Diverse Catalog of R&B, Pop & Hip-Hop

Bid on this eclectic catalog featuring both songwriter and publisher royalties generated by songs of top artists, including Mary J. Blige.


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Top Bid: mark h

The Theoretical IRR is a formulaic guideline based on an extrapolation of the normalized, historical earnings trend of the catalog. The Theoretical IRR is not a guarantee of future performance. It should be used for comparison purposes only. Each catalog has its own risk factors and the Theoretical IRR is not based upon a specific analysis of this catalog. Click here to view the basis for all Theoretical IRR calculations.

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: $74,000
Bidding Increment: $3,500
Closing Price: $123,000
End Date: Jul 24, 2018, 3:21 PM MDT
Last 12 Months' Royalties:


Investment Term: 10 years*
Distributors: ASCAP, Warner/Chappell Music
Rights Included:

Songwriter (World) and Publisher (World)

Interests Included:

Public Performance, Mechanical, Sync

Track List:

ASCAP, Warner/Chappell

First Distribution:

August 13, 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, 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, Warner/Chappell Music


Up for auction are the mechanical, sync, and public performance rights surrounding a diverse catalog of works ranging from pop to R&B to hip-hop and more. From Mary J. Blige to The Pussycat Dolls to K-pop boy band BtoB, you can earn from a variety of sources and music styles.

Top earner for this catalog is Jaheim track “Never.” Released in 2007 on the certified Gold album Makings Of A Man, “Never” peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. This work alone contributes to nearly 40% of this catalog’s earnings paid by ASCAP and Warner/Chappell over all time.

Other big songs include Trey Songz work “All We Do,” Mary J. Blige’s Track “Strength of a Woman” and The Pussy Cat Dolls single “Taking Over the World.”  “All We Do,” is featured on Trey Songz' best-selling album Trigga, which sold over 14 million copies worldwide.

Mary J. Blige’s track “Strength of a Woman” is off her album of the same name, which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. “Strength of a Woman” contributes to nearly a quarter of both songwriter and publisher earnings in the last 12 months.

Not to be overlooked is “Taking Over The World,” from pop sensation The Pussycat Dolls. The title was included on their final album Doll Domination.

Key Drivers

Income Mix. The winner of this auction can receive income from three different royalty streams:

  • Mechanical: Royalties paid to songwriters and artists when music is sold (think CD or vinyl) but also when music is streamed (streaming mechanicals) “on-demand” (like Spotify). The largest source for this catalog is mechanical royalties and make up nearly 50% of the publishing earnings in the last year.

  • Performance: Royalties paid to songwriters 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 the licensing of a song in music for a movie, TV show, or commercial.

Increased Mechanical Rates. The US Copyright Royalty Board recently raised the rates digital music services must pay for mechanical royalties by nearly 44% over the next 5 years. Historically, this catalog has earned nearly 50% of its royalties from mechanical royalties. What's more is that in the last 12 months, these royalties have seen significant growth over the previous period. As the winner of this auction, you will benefit from the mechanical rate increases for the next five years.

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.

Warner/Chappell Music, the global music publishing company of Warner Music Group, is home to a wide array of legendary songwriters and a rich catalog of contemporary hits and influential standards. With offices in more than 40 countries, Warner/Chappell provides deep expertise across a range of creative services and the most innovative opportunities for songwriters and copyright holders.

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