60s Latin Music Sampled by Christina Aguilera

This catalog features the 1960s song “I’ll Be a Happy Man” which was sampled multiple times, most famously on Christina Aguilera’s Grammy-winning hit “Ain’t No Other Man.” You will earn songwriter royalties from not only the original song, but any other works that sampled it.


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Top Bid: Joe V

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: $29,500
Bidding Increment: $500
Closing Price: $32,000
End Date: Mar 13, 2018, 3:15 PM MDT
Investment Term: 10 Years*
Last 12 Months' Royalties: $5,879
Royalty Type: Public Performance
First Payment: April 2018
Buyer Fees: None

*Please see the FAQ tab for more information on the 10-year investment term.


Here is a fantastic example of the value in owning a piece of a musical composition copyright. This catalog of 1960s Latin music features a song that has been sampled several times, most notably in the Grammy Winning hit “Ain’t No Other Man” by Christina Aguilera. In the past 12 months, this catalog generated $5,879.

This auction is for 100% of the seller's share of public performance royalties for the next 10 years. The seller is a co-writer of the 1968 song “I’ll be a Happy Man” by the Latin Blues Band. Since its release in the late 60s, the song’s brass background has been re-released several times in various forms, and was eventually sampled in 2006 on Christina Aguilera’s hit “Ain’t No Other Man.”  

Aguilera’s “Ain’t No Other Man” quickly became a hit. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, peaked at No. 6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The song also charted in several countries including Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. “Ain’t No Other Man” also generates royalties from film and TV. It was used in the movie Get Smart and featured in television shows such as American Idol, The Voice, and more. The song continues to be a steady source of income for the catalog today, with earnings increasing 7% in the last 12 months over the previous.

Because of the use of the sample, the original composition's songwriters are given songwriting credits on these new songs. The original, as well as the new songs, are included in this catalog with “Ain’t No Other Man” being the largest source of income. This means if you win this auction, you will collect royalties for the next 10 years from the original version of “I’ll Be A Happy Man” as well as the songs that sampled it.

Key Drivers

Extended Life through Samples. Because of songwriting credits on sampling tracks like Aguilera’s “Ain’t No Other Man” this catalog has achieved a new life. “Ain’t No Other Man” has become the largest source of royalties for this catalog and effectively extends the earning potential by many more years. It shows the value in the musical composition copyright, where a songwriter can benefit from sample tracks released years after the original songs release.

What is being sold?

10 years of royalty payments derived from 100% of the seller's interest in the songwriter's share of public performance royalties attributable to the catalog of musical works listed in the “Financials” tab.

How does this asset make money?

Every time “Ain’t No Other Man” or any song in this catalog, is played on the radio, Sirius XM, Pandora, or any other type of public performance, you earn royalties. Royalty Exchange will administer royalty payments from BMI quarterly and the first distribution you will receive is March 2018, paid in April 2018.

What rights are included?

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

About the Royalty Distributor

BMI represents more than 10.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 700,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. BMI supports businesses and organizations that play music publicly by offering blanket music licenses that permit them to play more than 10.5 million musical works.

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