Catalog Featuring Gold & Platinum Artists

Earn royalties from big names in music: Avril Lavigne, Elle King, Daughtry, Gavin Degraw, Christina Perri, Karmin and The Cab.


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Top Bid: Troy E

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: $27,000
Bidding Increment: $1,500
Closing Price: $81,000
End Date: Jan 30, 2018, 3:04 PM MST
Investment Term: Life of author + 70 years
Last 12 Months' Royalties: $13,713
Royalty Type: Sound Recording Performance
First Payment: May 2018
Buyer Fees: None


This catalog’s got star power! It features Grammy-nominated, multi-Platinum and Gold-selling artists ranging from country to rock to pop. In the last year, this asset generated $13,713 in royalties.

Aside from the catalog’s well-known artists, it also earns from a unique source. The seller is a background musician on these recordings and receives non-featured performer digital performance royalties. AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund -- a non-profit organization that distributes royalties to session musicians and background vocalists -- pays this catalog's royalties annually.

This collection is comprised of 14 songs from eight different artists. Beginning with the largest income source, we have “America’s Sweetheart” from soulful country-pop artist Elle King. The song brings in 23% of historic income. Released in 2016, the track reached No. 14 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 and No.10 on Hot Rock Songs. The track is her second most popular on Spotify with over 24 million spins.

Avril Lavigne’s “Here’s To Never Growing Up” follows with 21% of the catalog’s revenue. The Platinum-certified track charted in 23 different countries and has garnered 62 million plays on Spotify to date. Rounding out the top three-earning titles is the Platinum-selling “Waiting For Superman” from the contemporary rock band Daughtry with 19% of royalties.

Another noteworthy track included in this sale is “Human” from Christina Perri. Arguably, the most successful single in the catalog, it went double-Platinum, hit No. 10 on Billboard Hot 100 and has over 127 million spins on Spotify. Finally, there is “Acapella” by Karmin with 17% of royalties and “Best I Ever Had” performed by pop-rock songwriter Gavin Degraw.

Key Drivers

Streaming. This catalog contains two of the top three most-streamed genres of 2017. According to BuzzAngles 2017 Music Report, rock titles were the second most-streamed songs at 19.3%, with pop titles as the third most-streamed songs with 15.6%. Since the vast majority of these AFM & SAG-AFTRA royalties come from digital streaming (like Spotify and Pandora), it’s worth noting that the titles are among the top three most-streamed genres.

What's more, on-demand stream activity industry-wide is up 58.7%. Streaming makes up 41% of total listening activity, making it the preferred listening format.

Included Artists. Not surprisingly, the star power within this catalog is an attractive feature. Avril Lavigne is an eight-time Grammy-nominated artist with over six-million monthly listeners on Spotify. She is also slated to release a new album (her first in four years) sometime in 2018, which can have a positive effect on an artist’s back catalog.

Elle King is rising star with her debut studio album Love Stuff and a fellow Grammy-nominee. Daughtry is a multi-Platinum selling group that currently has a tour scheduled through April 2018. A tour can help reinvigorate existing fans and bring in new listeners. This catalog contains a diversity of artists and their accompanying accolades.

What is being sold?

100% of the seller's interest in the non-featured performer's share of royalties attributable to select sound recordings in the sellers catalog of works. See the “Financials” tab for a full track list.

How does this asset make money?

The vast majority of royalties come from digital streaming on platforms like Spotify, Pandora, Google Play, and Sirius XM Radio. Each year, AFM & SAG-AFTRA calculates the share of the total royalties for songs included in this catalog, collected for the non-featured performers’ fund and distributes royalties accordingly. AFM & SAG-AFTRA makes payments once a year at the end of April. Royalty Exchange will administer the payments to the winner of this auction on a yearly basis and the first distribution you will receive is April 2019 to be paid in May 2010.

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, etc.
Distributors: AFM & SAG-AFTRA

About the Royalty Distributor

The AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund is a non-profit organization that distributes royalties to session musicians and background vocalists. In 2016, they distributed around $60 million in royalties.

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