EXO's Baekhyun Participates in RIOT GAMES' New Virtual Band "HEARTSTEEL" with Reimagined LEAGUE of LEGENDS Champions

Leading video game developer and publisher Riot Games today revealed HEARTSTEEL, an all-new virtual band starring reimagined versions of beloved League of Legends champions Ezreal (vocalist), Kayn (rapper, instrumentalist), Aphelios (instrumentalist, songwriter), Yone (producer), K’Sante (co-leader, vocalist), and Sett (co-leader, rapper). HEARTSTEEL is the latest group to debut from Riot Games Music (RGM), which is known for being a leader in virtual artistry with fan-favorite acts including K/DA, Pentakill, True Damage and more.

HEARTSTEEL is a group of dynamic daredevils dedicated to unapologetic individuality and creative expression. Their mission is to blaze a path to success on their own terms. The group’s personality and sound draws inspiration from modern music collectives, and a range of influences from across genres and eras, culminating in a bold, one-of-a-kind identity. HEARTSTEEL’s character-forward songwriting and relentless energy are encapsulated in their upcoming debut single, “PARANOIA.”

“Riot’s virtual artists have been some of the most innovative and beloved music moments for our players. The idea of an all-male band has long been speculated on by fans and we’re so excited to bring this fantasy to life. HEARTSTEEL is a deep collaboration between all our talented in-house creative teams and some incredible new artists. The ethos of HEARTSTEEL is a supergroup of musical soulmates greater than the sum of its parts - a philosophy that our community embodies every day through their dedication to our games.”

- Maria Egan, Global Head of Music & Events at Riot Games Entertainment.

HEARTSTEEL will feature collaborations with renowned musical artists from a variety of genres: BAEKHYUN as Ezreal, ØZI as Sett, Tobi Lou as K'Sante and Cal Scruby as Kayn

BAEKHYUN is a member of the K-pop group EXO and SuperM, and is recognized as one of the top vocalists in K-pop. His previous credits include three successful mini-albums (City Lights, Delight, and Bambi) as a soloist, as well as various standalone singles and OSTs. Particularly noteworthy is his global popularity, marked by achieving his 9th million-seller record, encompassing both group and solo albums.

Cal Scruby is a Los Angeles based rapper best-known for his clever lyrics and quirky visuals. His music touches on relatable topics with an array of sports references and self-deprecating humor. In addition to Riot, he has previously partnered with top brands including the NFL, EA Sports, and Ciroc Vodka.

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Taipei, ØZI rose to stardom through his illustrious career in the Mandarin music scene. His versatility as a singer-songwriter, music producer, performer, and creative director has earned him countless accolades in the industry. His debut album "ØZI: The Album" was recognized with six nominations at the prestigious Golden Melody Awards, the highest honors in Mandarin music, and he was also awarded "Best New Artist."

Tobi Lou is a multi-talented artist who has made a significant impact on the contemporary music scene. Born in Nigeria but raised in Chicago, Lou has carved out a unique lane for himself, where he fuses elements of hip-hop, R&B and pop with undeniable melodies. His breakout single, "Buff Baby," garnered him significant attention and positioned Lou as an artist to watch.

HEARTSTEEL joins the ranks of Riot’s chart-topping virtual artists whose music spans across all genres. Prior to creating HEARTSTEEL, RGM launched record-breaking, global pop supergroup K/DA, featuring League of Legends champions Ahri, Kai’Sa, Evelynn and Akali. The group’s debut single “POP/STARS” was recently certified Platinum by the RIAA, and its music video became the most successful debut for a K-pop group in YouTube history with over 560M YouTube views to date. Additionally, RGM also developed heavy metal band Pentakill, who have amassed over 460 million monthly listeners on Spotify and more than 200 million streams across DSPs. RGM also established a presence in hip-hop with the virtual group True Damage, whose music has reached over 165 million streams across DSPs. All three acts have performed live at the League of Legends World Championships throughout the competition’s history. Songs by all virtual artists are included in RGM’s robust catalog of over 750 songs, which has over 10 billion streams across DSPs. 

Fans can watch the “PARANOIA” music video on YouTube or listen to the track on all major listening platforms starting on Monday, October 23 at 8:00AM PT.

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Ciera Reeves

Ciera is the founder of KpopWise. She has been a fan of Korean pop culture since 2005 and writing about it since 2009. Her bias groups are VIXX and OnlyOneOf. She is a 2nd-3rd generation K-pop fan, but she is actively keeping up with the current artists. twitter instagram

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