Riot Games Amps Up the Celebration on the Launch of Wild Rift in Southeast Asia With Two New Music Collaborations

Greetings from Riot Games Southeast Asia! To celebrate the Regional Open Beta of League of Legends: Wild Rift, the highly anticipated mobile multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), Riot Games Southeast Asia has launched two music collaborations - '555' with Thai artists FIIXD, Younggu, DIAMOND MQT, MARINA and Mona V, and 'ALL IN', with Indonesian electronic and synth pop trio Weird Genius.


Weird Genius' 2020 hit single 'Lathi' went viral earlier this year, generating over 330 million video views and topping the Spotify Indonesia charts as the #1 most listened-to song for six consecutive weeks. 'ALL IN', the latest track from Weird Genius, features fast-paced beats that mimic the high energy, team-based gameplay of League of Legends: Wild Rift, promising players an infectious soundtrack to their best plays. The track also features vocals by Singaporean Singer-Songwriter Tabitha Nauser, who made her R&B-Pop debut in 2017 with her single 'Bulletproof', which peaked at #1 on Spotify's SG Viral 50 chart.


LYRICS:
Walking on this road
You know just where to go
You follow, your heart and soul

Moments passing by
Don’t know until you try
It’s your moment to shine

The fire that’s inside
Is waiting to ignite
Just hold tight (yeah yeah)

The fire that’s inside
Adventures left and right
Get ready to fight

Stars align
We run and jump and grind
We will never be blind
Promise I will give my all in
Never leave my friends behind

Stars align
We run and jump and grind
We will never stay blind
Towers breaking and they’re falling (yeah falling)
Going all or nothing

BRIDGE
It’s yours to hold
Never wanna lose control
It’s yours to own
Time to bring it all home

It’s yours to hold
Never wanna lose control
It’s yours to own
Time to bring it all home
Time to bring it all home
Time to bring it all home


'555', a common expression for laughter in Thai, is also an acronym for League of Legends and serves as the inspiration behind this Wild Rift celebratory track. '555' was produced by five-time 'Rap Is Now' Producer Of The Year NINO, the hitmaker behind songs including 'เป็นไรไหม?' - OG-ANIC X LazyLoxy and 'พักก่อน' - MILLI. The '555' music video was directed by DirectorNET.

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We wanted to create something special and locally exciting for our players in Southeast Asia, and we’re very thrilled to have worked with partners who share the same passion for games to produce these songs. We hope that players everywhere will gain a deeper appreciation of each other’s cultures, and enjoy these upbeat tracks while playing Wild Rift!” said Marc Johns, Head of Marketing Southeast Asia, who led the team behind several of Riot’s League of Legends: World Championship anthems including ‘RISE’, and ‘Legends Never Die’. Both ‘555’ and ‘ALL IN’ were co-produced with Riot Games Southeast Asia’s agency partner, Madeviral.

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League of Legends: Wild Rift is the skills-and-strats 5v5 MOBA experience of League of Legends, built from the ground up for mobile and console. With fresh controls and fast-paced games, players of every level can team up with friends, lock in their champion, and go for the big plays. The game is currently available in Southeast Asia on the Google Play and App Store.

Reza Oktovian, Eka Gustiwana, Gerald Liu; the three now known as Weird Genius started making music together in 2016. Each used to work on their own projects. Soon as they merge, they transmit everything they excel at into this collaborative venture. They draw inspirations from everywhere; what is coming out of love to life, social to gaming. The group self-describe their music as hard, upbeat, pumping, crazy-drop. This sound style is something they consciously develop since the beginning.

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In short time, Weird Genius has gained instant recognition from EDM fans and accumulated over hundreds of millions of streams through digital music platforms. As much as they enjoy putting time and effort in creating new tracks, they anticipate having to perform and experience direct energy from the audience. Every year, the group participated in local and international standard events, including Viral Fest Asia Festival Bangkok 2017, Soundrenaline Bali 2018, Local Act for Yellow Claw’s Indonesian Tour 2018, Sky Garden Bali 2018, Local Act for The Chainsmokers Live in Concert Jakarta 2018, SHVR Jakarta 2018 & 2019, and many more. Weird Genius has released electronic tracks experimenting with various genres and teamed up with other musicians such as DOLF (Barong Family), Prince Husein, Midnight Quickie.

The trio deliberately keep on raising the bar, aiming to extend the name Weird Genius on the world map. As artists, they continue to evolve and explore the diversity in music production. One of the identities they wish to carry, and progress is injecting Indonesian traditional elements into their materials.

