Pop, EDM, & Indie

Bid on this catalog that features varied genres and earns from multiple income sources.


closing price

Auction Closed

Top Bid: Harry 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: $92,000
Bidding Increment: $3,000
Closing Price: $119,000
End Date: Jun 04, 2018, 3:04 PM MDT
Last 12 Months' Royalties: $36,646
Investment Term:

10 years*



Rights Included:

Mechanical, Public Performance, Sync

Track List:

Track List

First Distribution:

September 2018

Distribution Frequency:




Buyer Fees:


*Please see the FAQ tab for more information on the 10-year investment term.

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: Sony/ATV


Collect royalties from a diverse catalog of music with active publisher support. This collection of songs spans from indie-pop to EDM and has enjoyed numerous TV placements from 2011 to present.

As the winner of this auction, you will collect the publisher's share of sync, mechanical, and public performance royalties. The unique thing about this catalog is that the largest income source is syncs — royalties paid to songwriters and publishers for use of a song as background music for a movie, TV show, or commercial. Sync fees account for 95% of this collection’s earnings in the last 12 months.

For example, the title “Such A Colorful World” was featured in a promotional campaign for Swatch in 2013. “I’m Thinking Sunshine” was used in a 2014 Yoplait commercial and in a 2011 promo for the TLC series 19 Kids and Counting TLC. All these titles are performed by the indie duo Max and Simon.

“Talkin’ About Family” was recently picked up as the theme song for the Up Network TV series Bringing Up Bates. The title is the catalog’s highest-earning song in the last year, with 80% of income. Other notable placements include: “More, More, More” used in Cadbury commercials in the UK, Australia, and Canada, as well as a 2011 CBS network promo and "Feels Like Love" from a CBS network holiday campaign in 2016.

One final interesting note about this collection is it contains a more commercial work: “Pop Bottles” from hip-hop/EDM Sky Blu. The song charted at No. 20 on Billboard’s Hot Dance and Electronic Songs.

Key Drivers

Sync Licensing. This asset earns primarily sync royatlies: 90% of historic earnings. Synchronization royalties are interesting for a couple reasons. First, they are less dependent on popular trends or radio airplay, as the music is not purchased for fans to enjoy and stream, but to create a mood. And second, the amount paid for the license (to use the music in a TV show or promo) is determined either through a negotiated contract (rather than a regulated system as with Internet radio), or through more recent innovations in online licensing.

This catalog is managed by Sony/ATV. This means Sony/ATV will continue to work the songs and look for future placements. Essentially, you will benefit from Sony/ATV’s efforts shopping the catalog and collect the up-front sync fees for future placements.

Income Mix. This auction is for three different royalty streams for the catalog. This means the winner of this auction can receive income in multiple ways:

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

  • Performance: Royalties 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 use of a song as background music for a movie, TV show, or commercial.

Want to learn more about the different royalty types? View our guides on mechanical and performance royalties here and sync royalties here.

What is being sold?

Ten years of royalty payments derived from 100% of the seller's interest in the publisher's share of mechanical, sync, and public performance royalties attributable the seller's Sony/ATV catalog. See the “Overview” tab for a full track list.

How does this asset make money?

Every time “Talkin’ About Family” or any song in this catalog is licensed for a TV show or commercial, downloaded online or streamed on-demand, the winner of this auction will earn royalties.

Royalty Exchange will administer the twice a year payments from Sony/ATV. The next distribution is in September 2018, which will be paid to the winning bidder by Royalty Exchange in October 2018.

Unless the buyer opts out of the opportunity, this listing will automatically be relisted as a "Buy It Now" sale at a premium over the closing price. The relisted asset will remain live until it is purchased, or until its first royalty distribution. This gives the winning bidder the chance to earn an immediate return on the asset while awaiting the first royalty payment.

About the Royalty Distributor

Sony/ATV Music Publishing is the world’s largest music publishing company with a network of 37 offices in 29 cities and 22 countries across the globe. Headquartered in New York, the company was set up in 1995 as a joint venture between Sony Corporation and Michael Jackson’s publishing company, and now owns or administers more than 3 million copyrights. It became a solely-owned Sony company in 2016. Since 2012 Sony/ATV has administered EMI Music Publishing, further extending the reach of the songs, songwriters, and artists it represents.

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