The K-Pop Twitter-sphere went into a frenzy when SEVENTEEN’s Vernon responded to American singer-songwriter Charli XCX’s public offer to collaborate with the boy group. However, this isn’t the first time the industries have collided like this. We are here to tell you about seven western artists who have written for K-Pop acts. Let’s take a look!
Bebe Rexha and SHINee’s ‘Lucifer’
SHINee‘s break-out single ‘Lucifer,’ released eleven years ago, was co-written by pop hitmaker Bebe Rexha when she was only a teenager. But, little did she know, the song would end up becoming one of the most iconic songs in K-Pop, thanks to SHINee.
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Jade Thirlwall and TWICE’s ‘First Time’
Little Mix member Jade Thirlwall co-wrote TWICE‘s 2021 b-side track ‘First Time,’ from their summer comeback album Taste Of Love. Thirlwall worked with British producer duo Red Triangle, who has also worked with 5 Seconds Of Summer, The Vamps, James Arthur, and many more! No wonder it’s so catchy.
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PRETTYMUCH and EXO’s ‘Paradise’
To create the heavenly R&B b-side from their special album Don’t Fight The Feeling, EXO collaborated with PRETTYMUCH members Brandon Arreaga and Edwin Honoret. Though this wasn’t PRETTYMUCH’s first taste of K-Pop – the group has also released their own song, ‘Up To You,’ featuring NCT Dream.
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5 Second Of Summer and Super Junior D&E’s ‘Teenage Queen’
Australian pop-rock band 5 Seconds of Summer (who we at THP love!) wrote a track off of Super Junior D&E‘s Japanese album in 2015. 5SOS initially recorded the song ‘Teenage Queen.’ The demo can be found floating on the internet but was eventually sold to SM Entertainment and turned into a Japanese b-side for Donghae and Eunhyuk.
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Zara Larsson and TWICE’s ‘More & More’
Originally known as ‘Back & Forth,’ TWICE‘s summer hit ‘More & More’ was a demo written by pop star Zara Larsson. The song was eventually rearranged by producer MNEK and released by the girl group. TWICE stayed true to Larsson’s style and sound, even in the final version.
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Carly Rae Jepson and f(x)’s ‘When I’m Alone’
This one is a rare gem, especially since f(x)‘s discography as a whole is extremely underrated. Their critically-acclaimed final album 4 Walls, ‘When I’m Alone’ is a synthpop track that Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen initially wrote during recording sessions for her third studio album, Emotion. It didn’t make the cut and eventually landed in S.M. Entertainment.
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Ed Sheeran and BTS’ ‘Make It Right’
Featuring some of Ed Sheeran‘s signature soft-soul gestures, ‘Make It Right’ was a songwriting collaboration between BTS members Suga, RM, and j-hope. Re-released featuring Lauv, ‘Make It Right’ is a perfect summer pop radio track worthy of being a viral K-Pop hit.
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