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BTS Co-Writer Ryan Lawrie Signs Publishing Deal With Peermusic UK

Ryan Lawrie
Robbie Bannerman

Ryan Lawrie

As BTS make history by notching the top two slots on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, indie publishing company peermusic UK has signed one of the K-pop group's collaborators -- singer, songwriter and producer Ryan Lawrie -- to an exclusive global music publishing deal.

The Glasgow, UK, native has co-written several songs for BTS, including Map of the Soul: 7's "Inner Child" (which has 52 million Spotify streams) and Map of the Soul: Persona's “Mikrokosmos" (125 million Spotify streams). Lawrie is now working with BTS' label Big Hit Entertainment on the K-pop band ENHYPEN, the winners of Big Hit's reality television competition I-LAND. Lawrie will also release his own debut album under the moniker KOOLKID later this year.

"Ryan is a very talented member of an exciting new generation of songwriters who are blending styles and inspirations from all over the world to pioneer a bold new vision of global pop music," said Nigel Elderton, president of peermusic Europe and managing director of peermusic U.K. "His amazing success with BTS is only a hint of what he’s capable of, and we’re proud to be a part of this exciting chapter of his career."

Added peermusic UK head of A&R Mike Sault: "We’re delighted that Ryan has chosen peermusic to be his publishing partner. He’s an incredibly talented songwriter who has made a big impact in the last couple of years internationally, particularly on his cuts with BTS amongst others as well as carving out an exciting career as a solo artist. We look forward to helping him develop his already impressive songwriting network and skillset to create future classic pop tunes that will stand the test of time."

The signing marks Lawrie's first publishing deal. He joins a roster at peermusic UK that includes recent signings like English singer-songwriter Shayne Ward, Nigerian artist and producer Larry Gaaga, Goldfrapp's Davide Rossi and The Prodigy's Maxim. Meanwhile, as the world's largest global independent music publisher, peermusic's recent signings include Justin Bieber collaborator Poo Bear and De La Ghetto.

"I have dreamed of this moment since I was a kid," Lawrie said. "To sign my first publishing deal with peermusic is everything I’ve been working for and more. I am truly honoured to be part of such an amazing catalogue of writers. Sharing it with some of my all-time favourites. This is where the hard work really begins and I cannot wait to conquer the music industry with peermusic."

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From top left: peermusic UK's Mike Sault; peermusic UK's Dylan Myerscough-Harris; artist manager Kieran Stuart and Ryan Lawrie; peermusic UK's Ralph W. Peer; peermusic UK's Luc Floreani; lawyer Talya Sheldon; and peermusic UK's Nigel Elderton during Lawrie's Zoom signing.