New Hip-Hop Earnings from Streaming

This collection shows significant growth due to streaming sources as well as the addition of new works, including multiple tracks from Chris Brown’s recent album Heartbreak on a Full Moon.


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Top Bid: Warren L

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: $12,000
Bidding Increment: $700
Closing Price: $16,200
End Date: Jan 15, 2019, 1:00 PM MST
Last 12 Months' Royalties: $6,781
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
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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


Bid now and earn from a range of new and older releases dating back to 2015. The top two earning tracks for are “Heartbreak On A Full Moon” and “No Exit,” both released on Chris Brown’s most recent album titled Heartbreak On A Full Moon. The new releases contribute to 60% and 16% of earnings in the last 12 months, respectively.

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.

While these new releases drove the majority of earnings over the last 12 months, this collection also includes previously released tracks as well. They include Chris Brown’s “Kae,” Snoop Dogg’s “3s Company,” and Jamie Foxx’ “Dozen Roses.” Together, they contribute to the remaining 24% of earnings in the last 12 months, and over 40% of this asset’s total lifetime earnings.

Key Drivers

Hip-Hop/Streaming. This catalog is a perfect example of two trends: hip-hop and streaming's growth worldwide. Hip-hop overtook rock in 2017 as the most popular genre of music in the U.S. and now accounts for 31% of all music consumption. The driver for the increase is streaming.

According to Rolling Stone, total consumption of Urban songs (Hip-Hop/Rap and R&B) by both streams and sales grew by 18% in the first half of 2018. Streaming accounts for 86% of this catalog’s earnings over the last 12 months and these earnings are up significantly in the same period.

Radio. Radio is one of the largest historic sources of revenue for this catalog, accounting for 9% of total royalties. Although radio royalties are still being generated, they eventually level off. Typically, songs that experience significant radio play can often build a foundation for other types of income.

Case in point: streaming. Historically, streaming brought in 77% of royalties. In the last 12 months, however, streaming accounted for 86% of royalties. Streaming royalties are also seeing a significant increase over the last 12 months. So as we're seeing as the radio royalties begin to slow down, other income sources (streaming) begin to increase.

International. The portion of this catalog’s earnings come from abroad — at 12% of historical earnings. Although international royalty distribution can lag behind domestic payments and arrive with limited detail, as the winner of this auction you’ll be entitled to any past performance royalties paid by BMI, regardless of when they were earned.

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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