Alternative Rock Catalog Featuring Yellowcard

Collect royalties from pop-punk band Yellowcard’s most popular albums Ocean Avenue, Lights And Sounds and more.


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Top Bid: Cliff B

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Starting Price: $41,500
Bidding Increment: $1,100
Closing Price: $56,900
End Date: Jun 19, 2018, 3:07 PM MDT
Last 12 Months' Royalties: $11,409
Investment Term: 10 years*
Distributors: ASCAP
Rights Included:

Public Performance

Interests Included:


Track List:

Track List

First Distribution:

July 2018

Distribution Frequency: Quarterly
Relist-Eligible? Yes
Buyer Fees:


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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: ASCAP


Up for auction is the extensive back-catalog of pop-punk band Yellowcard. This auction includes their most popular albums Ocean Avenue, Lights And Sounds, Paper Walls and more. In the last 12 months, this catalog has shown positive trending growth driven by streaming.

Cited as one of the most influential pop-punk albums of all time, Ocean Avenue, contains some of this catalog’s highest-earning songs, including “Ocean Avenue,” “Only One,” “Way Away” and more. Collectively, they contribute to over 41% of this catalog’s all-time earnings.

In 2004, the album’s hit-single “Ocean Avenue” was certified double platinum by the RIAA, selling over 2.5 million copies. That same year, the music video for the song was honored with the “MTV2 Award” at the MTV Video Music Awards. Currently, the video has nearly 30 million plays. The single contributes to 28% of this catalog’s historical earnings and grew 52% in the last 12 months.

The more recent album Paper Walls peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 in 2007. Its first and only single—“Light Up The Sky”—is another of this catalog’s highest earners, contributing nearly 7% historically and growing 12% in the last 12 months.

Finally, Yellowcard’s fifth-studio album Lights And Sounds entered the Billboard 200 at No. 5, and earned a No. 1 spot on the Alternative Album chart. The top earning song from this album is the hit single “Lights And Sounds” which contributes to 6% of this catalog’s historical earnings. Released in 2006, the track continues to trend upwards, growing in popularity by 62% over the last 12 months.

Key Drivers

Streaming. Earners in this catalog include “Ocean Avenue,” “Only One,” “Lights And Sounds” and more. Any time one of these tracks is streamed on Spotify, Pandora, or Apple Music, you earn! On the streaming platform Spotify, Yellowcard has over 2.2 million monthly listeners. Top earner “Ocean Avenue” itself has nearly 83 million streams. Yellowcard is featured on a handful of Spotify curated playlists including “Pop Punk Powerhouses” and “Emo Forever.” These featured playlists have nearly 300,000 followers collectively. This is good news for you, as it exposes Yellowcard to new listeners & potential fans. In the last 12 months, streaming grew 47%.

Radio. It is worth noting that this catalog has generated radio royalties since One For The Kids was released in 2001. Since the release of Ocean Avenue in 2003 and Lights And Sounds in 2006, the catalog collected nearly $15,000 of premium radio royalty plays. In fact, radio royalties made up 29% of the revenue last year, and the earnings were over 100% higher than the previous year.

Longevity. “Ocean Avenue” was written more than 15 years ago and has been collecting royalties for nearly as long. This demonstrates the longevity and impact Yellowcard has had on alternative rock worldwide. Industry-wide, Catalog Music (music released more than 18 months ago) and Deep Catalog (music released more than 3 years ago) together represent over 60% of music streamed today.


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 is process is generally completed within 5-10 business days.

About the Royalty Distributor

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is one of four United States performing rights organizations, along with BMI, SESAC & Global Music Rights. It collects license fees from music users on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. For more information on ASCAP’s distribution schedule, click here.

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