Hip-Hop Hits Featuring Chris Brown & More

Collect royalties from Grammy-winning artist Chris Brown’s “Pills & Automobiles” and “Questions”.


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Top Bid: Michael P

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: $23,500
Bidding Increment: $1,500
Closing Price: $29,500
End Date: Apr 03, 2019, 3:00 PM MDT
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Last 12 Months' Royalties: $27,000
Investment Term: 10 years*
Distributors: BMI
Rights Included:

Public Performance

Interests Included:

Songwriter (World)

Track List:

Track List

First Distribution: June 21, 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 listing includes earnings from multiple hit singles featured on Grammy-winner Chris Brown's RIAA certified Gold album, Heartbreak on a Full Moon. The highest earning track is the certified Platinum Chris Brown single, “Pills & Automobiles.” Contributing to over 90% of the earnings, the track itself peaked at No. 46 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

The remaining 8% of earnings in the last year are from “Questions” included on the same album. Released in 2017, “Questions” hit No. 32 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and charted in 16 other countries.

What’s good news for you is Chris Brown is rumored to be releasing a new album in 2019 titled Indigo. 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 first-time listeners and re-engages existing fans.

Additional noteworthy artists featured in this collection include up-and-coming hip-hop idols Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Kodak Black and Yo Gotti.

Key Drivers

Radio Play. Since these songs have only earned royalties for five quarters, it's no surprise that radio is the largest source of revenue. Radio earnings account for 53% of this asset’s earnings in the last 12 months. As the winning bidder, you will collect the radio royalties as they continue to be reported.

It’s important to take into consideration that these radio royalties will begin to fall. However, songs that experience significant radio play can often build a foundation of streaming and other types of income as the radio royalties slow down. For this collection of songs, streaming accounts for 43% of the catalog's royalties thus far.

Streaming. This catalog is a perfect example of two trends: hip-hop and streaming's growth worldwide. According to BuzzAngle's 2018 Year End Report, hip-hop is the most popular genre of music in the U.S. The driver for the increase is streaming. Hip-hop/rap tracks accounted for more than a quarter of all on-demand plays on music streaming services in the US in 2018. Streaming accounts for 40% of this catalog’s earnings over the last 12 months.

Star Power. Chris Brown is a world-famous performing artist with a wide reach. He has over 21 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Chris has been nominated for countless awards, including 15 Grammys and multiple BET awards.

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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