Metafive Cancel New Album Release in the Wake of Cornelius Bullying Controversy

The Japanese supergroup will no longer release their anticipated sophomore effort next month

BY Brock ThiessenPublished Jul 28, 2021

The fallout surrounding Cornelius' bullying controversy has reached new heights today, as the upcoming album by his Metafive supergroup has abruptly been cancelled mere weeks before release.

Today Warner Music Japan announced the group's fast-approaching sophomore album META ATEM has been scrapped and will no longer be released by the label. The album had been scheduled for release on August 11, but that will no longer be the case.

For the unfamiliar, Metafive is the Japanese supergroup that features Cornelius (a.k.a. Keigo Oyamada), as well as Yellow Magic Orchestra legend Yukihiro Takahashi, Towa Tei, Leo Imai and Tomohiko Gondo. META ATEM was set to follow-up their beloved 2016 album Meta.

Metafive confirmed the album cancellation on their Instagram, adding that the band will also be axing various IRL events and their "METAFM" radio program on InterFM897.

While the band did not make mention of the controversy now plaguing Oyamada, there's no question that the decision to cancel the album release comes as a direct result. As previously reported, Oyamada recently stepped down as the composer for the opening ceremony at the Tokyo Summer Olympics after old quotes from the artist resurfaced where in the '90s he talked about bullying classmates back when he was student.

"I sincerely accept the opinions and advice I have received, express my gratitude, and will keep them in mind for my future actions and thoughts," Oyamada said in a statement when resigning from his Olympics role. "I apologize from the bottom of my heart."

You can see Metafive's announcement below.

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