that it was a novelty, industry people doing industry people things and looking for trends, other performers supported hard-working young women for the sake of it, etc. I don’t think you can think that anymore. The sales are real. The awards are real. The honors, like this, are real.
Does that mean that the crack in the door is real, too? Is Su-metal just the first?