Meet K/DA, the virtual pop group that teamed up with a fake influencer who made controversial mental health posts (2022)

  • K/DA, a fictional girl group featuring "League of Legends" characters, just released a five-track EP called "All Out."
  • The group, a product of Riot Games, is centered around four "League" champions — Akali, Ahri, Evelynn, and Kai'Sa — and debuted with the single "POP/STARS" in 2018.
  • Real-life artists lend their voices to the project, and a new "League" champion, Seraphine, also appeared in the group's latest music video.
  • Here's a rundown of K/DA, the group's 2018 debut to their collaboration with Seraphine to their most recent release.
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K/DA, the multilingual, virtual girl group from Riot Games, has grown into a full musical force in 2020. Two years on the heels of the fictional group's first release, 2018's "POP/STARS," they're back with a five-track EP, "All Out," and a new roster of collaborators.

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Comprised of versions of four "League of Legends" champions — Ahri, Akali, Evelynn, and Kai'sa — the group first debuted in 2018 in the lead up to the League of Legends World Championship Finals that were held that year in South Korea. In 2020, they're coming back with a full EP, new lore, and a new featured artist: Seraphine, a new "League of Legends" video game champion and virtual influencer.

You don't need to be a "League of Legends" player to enjoy the group's content. Their music and style are heavily K-pop influenced with plenty of modern pop flavor, and the animated music videos that accompany some of their releases are lush and intricate.

Still, for the uninitiated there are a lot of levels to K/DA's existence: the members are virtual and based on "League of Legends" characters, but they're voiced by real-life artists who "collaborate" with the members on music. Throw newcomer Seraphine, a new "League" character who has her own social media presence and featured on the recent K/DA EP, into the mix, and things can become even more confusing.

In 2020, the group has become more than a one-off project. K/DA's first EP, "ALL OUT," dropped on November 6, featuring five songs and a full slate of collaborators ranging from seasoned K-pop songwriter Bekuh Boom to pop artist Kim Petras to Chinese artist Lexie Liu. Here's a rundown of the group, from their 2018 origins to current activities and collaboration with Seraphine.

The group is comprised of 4 'League of Legends' characters with their own K/DA lore

Four characters — or champions, as they're referred to in the game — from "League of Legends" make up the four members of K/DA. However, the members of K/DA are alternate versions of their "League of Legends" characters, and while they bear some similarity to their in-game counterparts, they don't share the same lore.These four characters are the static members of K/DA, and the group's identity revolves around them rather than the real-life collaborators who lend their voices to the project.

While Akali is a rogue assassin in the game, K/DA Akali is the group's main rapper.

—K/DA (@KDA_MUSIC) September 2, 2020

Ahri, a popular nine-tailed fox mage in the game, is K/DA's leader, co-founder, and main vocalist.

—K/DA (@KDA_MUSIC) September 23, 2020

Evelynn, a demonic assassin in-game, is K/DA's lead vocalist and co-founder.

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—K/DA (@KDA_MUSIC) September 11, 2020

Kai'Sa, a marksman champion, is the group's main dancer and choreographer.

—K/DA (@KDA_MUSIC) September 14, 2020

A series of comics, published on the "League of Legends" website, flesh out the members' K/DA backstories a bit, with nods to their in-game lore and personalities.

In K/DA's lore, Ahri brought the group together. Akali carried her K/DA experiences with her to "True Damage," another fictional group from Riot Games that released the single "Giants" in 2019. Evelynn had a solo career before joining K/DA, but stuck true to the group even when people tried to recruit her away from the project. Kai'Sa started dancing as a child while moving frequently around the world with her father and later started teaching dance before being recruited into K/DA.

K/DA debuted in 2018 with the single 'POP/STARS'

Riot Games, the company that develops "League of Legends" and is responsible for K/DA, launched the group in 2018 with a music video for "POP/STARS," an electric dance track sung in Korean and English and featuring real-life singers Soyeon and Miyeon of (G)I-DLE, Madison Beer, and Jaira Burns.

