International music artist, YouTube personality, and social media influencer KSI has signed a global recording and publishing partnership with RBC Records/BMG.
KSI (Knowledge, Strength, Integrity) is the professional name of Olajide “JJ” Olatunji, the London, England-born artist who has become one of the top-ranked YouTubers in the world. KSI’s two channels alone host over 28 million subscribers, accumulating a combined six billion-plus views.
KSI and music manager Mams Taylor, President of Premier League Entertainment, have partnered with BMG to further develop his music career in the US and internationally, as both an artist and songwriter. He has three UK Number One releases to his credit and is currently putting the finishing touches on his upcoming new singles, videos and a full-length album. In addition to the upcoming new releases, BMG will be both administering and reissuing his catalog recordings.
In 2015, KSI’s debut EP Keep Up reached Number One on the UK R&B Albums chart and number 13 on the UK Albums chart. The following year, he released his second EP, Jump Around, featuring the singles ‘Goes Off’ ft. Mista Silva, ‘Friends with Benefits’ ft. MNDM, and the title track featuring Waka Flocka Flame. His third EP Space, released in 2017, was followed closely by a fourth EP Disstracktions, which would go on to chart at Number One on the UK R&B Albums chart and number 31 on the UK Albums chart. Earlier this year, KSI released the collaborative album New Age with Randolph, featuring guest appearances from British singer Talia Mar, grime MC Jme and rapper Quadeca. The full-length set would go on to debut at Number One on the UK R&B Albums chart and number 17 on the UK Albums chart.
In addition to his music career, KSI is an amateur boxer and will officially turn pro on Nov. 9 in his first professionally licensed, headlining fight card at Staples Center in Los Angeles (streaming live on DAZN). The fight pits the reigning YouTube Boxing Championship titleholder in a rematch against fellow YouTuber Logan Paul, following their first bout in 2018 that ended in majority draw.