On February 28, 2020, Weird Genius released the song "Lathi" featuring Sara Fajira on YouTube and viral at social media specially on TikTok with over 330 million views. Some of Weird Genius's achievements with their song "Lathi" in 2020 include: #1 on Spotify Indonesia Top 50, #2 on Spotify Viral Top 50 Global, #1 on Spotify Viral Top 50 Indonesia, #1 in iTunes Indonesia Top 200, #1 in Deezer Indonesia Top 300, #1 in JOOX Indonesia Top 100, #1 on Resso Top 30 Global, #1 on Resso Indonesia Top 20, #1 on TikTok Global 20, on #1 Shazam Chart Indonesia and topped song dates on some of the top radio stations in major cities in Indonesia.

On June 30, 2020, Spotify released a press release stating that the song "Lathi" has broken a new record as a local song that has topped the #1 longest chart for 6 consecutive weeks on Spotify Indonesia's Top 50 Chart.

On July 31 2020, Weird Genius collaborated on a single with Yellow Claw, a renowned duo Dutch DJ and featuring Reikko with the title track "HUSH".

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On August 18 2020, Weird Genius officially signed with one of biggest American EDM record labels Astralwerks for international music activities and Weird Genius are the first Asian group who got signed to the label. With this, several international collaborations and projects are now in the works including collaborations with other labels such as Monstercat.

In recent news, Weird Genius got nominated for 5 categories at 23rd AMI Awards (Indonesian Music Awards 2020) including Song of the year, Best Production, Best Artist Collaboration, Best Team Collaboration and Best Dance Song of the year.

Featured Artist: Tabitha Nauser

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Based in Singapore and born to Swiss-Indian parents, Singer-Songwriter Tabitha Nauser made her R&B-Pop debut in 2017 with her single “Bulletproof” peaking at #1 on Spotify’s "SG Viral 50"chart and #4 on the iTunes “SG Top Charts” for all genres. Since then, she has released a steady stream of singles, collaborating with amazing talents from the UK, USA, Australia and the region.

A multi-faceted artist, Tabitha has delved into the world of Fashion, Television, Radio and Theatre to high acclaim. She has also performed on multiple stages and

festivals such as the Mosaic Music Festival, Shine Festival, Music Matters Singapore, and the F1 Singapore Grand Prix, including a rare opportunity to perform at the White House in Washington DC for President Obama’s State Dinner.

In 2018, Tabitha collaborated with internationally acclaimed Dutch DJ Trap Duo Yellow Claw, which saw her further catapulted into the global spotlight with the track “Crash This Party”.

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In 2019, Tabitha released “Don’t Let Me Drown”, which she worked on with two-time Ivor Novello Award winner and Grammy nominated producer, Sacha Skarbek. The second half of 2019 saw Tabitha release her long-awaited debut mini EP titled “Things I Should Have Said” and she featured in ‘Singapore Social’, an unscripted docuseries set in Singapore and broadcast by Netflix. This Netflix Originals television series follows the lives of young Singaporeans as they defy expectations and traverse the tricky terrain of career, romance and family in Singapore and briefly, Los Angeles. it is notable for being the first docuseries with an all-Asian cast based in Asia for global release.

Fresh off the back of ‘Things I Should’ve Said”, Tabitha signed to the ANTIFRAGILE MUSIC label, headed by Tom Sarig.

The first half of 2020 saw Tabitha travelling to London and Los Angeles to work with the likes of Dan Caplen (Jess Glyne, Macklemore, Rudimental), Aston Rudi (Mahalia, Stormzy), Tushar Apte (BTS, BLACKPINK, Noah Cyrus), just to name a few. The result of those writing camps is Tabitha’s second single of 2020, titled “Vices”, written by Tabitha Nauser, Tushar Apte, Louie Salmon and Zev Troxler, produced by Tushar Apte.

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ABOUT RIOT GAMES

Riot Games was founded in 2006 to develop, publish, and support the most player-focused games in the world. In 2009, Riot released its debut title, League of Legends, to worldwide acclaim. League has gone on to be the most-played PC game in the world and a key driver of the explosive growth of esports. As League enters its second decade, Riot continues to evolve the game while delivering new experiences to players with Teamfight Tactics, Legends of Runeterra, VALORANT, League of Legends: Wild Rift, and multiple work-in-progress titles. Riot is also building the world of Runeterra through multimedia projects across music, comic books, board games, and the upcoming animated series Arcane. Founded by Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill, and led by CEO Nicolo Laurent, Riot is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, and has 2,500+ Rioters in 20+ offices worldwide.

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