The single was a huge success: two years after its initial release, it has over 390 million views, and at the time, it hit number one on Billboard's World Digital Songs Sales chart. Soyeon, Miyeon, Madison Beer, and Jaira Burns performed the song at the finals of the 2018 League of Legends World Championship in Incheon, South Korea alongside holograms of Akali, Ahri, Evelynn, and Kai'Sa.

As Polygon reported at the time, K/DA's great unveiling also came with a set of skins — in-game cosmetic modifiers — available for purchase, so the in-game Akali, Ahri, Evelynn, and Kai'Sa could look like their popstar counterparts.

The group wasn't necessarily supposed to be an extended project, creative director Patrick Morales told Engadget. After the success of "POP/STARS," however, a follow-up was inevitable, and Riot Games started the process of a comeback in December of 2019.

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Riot Games teased a new champion, Seraphine, by crafting her identity on social media

Seraphine is the newest champion to be associated with K/DA, although she's technically not a member of the group. Like the other members of K/DA, her lore as a new "League of Legends" champion is different from her story that played out on social media, although there are character similarities in both universes.

pre-work work time ✨

A post shared by Seraphine (@seradotwav) on Jul 25, 2020 at 8:42pm PDT

In the game, she's an idol who can hear the souls of others and uses her voice to try and heal the rift between her home city of Piltover and rival city Zaun, from which her parents hail. In the K/DA universe, she's an aspiring singer who worked a day job until K/DA discovered her, invited her to collaborate, and took her with them to perform in Shanghai (the site of this year's real "League of Legends" world championship).

Seraphine's rollout started with social media. As Polygon reported, the character had accounts on Soundcloud, Twitter, and Instagram before she was even officially tied to "League of Legends," although fans suspected that she was associated with the game long before it was confirmed. She released covers, commented on other artists' work on Twitter, and posted selfies with her cat on Instagram.

In August, she dropped a cover of K/DA's "POP/STARS" (after previously telling followers to "stan kda") and later revealed that she would be "helping to produce [K/DA's] album" and featuring on a track. On October 28, Riot Games released a music video for "More," a K/DA single featuring Seraphine.

Seraphine's social media presence has drawn criticism

As much as Seraphine has tweeted about her music or excitement to collaborate with K/DA, she's also posted about her mental health and struggles with confidence. At points, she's solicited encouragement, posted art of kind words that people have passed along to her, and tweeted about being sad that she had to quit her day job.

—Seraphine⭐🌊 (@seradotwav) October 11, 2020

Vice's Gita Jackson called the Seraphine marketing "beyond perverse." Fictionalizing things like quitting your day job to pursue a dream hit different during a global pandemic that's led to significant job loss, she wrote, also arguing that Seraphine's self-esteem issues don't come across as attempting to open a dialogue, but rather to reinforce fans' parasocial relationship with the character.

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Similar critiques emerged on Twitter as well in the replies to Seraphine's tweets. "People are actually sending heartfelt messages to a fictional character created by a gaming company worth billions of dollars for the sole purpose of marketing," Twitter user @KeroKeroBug wrote in the replies to Seraphine's tweet asking for encouragement.

Polygon's Julia Lee reported that Seraphine's campaign was run by Riot Games creative director Patrick Morales, but that all of her tweets were written by Bethany Higa, a writer at the company. Higa told Polygon that much of Seraphine's story was based on her own experience coming to Riot Games.

"I personally experienced self-doubt. I personally experienced imposter syndrome and all those things," Higa told Polygon. "The intention behind the story was the show that sense of hope, that sense of persistence, and show her growing in confidence and overcoming those struggles and those fears she might have."

Morales told Polygon that the team realized that the story "had an unintended impact outside of the narrative that we were trying to tell" and that they were being conscious about what kinds of topics could potentially "hurt or mislead people."

