Platinum, #1 Hit Song “Lotus Flower Bomb”

Collect public performance, mechanical, and sync royalties from a catalog of songs including the hit rap song “Lotus Flower Bomb” by Wale feat. Miguel.


closing price

Auction Closed

Top Bid: Steve C

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: $90,000
Bidding Increment: $2,500
Closing Price: $107,500
End Date: Jan 17, 2017, 3:00 PM MST
Investment Term: Life of author + 70 years
Last 12 Months' Royalties: $27,552
Royalty Type: Public Performance, Mechanical, Sync
First Payment: March 2017
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.


Here is the chance to collect both songwriter and publisher royalties from a catalog that includes the hit #1 song, “Lotus Flower Bomb” by Wale feat Miguel. In the last 12 months, this catalog generated $27,552 in royalties.

We previously auctioned off record label royalties for “Lotus Flower Bomb,” (you can view that auction here) and now you have the opportunity to collect public performance, mechanical, and sync royalties from “Lotus Flower Bomb” as well as other songs in the seller's BMI and Universal catalogs.

The main earner in this catalog is “Lotus Flower Bomb” which hit #1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in late 2011 and was nominated for Best Rap Song at the 55th Grammy Awards. The song was released in 2011 as the lead single from Wale's second studio album Ambition and the single reached platinum status, meaning over 1 million copies were sold. Today, Wale has over 4.2 million listeners on Spotify and “Lotus Flower Bomb” is his third-most played song with over 31 million streams. The song's YouTube video has been viewed over 29 million times.

BMI and Universal will distribute the royalties to the winner of this auction. BMI distributes royalties quarterly and the next distribution is in March 2017. Universal pays out biannually with the next distribution in April 2017.

What is being sold?

100% of the seller's interest in the songwriter's share of public performance royalties attributable to the musical works in the seller's BMI catalog and 100% of the seller's interest in the publisher's share of mechanical, sync, and public performance royalties attributable to the musical works the seller's Universal Music Publishing catalog. See the “Financials” tab for a full track list.

How does this asset make money?

Every time “Lotus Flower Bomb,” or any song in this catalog, is downloaded, purchased, streamed on the internet, played on the radio, or used in a TV show, movie or commercial, the winner of this auction will earn royalties.

Buyback Option

The seller has the option to repurchase the royalty share from the winning bidder, for three years after the sale, for 150% of the final auction price.

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 Performances, etc. Internet Streaming, Satellite Radio, Digital Downloads, CD Sales, TV/Film/Commercial Placements & Performances, Samples, etc.
Distributors: BMI, Universal Music Group

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.

Universal Music Publishing Group is a North American music publishing company and is part of the Universal Music Group. Universal Music Publishing is the world's second largest music publishing company and owns or administers more than 3 million copyrights. They are one of the largest music publishing businesses in the world with more than 43 offices in 36 countries.


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