Growing R&B Catalog, Featuring Avant

Bid on these increasing royalties from an R&B catalog highlighted by songs from the Platinum-selling artist Avant.


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Top Bid: kenn g

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: $16,000
Bidding Increment: $1,000
Closing Price: $44,000
End Date: Mar 05, 2018, 3:00 PM MST
Investment Term: Life of author + 70 years
Last 12 Months' Royalties: $8,449
Royalty Type: Public Performance
First Payment: March 2018
Buyer Fees: $500 BMI Payee Account Fee*

*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 catalog features various R&B songs from the early 2000s, highlighted by tracks from Platinum-certified vocalist Avant. What’s exciting is despite being released over 15 years ago, these royalties are growing! This collection of music earned $8,449 in the last 12 months.

The top-earning track to date is Avant’s No. 1 single “Separated,” featuring Kelly Rowland. Released in 2000, “Separated” was off Avant’s debut studio album My Thoughts, which become Platinum-certified. “Separated” hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 23 on the mainstream Hot 100. Impressively, the song is experiencing 16% growth over the last year. This increase is attributable to streaming sources: Pandora, YouTube and Apple Music.

Other Avant titles included are “Makin Good Love” and “Don’t Say No Just Say Yes.” The two song are from Avant’s second album Ecstasy -- combined they bring in 33% of income in the last year. Both tracks are seeing growth during the same time period, thanks primarily to Pandora and Apple Music.

Also part of this catalog are the titles “Nothing In This World” from R&B vocalist Keke Wyatt featuring Avant and “Funky Sounds” a late 90’s track from Lil Bud and Tizone. “Nothing In This World” reached No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in 2002 and has also seen recent growth attributable to streaming sources.

Interestingly, the song “Funky Sounds” earns almost entirely from TV performances. The track is part of the soundtrack for the 1998 comedy Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood. As the winning bidder, every time the film plays on TV or is streamed on Netflix, a royalty is generated and you’ll collect it!

Key Drivers

Song Age. This catalog contains music with release dates going back to 1998! Industry wide, “Deep Catalog” (music released more than 3 years ago) represents 51% of music streamed today. Impressively, this collection of songs aligns with this trend. The highest-earning tracks in the catalog -- like “Separated” -- were released nearly 20 years ago. And yet, these older works are actually experiencing earnings growth over time. A catalog containing more mature works is something is worth noting as an investor.

Streaming. Streaming is the largest source of royalties for this catalog at 75% of income in the last 12 months.  You’ll also see there is a noticeable shift in income sources in the last 12 months to streaming. As an overall industry trend, streaming now accounts for 41% of total listening activity, making it the preferred listening format for music consumers. With streaming as the driving income source for this asset, its surge across the music industry again is significant.

What is being sold?

100% of the seller's interest in the publisher's share of public performance royalties attributable to the seller's catalog of musical works. See the “Financials” tab for a full track list.

How does this asset make money?

Every time “Separated” or any song in this catalog, is played on Pandora, the radio, Sirius XM, or any other type of public performance, you earn royalties. BMI makes payments quarterly and the first distribution you will receive is March 2018.

What rights are included?

  Musical Composition Sound Recording
Copyright included: No
Royalty 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.
Distributed by: 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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