K/DA released a five-track EP in November, featuring a wide variety of vocal talents

On November 6, Riot Games released K/DA's first EP, titled "All Out." The album features the trilingual single "More," which is sung in English, Korean, and Mandarin and brings together the vocal talents of Soyeon and Miyeon of (G)I-DLE, Madison Beer, and Jaira Burns, all of whom lent their voices to 2018's "POP/STARS." Seraphine, as well as Chinese artist Lexie Liu, joined the track as well.

Four other tracks inspired by the members — "The Baddest," "Villain," "Drum Go Dum," and "I'll Show You" — round out the album. The collaborator roster grew as well: Bea Miller, Wolftyla, Kim Petras, Aluna, Bekuh Boom, Annika Wells, and four members of Korean girl group TWICE (Jihyo, Nayeon, Sana, and Chaeyoung) lent vocals to the album in addition to the "More" singers.

Toa Dunn, the head of Riot Music Group, told Engadget that the goal of K/DA at this point is to create impact rather than generate revenue.And while K/DA does have a full-fledged merch collection, but the fandom response to the group isn't hard to see, with people creating fanart of the members, posting their own covers of the group's songs, and even participating in cosplay challenges on TikTok.

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FAQs

Is KDA still active? ›

K/DA was developed by Riot Games, the company behind League of Legends, and was unveiled at the 2018 League of Legends World Championship with an augmented reality live performance of their debut single, "Pop/Stars".
...
K/DA
GenresK-pop EDM
Years active2018–present
LabelsRiot Games Stone (Korea)
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Is KDA a real band? ›

K/DA, a fictional girl group featuring "League of Legends" characters, just released a five-track EP called "All Out." The group, a product of Riot Games, is centered around four "League" champions — Akali, Ahri, Evelynn, and Kai'Sa — and debuted with the single "POP/STARS" in 2018.

Why was KDA made? ›

The group, K/DA, is how Riot is promoting League of Legends' new line of character cosmetics for four champions: Ahri, Akali, Evelynn and Kai'Sa. Each champion was given a special backstory that goes with their skins, as well as a real-life counterpart during the opening ceremony at Worlds.

Did Madison quit KDA? ›

Madison Beer isn't in the band anymore

She also voiced Evelynn in K/DA, but not anymore.

What does KDA stand for? ›

KDA stands for "Kills, Deaths, Assists". In most games it's simply (kills+assists)/deaths , but for Halo, it appears to be. (K+(A/3)-D)/GamesPlayed.

What are KDA fans called? ›

On September 28, it was announced that their fanbase is called BLADES.

Was KDA successful? ›

It was hugely successful, peaking at number one in the iTunes K-pop chart and number two in the all-encompassing pop chart. The track also rose to the top of Billboard's World Digital Song Sales chart. At the time of writing, the music video has close to 390 million views on YouTube.

Who is KDA based on? ›

The group was originally based on four real-life stars: SOYEON and MIYEON from (G)-IDLE, Madison Beer and Jaira Burns. But the four characters in the group — Ahri, Kai/Sa, Evelynn and Akali from “League” — will feature vocal performances from a mix of artists instead.

Are Evelynn and Akali canon? ›

Canon. Akali and Evelynn never interacted in the original timeline since they are from different nations. Akali is a rogue assassin from Ionia while Evelynn is a demon who lures in prey with the voluptuous façade of a human female, but once a person succumbs to her charms, Evelynn's true form is unleashed.

What language does KDA speak? ›

Her entire character and abilities are based around music. In the League of Legends universe, she is a singing superstar in the city of Piltover, with her floating stage that is powered by a crystal. In the K/DA universe, she is a Chinese-American living in Los Angeles, and sings in both English and Chinese.

Who is the fifth girl in KDA? ›

Leaks indicate Seraphine to be fifth K/DA member.

Why is KDA so popular? ›

Why is KDA so popular? In League of Legends, K/DA is a fictional band from an alternate universe where they became famous for their POP/STARS music video and, later, their song Goodbye. Fans of K/DA are represented by the crowd watching the girls put on a show for everyone.

