Estelle’s Grammy-Winning Hit “American Boy”

This pop catalog features the double Platinum single “American Boy” from Estelle featuring Kanye West, along with other tracks from Macy Gray and


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Top Bid: Charles D

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Starting Price: $45,000
Bidding Increment: $1,000
Closing Price: $61,000
End Date: Sep 26, 2018, 1:02 PM MDT
Last 12 Months' Royalties:


Investment Term: 10 years*
Distributors: BMI
Rights Included:

Public Performance 

Interests Included:

Songwriter (World)

Track List:

Track List

First Distribution: January 18, 2019
Distribution Frequency: Quarterly
Relist-Eligible? Yes
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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


Invest in this collection of pop music highlighted by the global hit “American Boy” performed by British R&B artist Estelle featuring Kanye West. “American Boy” brought in 85% of this catalog’s royalties in the last year.

Released in 2008, on her second studio album Shine, the breezy disco-funk song became a worldwide hit. “American Boy” charted in 24 countries, reached the top five in 15 countries, and peaked at No. 9 on the U.S. Billboard 100. To date, earnings from the double-Platinum hit come from 78 different countries, led by the UK, U.S., France, Italy, and Germany. “American Boy” also won Best Rap/Song Collaboration at the 2008 Grammy Awards (and was nominated for Song of the Year). To date, the song has nearly 126 million spins on Spotify. 

Interestingly, Estelle’s version of “American Boy” was actually recorded over the instrumental of’s song "Impatient.” This collection also features the title “Impatient,” which is off his third studio album Songs About Girls. “Impatient” accounts for 9% of this catalog’s earnings in the last year. As the winning bidder, you’ll earn from both works, as the songwriter has an interest in both, thanks to the sampling of the original work.

Also included are the songs "The World Is Crazy" (featuring Dante Santiago) from, and Macy Gray’s “What I Gotta Do, and “Coming Back To You." The catalog also features two songs co-written and co-produced by Justin Timberlake off Macy Gray's album Big: "Okay" and "Get Out." Finally, there is "Pose" from Justin Timberlake featuring Snoop Dogg -- a bonus track from the British, Norwegian, and Japanese version of Timberlake's 2006 album FutureSex/LoveSounds.

Key Drivers

Song Age. This catalog contains music with release dates spanning nearly 10 years. This provides a diverse income mix between new(er) releases and more mature works. Industry wide, “Catalog Songs” (music released more than 18 months ago) and “Deep Catalog” (music released more than 3 years ago) together represent over 60% of music streamed today.

This collection of songs aligns with this trend. The catalog’s highest-earning track — “American Boy” — was released nearly 10 years ago. A catalog containing more mature works is something worth noting as an investor.

New Releases. Estelle just recently released a new album Lovers Rock in September 2018. While the new songs are not included in this auction, new releases can help boost an artist's back catalog. The release of new music draws discovery among new fans who are listening to artists for the first time.

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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