27 Sep The Idol Formerly Known As LADYBABY: Pinky! Pinky! – Out Now!
Japan’s international rule breaking duo The Idol Formerly Known As LADYBABY release their third maxi-single Pinky! Pinky! today. The group has gained media attention across the globe for their cute style mixed with heavy metal influences, and have achieved over 33.5 million views on YouTube as well as experiencing sold out shows in New York, Los Angeles and Cologne.
Pinky! Pinky! features three new songs and will be available through JPU Records with an exclusive snapback cap and poster with lyric translations and transliterations, as well as a collectible music download card. To celebrate, The Idol Formerly Known As LADYBABY’s back catalogue is also now available to stream for the first time.
Feisty title track Pinky! Pinky! is produced by tatsuo (BABYMETAL, Golden Bomber) and has just had its video go online. Directed by Pink-ja-nakutemo (Sigur Rós, Momoiro Clover Z), with outfits designed by Tokyo trendsetters Kanae Higashi and CLEARSTONE, Pinky! Pinky!’s music video sees Rie and Rei survive a zombie invasion at their school.
Wielding nothing but a baseball bat, a blood-soaked spade and a kick-arse attitude, the rebellious pair pinky promise that they’ll always have each other’s back. When they finish off the remaining living-dead, they go and chill out in a playground while wearing gasmasks (after all, they’re too young to go to the Winchester, have a nice cold print, and wait for all this to blow over).
The release also includes speedy pop-rock blast Me! Me! Me!, serving a sarcastic look at narcissism on social media. Closing track Generation Hard Knocks, produced by Takashi Asano (Bleach, Detroit Metal City, Akiba’s Trip), offers a rare glimpse into Rie and Rei’s sensitive side with a guitar ballad centred around the frustrations of growing up.
Formed of Rie Kaneko and Rei Kuromiya, the twosome were originally part of a three-person unit known as LADYBABY who had a number of popular music videos. Debut release Nippon Manju went instantly viral upon its release in 2015 and has accumulated more than 19 million hits on YouTube, and been subject to popular YouTube channel FBE’s “React” series, where there have been over two million plays of the episode “Elder React to LADYBABY”. Some of the elders’ comments include; “[It’s like] Hello Kitty meets Slayer”, “phenomenally silly” and “I don’t like it!”.
The Idol Formerly Known As LADYBABY
01. Pinky! Pinky!
02. Me! Me! Me!
03. Generation Hard Knocks
04. Pinky! Pinky! -off vocal ver.-
05. Me! Me! Me! -off vocal ver.-
06. Generation Hard Knocks -off vocal ver.-
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