Is KDA a one hit wonder? ›

Within League of Legends, the supergroup is getting a series of champion skins, and has had an interview with an in-universe music magazine written as a short story. And musically, Riot is determined that K/DA shall not be a one-hit wonder.

Who is the leader of KDA? ›

AHRI // As the leader, founder, and main vocalist of K/DA, Ahri graces the stage with confident charm. The calm center of the group, she values authentic self-expression and encourages her team to do the same.

What mental illness does Madison have? ›

Madison Beer has opened up about being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, praising the community she has met since starting treatment. The singer, 21, has spoken publicly about her mental health struggles and tackles them on her debut album, Life Support.

Are Madison and Nick dating? ›

every day with you feels like im dreaming, which i might be. i love you. forever n ever n ever <3. Even though Madison started touring for her album Life Support in October, she and Nick didn't let the road stop them and are still going strong.

Is Madison Beer a KPOP Idol? ›

Awe, I don't-- I wouldn't consider myself a k-pop idol, but I did a K-pop song/feature with this group called KDA for "League of Legends", which is a video game, and we did this little girl group with-- Actually, I did it with a K-pop band called (G)I-DLE, which, they're amazing and incredible.

What is a negative KD? ›

When most people say "Negative K-D ratio," they mean, less than one. E.G. 1 kill and 2 deaths. What they mean here is a K-D ratio of less than one, which is certainly a bad score, but still positive.

What does KDA mean ML? ›

KDA is an abbreviation of Kill, Death, Assist which is a statistic in every game. Now for those of you who want high KDA, this time several ways so you can increase KDA in Mobile Legends quickly.

Is KDA important in LoL? ›

How Significant is KDA? KDA is one of many ways we can assess a players' performance – it's especially meaningful at lower levels of play, or in egregiously bad cases. If you have a remarkably bad average KDA over a long series of games, that probably indicates you die too much.

What are Moa fans called? ›

MOA stands for Moments Of Alwaysness, meaning that TXT and their fans gather together one fragment of our dream to complete a dream, one dream. What do you think about TXT's official fandom name? Are you a MOA?

Who is the youngest KDA member? ›

Akali is the youngest and newest member of K/DA. She was discovered at the age of 15 in an infamous rap battle that went viral.

How much is K da worth? ›

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The live Kadena price today is $1.25 USD with a 24-hour trading volume of $3,095,388 USD.

Is 3 KDA good lol? ›

Instead, it's better to compare the average KDA for individual Champions, where anything above a 2:1 kill-death ratio is considered good.

What ethnicity is KDA? ›

K/DA hopes to take their music around the world in a global tour. Half Korean and Half American girl group.

Who from twice is in KDA? ›

TWICE members Jihyo, Nayeon, Sana, and Chaeyoung performed as the voices of the virtual girl group K/DA for the first time!

Is KDA popular in Korea? ›

2. The song's popularity highlights just how much of a cultural force video games have become in South Korea and around the world. The game that K/DA is promoting, “League of Legends,” claimed 100 million monthly active players in 2016.

Did TF date Evelynn? ›

When she got a rework, Riot decided to change her lore as well. This means in her old lore she did have a relationship with Twisted Fate, hence why skins like Tango Twisted Fate and Evelynn exist, but this relationship is not canon anymore and not part of Evelynn's champion lore.

Is Evelynn LoL succubus? ›

Plus, she might've been an assassin in the world of Runeterra, but in reality (or at least in-game) she didn't always play like one. New Eve is still a shadow assassin, but she's also a demon. A succubus demon.

Does Akali have a crush on KAYN? ›

Kayn/Akali: Akali have a huge crush on Kayn. He think she's cute. Also, Kayn think of her more of a sister than a lover.

How do you pronounce KDA? ›

How to pronounce kda - Vocab Today - YouTube

When did KDA Ahri come out? ›

K/DA Ahri
ChampionAhri
RP1350
Release2018-11-03
ArtistAlvin Lee Pan Chengwei Bo Chen
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What is KDA in lol? ›

What is KDA? Contrary to the name, your KDA equals (kills+assists)/deaths. If you haven't died, KDA=kills+assists. You don't get to see the number on League's post-game screen, but many third-party services use it to assess one's performance.

