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League of Legends Enlists NewJeans for World Championship Anthem ‘Gods’: Listen

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NewJeans is the latest act to play a part in the League of Legends World Championship. The K-pop stars provided the championship with this year’s anthem “Gods,” making them the first K-pop group in the game’s history to provide a song for the annual event. The track also marks the 10th anniversary of the game’s world championship anthems.

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“Gods” arrived on Wednesday (Oct. 4), alongside a video that features the story of Korean pro player Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu, from his start with playing League of Legends as a kid in high school, to becoming World Champions alongside his team.

The track serves as a departure from the quintet’s nostalgic, R&B-inspired sound and sees the artists delivering the track entirely in English with a backdrop of powerful booming synth instrumentals.

“And they’re singin’ your praises, la-la-la/ Screamin’ your name out la-la-loud/ One more step, you’re immortal now ’cause/ Once you play God, once you play God/ They’re gonna crumble one by one/ Then we gon’ ride right into the sun/ Like it’s the day my kingdom come/ Baby, we’re/ Go-Go-Go-Go-Go-Gods,” the girls take turns singing on the track.

The song is the latest from the K-pop quintet, who released its second EP, Get Up, over the summer. The set debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and is currently in its 10th week on the chart. Over on the Billboard Hot 100, three of the EP’s tracks — “Super Shy,” “ETA” and “Cool With You” — charted at Nos. 43, 81 and 93, respectively. “Super Shy” spent a total of eight weeks on the tally, while the latter two tracks spent one week each.

Listen to “Gods” in the video above.

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