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League of Legends own K/DA releasing debut album this November

After a two year break, the virtual K-pop group will drop its first album at the end of the World Championships.

Chris Button
Chris Button
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League of Legends own K/DA releasing debut album this November

K/DA, the virtual K-pop troupe of "POP/STARS" fame starring various League of Legends characters, is releasing their first album, All Out, on 6 November.

This news follows K/DA's first new music in two years, with the virtual quartet dropping "THE BADDEST", a beat-heavy braggadocio bop back in August, and since teasing more tracks for the upcoming EP on social media.

For the uninitiated, K/DA exploded onto the League scene in 2018 with a dazzling performance of "POP/STARS" at the League of Legends World Championships, impressively combining live performers alongside augmented-reality characters.

"POP/STARS" was an absolute hit, racking up nearly 380 million YouTube views and over 150 million Spotify streams. It even garnered widespread popularity outside of its League origins, appearing as a free DLC track on VR rhythm game Beat Saber, where it is objectively the best track slightly ahead of Noisestorm's "Crab Rave".

K/DA — made up of League characters Ahri, Akali, Evelynn and Kai'Sa — mixes English and Korean vocals into one sweet sound, with a combination of singing and rapping.

Various real-life performers provide the singing voices for the characters, including (G)I-dle lead vocalist Miyeon, (G)I-dle rapper Soyeon, Madison Beer who has since been replaced by Bea Miller, and Wolftyla stepping in for Jaira Burns.

Naturally, K/DA have become super popular within their own game, with plenty of in-game content and cosmetic skins available for players to show their K-pop devotion.

Look at these absolute queens.

Pictured from left-to-right: Akali, Kai'sa, Sera, Ahri, Evelynn.

With new music on the way, it wouldn't be a stretch to think K/DA will be making an appearance at the 2020 Worlds — where Australia's Legacy recently competed — ahead of the group's EP. A recent tweet using the tournament's hashtag via the official K/DA account indicates it's a pretty safe bet.

In the meantime, you can read K/DA's webcomic series to learn more about the characters and the lore behind the music — what a time we're living in.

For now, I'm going to dust off the VR and practice my "POP/STARS" dance moves in Beat Saber, and chuck "THE BADDEST" on repeat — for research, of course. Ain't nobody bringing me down down down down...

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Chris Button

Chris is an award-nominated writer based in Adelaide who specialises in covering video games and technology. He loves Donkey Kong Country, sport, and cats. The Last Jedi is the best one, no questions

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