2x Platinum Catalog Featuring Nicki Minaj, Fergie & More

This collection features digital-led mechanical, sync and public performance royalties from one of the world’s best-selling music artists—Nicki Minaj, among others.


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Top Bid: Andrew C

Historic royalty income is no indication of future royalty income. Future royalty income is dependent upon future sales and licensing revenue generated by the sound recordings or compositions associated with this listing.

Starting Price: $37,800
Bidding Increment: $1,400
Closing Price: $46,200
End Date: Nov 19, 2018, 1:00 PM MST
Last 12 Months' Royalties: $14,489
Investment Term: 10 years*
Distributors: Universal Music Publishing Group
Rights Included:

Public Performance, Sync, Mechanical

Interests Included:

Songwriter (World)

Track List:

Track List

First Distribution: March 30, 2019
Distribution Frequency: Biannually


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What rights are included?

  Musical Composition Sound Recording
Copyrights included? No
Public Performance
Sources: Internet Streaming, AM/FM & Satellite Radio, Digital Downloads, CD Sales, TV/Film/Commercial Placements & Performances, etc. Internet Streaming, Satellite Radio, Digital Downloads, CD Sales, TV/Film/Commercial Placements & Performances, Samples, etc.
Distributors: Universal


Bid now for your chance to earn from a diverse range of royalty streamings generated by an impressive collection of industry legends, including Nicki Minaj, Fergie, Chris Brown and more.

This listing includes three types of royalty streams—mechanical, public performance, and sync. The upside of this kind of diversity is clear in the last twelve month’s earnings. While sync revenue once made up the majority of earnings, digital sources (streaming and downloads) now dominate at 56%. Digital typically is a more stable royalty stream than sync, and puts the catalog on par with the usage trends of today’s industry.

Also worth noting is that the highest-earning song in the catalog is also the oldest. That song is Nicki Minaj’s 2014 hit “Anaconda.” It received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Song and later won MTV’s Best Hip-Hop Video. The video for “Anaconda,” featuring a collaboration with Drake, also broke streaming records on Vevo, collecting over 19 million streams in 24 hours. The certified 2X platinum track contributes to 60% of this collections historic earnings.

The next-oldest song is the third-highest contributor—“See You Around” by Grammy-winner Chris Brown. Historically, this work contributes to over 21% of earnings. Meanwhile, the newer Fergie release “M.I.L.F $” was released in 2017 and contributes 25% to the catalog’s overall earnings.

Key Drivers

The winner of this auction can receive income from three different royalty streams:

  • Mechanical: Royalties paid to songwriters when music is reproduced, either sold ( CD, vinyl, or digital downloads) or streamed (either on-demand like Spotify or on Internet Radio like Pandora).

  • Performance: Royalties paid to songwriters when music is performed publicly. Music played over the radio, in a restaurant or bar, or over a service like Spotify or Pandora is considered a public performance.

  • Synchronization: Royalties paid to songwriters and publishers for the licensing of a song in music for a movie, TV show, or commercial.

A few notes about each:

Mechanical. The US Copyright Royalty Board recently raised the rates digital music services must pay for mechanical royalties by nearly 44% over the next 5 years. As the winner of this auction, you will benefit from the mechanical rate increases as you collect mechanical royalties.

Sync Licensing. This asset also earns from sync royalties. Synchronization royalties are interesting for a couple reasons. First, they are less dependent on popular trends or radio airplay, as the music is not purchased for fans to enjoy and stream, but to create a mood. And second, the amount paid for the license (to use the music in a TV show or promo) is determined either through a negotiated contract (rather than a regulated system as with Internet radio), or through more recent innovations in online licensing. This catalog is managed by Universal. This means Universal will likely continue to work the songs and look for future placements. Essentially, you will benefit from Universal’s efforts shopping the catalog and collect the up-front sync fees for future placements.

Matching Right

This seller's publisher holds a matching right on any sale of public performance income in this catalog. The publisher will have the opportunity to match the winning bid after this auction closes. If you are the winning bidder, the publisher must first decline their matching right before you will be able to complete your purchase. This process is generally completed within 5–10 business days.

About the Royalty Distributor

Universal Music Publishing Group is a North American music publishing company and is part of the Universal Music Group. Universal Music Publishing is the world's second-largest music publishing company and owns or administers more than 3 million copyrights. They are one of the largest music publishing businesses in the world with more than 43 offices in 36 countries. For more information on Universal Music Group’s distribution schedule, click here and review the schedule related to copyrights.

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