Chris Brown's “Grass Ain't Greener”

Collect songwriter royalties from Chris Brown's 2016 R&B hit “Grass Ain't Greener.” Since released, the song has earned $16,146 in the last six months.


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Top Bid: Steve A

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: $30,000
Bidding Increment: $1,000
Closing Price: $38,000
End Date: Jul 12, 2017, 3:00 PM MDT
Investment Term: Life of author + 70 years
Last 6 Months' Earnings: $16,146*
Royalty Type: Public Performance
First Payment: September 2017
Fees: $500 BMI Payee Account Fee*

*This song was released in 2016 and has only collected royalties for two quarters.

*BMI charges a one-time fee of $500 to open a new payee account, which will be debited from the payee's first royalty distribution. Once opened, multiple royalty streams can be routed to the buyer's payee account. If you already have a BMI payee account, there is no fee.


This single-song auction is for public performance royalties from R&B superstar Chris Brown's single “Grass Ain't Greener.” Released in May of 2016, this song has collected two quarters of royalty payments so far, totaling $16,146. The winner of this auction will collect the third royalty check ever for this song, and every check moving forward.

“Grass Ain't Greener” was released as a standalone single. The song received ample radio airplay when it first came out, bringing in 62% of the income in the first two quarterly payments. “Grass Ain't Greener” peaked at No. 15 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart and spent 20 weeks there. The song appeared on the US Billboard Hot 100 and US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs, and charted in Australian and the UK as well.

Almost a quarter of the income to date--24%--comes from streaming royalties. The song boasts over 58 million YouTube views and 92.2 million Spotify plays. Chris Brown has a large reach, with more than 10 million YouTube subscribers and over 16.2 million monthly Spotify listeners.

Key Drivers

1) Radio is frequently a launching point for a song. Songs that get radio play often build a foundation of streaming and other types of income as the radio activity winds down. Looking at the financials, we can see that radio royalties decreased in 2016 Q4 after the first quarter of earnings, but streaming and other sources picked up.

2) Chris Brown is an R&B superstar. He has won over 80 awards including multiple American Music Awards, BET & Billboard awards and a Grammy. Brown has released seven studio albums, five mixtapes and over 100 singles. His latest album, Heartbreak on a Full Moon, is slated for release on July 21, 2017.

What is being sold?

100% of the seller's interest in the songwriter's share of public performance royalties attributable to the musical composition "Grass Ain't Greener."

How does this asset make money?

Every time “Grass Ain't Greener” is played on the radio, Pandora, YouTube, or any other type of public performance, you earn royalties. BMI makes payments quarterly and the first distribution you will receive is September 2017.

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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