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TOKYO, April 14 — Metal Resistance, the second album from Japanese teenage girl trio, Babymetal, has debuted at No. 39 on the US Billboard Top 200 album chart.
Japan Today reported that it is the first Japanese album to break into the chart’s top 40 in more than 50 years.
Kyu Sakamoto’s Sukiyaki and Other Japanese Hits reached No. 14 in 1963.
Band member Su-Metal said in a statement to Japan Today, “We will use this achievement to boost our confidence so we can continue trying many things only we can try.”
The group, formed in 2010 as a “fusion of heavy metal and Japanese idols,” have been touring North America and Europe since 2014, where they have gained a cult following.
In comparison, the group’s debut album, the eponymous Babymetal, charted at No. 187 on the US Billboard Top 200 in 2014, according to RocketNews24.
Watch their recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert below, where they performed Give Me Chocolate, a track from their first album.