How old is Seraphine from KDA? ›

Seraphine is 17 years old (as of 996 AN). Stage Presence's double cast represents a technological overcharge of her stage.

Does KDA have a future? ›

KDA's price prediction is possible by analyzing historical price action, current developments and social sentiment from the community. Kadena price prediction 2022: Kadena's price for 2022 according to our analysis should range between $0.18 to $0.28 and the average price of KDA should be around $0.23.

Was KDA successful? ›

It was hugely successful, peaking at number one in the iTunes K-pop chart and number two in the all-encompassing pop chart. The track also rose to the top of Billboard's World Digital Song Sales chart. At the time of writing, the music video has close to 390 million views on YouTube.

Is KDA a one hit wonder? ›

Within League of Legends, the supergroup is getting a series of champion skins, and has had an interview with an in-universe music magazine written as a short story. And musically, Riot is determined that K/DA shall not be a one-hit wonder.

Who is the youngest KDA member? ›

Akali is the youngest and newest member of K/DA. She was discovered at the age of 15 in an infamous rap battle that went viral.

How much is a 2030 polygon worth? ›

How much will Polygon be worth in 2030? Our market forecast indicates that by 2030, MATIC could reach a new all-time high of $8.68.

Can Kadena reach 1000$? ›

No, our prediction model sees no possibility for Kadena to reach $1000 in the short or mid-term period.

What will CRO be worth in 2030? ›

Cronos price prediction May 2030: Cronos's price for May 2030 according to our analysis should range between $6.01 to $6.91 and the average price of CRO should be around $6.46.

What does KDA stand for in K-pop? ›

There's a variety of Easter eggs included in the music video and concept art that only League fans will pick up (for instance, K/DA is an in-game term that stands for kills, deaths, and assists).

Is 3 KDA good lol? ›

Instead, it's better to compare the average KDA for individual Champions, where anything above a 2:1 kill-death ratio is considered good.

Why is KDA so popular? ›

Why is KDA so popular? In League of Legends, K/DA is a fictional band from an alternate universe where they became famous for their POP/STARS music video and, later, their song Goodbye. Fans of K/DA are represented by the crowd watching the girls put on a show for everyone.

How much money does a one-hit wonder earn? ›

But they're not the only ones. The website Celebrity Net Worth estimated that Don ("American Pie") McLean earns $300,000 in combined royalties every year while Gerry Rafferty earned $100,000 a year off his 1978 song "Baker Street."

What is the number 1 one-hit wonder of all time? ›

#ARTISTTITLE
1Los Del RioMacarena [Bayside Boys Mix]
2Soft CellTainted Love
3Dexy's Midnight RunnersCome on Eileen
4Right Said FredI'm Too Sexy
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What is the biggest selling one-hit wonder? ›

Below are the 11 top-selling one-hit wonders of all time, ranked by how many times platinum their singles went:
  • Desiigner, "Panda" — 5x platinum. ...
  • Silentó, "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" — 6x platinum. ...
  • Passenger, "Let Her Go" — 6x platinum. ...
  • Survivor, "Eye of the Tiger" — 8x platinum. ...
  • Gotye, "Somebody That I Used To Know (feat.
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Are Evelynn and Akali canon? ›

Canon. Akali and Evelynn never interacted in the original timeline since they are from different nations. Akali is a rogue assassin from Ionia while Evelynn is a demon who lures in prey with the voluptuous façade of a human female, but once a person succumbs to her charms, Evelynn's true form is unleashed.

Who is the fifth girl in KDA? ›

Leaks indicate Seraphine to be fifth K/DA member.

What language does KDA speak? ›

Her entire character and abilities are based around music. In the League of Legends universe, she is a singing superstar in the city of Piltover, with her floating stage that is powered by a crystal. In the K/DA universe, she is a Chinese-American living in Los Angeles, and sings in both English and Chinese.

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