Chris Brown's Platinum “Grass Ain't Greener”

Invest in songwriter royalties from Chris Brown's 2016 R&B hit “Grass Ain't Greener.”


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Top Bid: Jason H

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Starting Price: $19,600
Bidding Increment: $500
Closing Price: $29,600
End Date: Jul 02, 2019, 3:00 PM MDT
Dollar Age:

3.23 Years

Last 12 Months' Royalties: $5,611
Investment Term: Life of author + 70 years
Distributors: BMI
Rights Included:

Public Performance 

Interests Included:

Songwriter (World)

Track List:

Track List

First Distribution: (paid 30 days from receipt):

September 20, 2019

Distribution Frequency: Quarterly
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: BMI


This single-song auction offers public performance royalties from R&B superstar Chris Brown's Platinum hit “Grass Ain't Greener.”

Released in May of 2016, “Grass Ain’t Greener” was the lead single from Brown's eighth studio album, Heartbreak on a Full Moon. Thanks to the initial success of “Grass Ain’t Greener,” there was a spike in earnings in Q3-2016 from significant radio airplay and streaming income. After that, royalties have leveled off and remain rather consistent averaging $1,400/quarter for the last year.

In the last 12 months, it’s no surprise that streaming is the track’s leading income source, with 47% of revenue. To date, “Grass Ain’t Greener” has an impressive 149 million spins on Spotify, while the video has over 40 million views on YouTube. The song is also showing strong international income — accounting for 41% of royalties last year — and these earnings are up 13% year-over-year.

“Grass Ain't Greener” peaked at No. 15 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart and spent 20 weeks there. The song also appeared on the Hot 100, the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs, and charted in Australia and the UK.

Key Drivers

New Releases & Tour. Chris Brown just released a new single with Justin Bieber on June 25, 2019, ahead of his upcoming ninth studio album Indigo. He also has a massive summer tour on the books — INDIGOAT TOUR — headlining at some of the country’s largest venues with dates through October 2019.

While the new songs are not included in this auction, new albums and headlining tours can certainly boost an artist's back catalog. The release of new music can lead to discovery among first-time listeners and re-engage existing fans.

About the Royalty Distributor

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) is one of four United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP, 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 BMI’s distribution schedule, click here.

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