NBA YoungBoy's “Valuable Pain” — Publishing Royalties

Up for bid is the publisher’s share of royalties generated from multiple royalty streams by a Platinum hip-hop single.


closing price

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Top Bid: David A

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: $25,000
Bidding Increment: $750
Closing Price: $59,500
End Date: Jul 08, 2020, 1:04 PM MDT
Dollar Age: 1.53 Years
Last 12 Months' Royalties: $15,226
Investment Term: Life of author + 70 years
Distributors: The Administration MP
Rights Included:

Mechanical, Public Performance, Sync

Interests Included:

Songwriter/Publisher (World)

Track List:

Track List

First Distribution (paid 30 days from receipt): August 15, 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, 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: The Administration MP


Earlier this week, we listed the songwriter’s share of public performance royalties for this track — that popular offering can be found here

We are now listing the publishing side — featuring the exact same track, “Valuable Pain” from YoungBoy Never Broke Again. This time, the winning bidder will collect from three types of publisher royalties: mechanical, public performance, and sync for the lifetime of the copyright for the single. 


Royalties are fairly evenly split between mechanical earnings and YouTube. Mechanicals are this catalog’s top source at 58% in the last year, while YouTube brought in 41% of returns. These YouTube royalties consistent of any revenue generated by the song on the YouTube platform, including ad revenue. 


Released in 2018 on NBA YoungBoy’s track mixtape Realer,  “Valuable Pain” was seen as a standout on the record. The song went Platinum, hit No. 40 on Billboard’s R&B and Hip-Hop chart, and No. 87 on the mainstream Hot 100. 

To date, the track has over 45 million spins on Spotify while the video has an impressive 155+ million views on YouTube. YoungBoy has a staggering YouTube following — he’s currently sitting at No. 2 on the YouTube Music chart for the United States. In the last 28 days, his videos have globally amassed a combined 196 million views on the platform, with “Valuable Pain” in the No. 13 spot on his “Top Videos” list with nearly 3.5 million views in the same period.

Key Drivers

Income Mix. The winner of this auction can receive income in various ways:

  • Mechanical: Royalties paid to songwriters and publishers when music is sold (think CD or vinyl) but also when music is streamed (streaming mechanicals) “on-demand” (like Spotify).
  • 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.

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

The Administration MP is a music publishing service for songwriters, producers, beat-makers, and artists. The Administration MP registers, licenses, administers, and most importantly, collects royalties around the world, for their customers.

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