Pop Superstars + Nickelodeon Soundtrack

Earn public performance royalties from songs recorded by Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Pitbull, and more. Also included are five tracks from the popular soundtrack to Nickelodeon's original movie Rags.


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Top Bid: Tyler D

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: $4,500
Bidding Increment: $250
Closing Price: $20,500
End Date: May 19, 2017, 2:06 PM MDT
Investment Term: Life of author + 70 years
Last 12 Months' Royalties: $2,195
Royalty Type: Public Performance
First Payment: June 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.


This auction features some of the biggest names in pop music. The catalog includes songs recorded by Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Pitbull, and LL Cool J. It also includes five songs from the hit soundtrack to Nickelodeon's original movie Rags. The full catalog earned $2,195 in the last four quarters.

The highest earning song in this catalog is “Make Me,” the 2009 single from Janet Jackson. “Make Me” reached #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs chart in 2009. The catalog also includes “Don't Keep Me Waiting” by Britney Spears, “Mr. Worldwide” by Pitbull, and “Between the Sheetz” by LL Cool J.

Also, a significant portion of the catalog's earnings come from tracks off of the soundtrack to Nickelodeon's original movie Rags, released in 2012. Four of the top six earning songs in this catalog are songs from the Rags soundtrack, which reached #1 on iTunes' soundtrack chart. You'll earn royalties each time one of those songs is streamed online, but you'll also earn royalties every time Rags airs on TV or is streamed online. In fact, Rags is scheduled to air on Teen Nick this Friday, May 19 at 8pm ET.

Earnings for this catalog have increased in each of the last two years. In fact, the three reported quarters for 2016 have already earned more than all four quarters in 2015.

Key Drivers

  1. Pop Superstars. Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, and Pitbull, to name a few. The tracks mentioned above by these artists have all been earning since at least 2011. And the catalog also includes newer releases, like “Night” by Janet Jackson from 2015 and “New Bae” by Vic Mensa from 2016.
  2. Rags Performances. Although songs from the Rags soundtrack do earn from streaming on Spotify and Pandora, the majority of their income comes from the movie airing on TV. Five years after its release, Nickelodeon still airs Rags on its family of networks. In fact, you can catch it on Teen Nick this Friday night at 8pm ET.

What is being sold?

100% of the seller's interest in the songwriter's share of public performance royalties for the musical compositions in the seller's catalog of songs administered by BMI. See the “Financials” tab for a full track list.

How does this asset make money?

Every time “Make Me” or any song in this catalog is played on the radio, streamed online, or performed publicly, you earn royalties. You also earn royalties every time Rags airs on TV or is streamed online. BMI makes payments quarterly and the first distribution you will receive is June 2017.

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

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.


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