Catalog Featuring Hot Hip-Hop Single

Earn from three royalty streams produced by a hip-hop catalog with the hit track “Ain't I” from Yung L.A., Young Dro and T.I.


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Top Bid: Steve S

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: $11,000
Bidding Increment: $500
Closing Price: $28,000
End Date: Jan 05, 2018, 3:14 PM MST
Investment Term: Life of author + 70 years
Last 12 Months' Royalties: $3,963
Royalty Type: Public Performance, Mechanical, Sync
First Payment: February 2018
Buyer Fees: $250 ASCAP Assignment Fee


This asset earns from multiple income streams and features the hip-hop single “Ain't I” from Yung L.A., Young Dro and T.I. In the last 12 months, this catalog has produced $3,963 in earnings.

Both songwriter and publisher royalties are anchored by the title “Ain't I” performed by Yung L.A., Young Dro and T.I. “Ain't I” brings in 98% of historic royalties. The song is currently experiencing a healthy 48% growth rate in earnings, attributable to streaming sources. On the performance side, radio is the leading driver of royalties (85%), but streaming royalties have grown 29% in the last 12 months.

Released in 2008, “Ain't I” hit. No. 4 on Billboard's Hot Rap Songs and No. 47 on the more mainstream Hot 100. It was also nominated for “Best Collaboration” at the 2009 BET Awards. The catalog also contains titles like “Thank Yo Momma” by Malachiae Warren featuring Migos and “Yeah That's Money” from Lil Ru featuring Rick Ross.

As the winning bidder, you will collect the songwriter's share of public performance royalties as well as the publishing share of sync, mechanical and public performance royalties. See below for further details on the different royalty types.

Key Drivers

This asset earns from various royalty streams. This means the winner of this auction can receive income in multiple ways:

  • Mechanical: Royalties paid to songwriters and artists when music is sold (think CD or vinyl or a ringtone) but also when music is streamed (streaming mechanicals) “on-demand” (like Spotify).
  • Performance: Royalties 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 use of a song as background music for a movie, TV show, or commercial.

This catalog has a well-balanced income mix between performance and mechanical royalties — split with each bringing in 50% of historic income. Music in the catalog also has the possibility to earn an up-front sync fee for use in commercials, TV shows or movies.

Songs that experience significant radio play often build a foundation of streaming and other types of income as the radio royalties begin to slow down. This catalog is a perfect example of this trend. Streaming accounts for just 10% of the catalog's writer's royalties to-date. Although this is a small percentage of overall earnings, streaming is currently demonstrating a healthy fourth-quarter growth rate of 29%.

Want to learn more about the different royalty types? View our guides on mechanical and performance royalties here and sync royalties here.

What is being sold?

100% of the seller's interest in the songwriter's share of domestic (U.S.) public performance royalties and 100% of seller's interest in the publishing share of all royalties attributable to the musical compositions in the seller's catalog. See the “Financials” tab for a full track list.

How does this asset make money?

Every time “Ain't I” or any song in this catalog, is played on the radio, downloaded as a ringtone, or streamed on Pandora, you earn royalties. BMG makes payments quarterly and the first distribution you will receive is February 2018. Royalty Exchange will administer quarterly payments from ASCAP and the first distribution you will receive is January 2018 to be paid in February 2018.

What rights are included?

  Musical Composition Sound Recording
Copyrights included? No
Public Performance
Non-Interactive Streaming
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: ASCAP, BMG

About the Royalty Distributor

ASCAP is the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. It is a membership association of more than 575,000 composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP also represents music creators worldwide through agreements with affiliated international societies.

BMG is a new kind of music company for a new world. A new world which demands that deals are transparent and fair. A new world in which service to artists and writers is key. BMG is the only significant international company to combine publishing and recordings under one roof.

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