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."