NBA YoungBoy's “Valuable Pain” — Songwriter Royalties

This single-song auction features performance earnings from a Platinum single by a rising hip-hop artist.


closing price

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Top Bid: Alberto M

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: $15,000
Bidding Increment: $500
Closing Price: $20,500
End Date: Jul 01, 2020, 3:00 PM MDT
Dollar Age: 1.48 Years
Last 12 Months' Royalties: $10,372
Investment Term: Life of author + 70 years
Distributors: BMI
Rights Included:

Pubilc Performance 

Interests Included:

Songwriter (World)

Track List:

Track List

First Distribution (paid 30 days from receipt): September 18, 2020
Distribution Frequency: Quarterly
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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


Up for bid are songwriter royalties from a single hip-hop track —  “Valuable Pain” performed by up-and-coming artist YoungBoy Never Broke Again (also known as NBA YoungBoy). 

As the winning bidder, you’ll collect public performance royalties for the lifetime of the copyright on this single. 


Not surprisingly, streaming is the track’s dominant income source with 100% of its royalties to date. Apple Music is the top contributing streaming platform with 47% of last year’s earnings, with YouTube and Spotify following. 


The single “Valuable Pain” was released on NBA YoungBoy’s 2018 mixtape Realer. The song was noted as a standout on the tape, going Platinum and hitting No. 40 on Billboard’s R&B and Hip-Hop charts. “Valuable Pain” also cracked into the mainstream Hot 100 at No. 87. To date, the track has over 45 million spins on Spotify while the video has an impressive 154+ million views on YouTube. 

Key Drivers

Hip-Hop & Streaming. Hip-Hop/Streaming. This catalog is a perfect example of two trends: hip-hop and streaming's growth worldwide. According to BuzzAngle's 2019 Year End Report, hip-hop is the most popular genre of music in the U.S. The driver for the increase is streaming. Six out of the top 10 streamed songs were hip-hop/rap and 52 out of the top 100 most streamed songs were hip-hop/rap.

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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