Publishing: Hip-Hop From Timbaland & Drake

Earn from multiple income sources with a catalog featuring one of hip-hop's most legendary producers, Timbaland, as well mega-star Drake!


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Top Bid: Jeremy W

The Theoretical IRR is a formulaic guideline based on an extrapolation of the normalized, historical earnings trend of the catalog. The Theoretical IRR is not a guarantee of future performance. It should be used for comparison purposes only. Each catalog has its own risk factors and the Theoretical IRR is not based upon a specific analysis of this catalog. Click here to view the basis for all Theoretical IRR calculations.

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: $58,000
End Date: Aug 22, 2018, 1:28 PM MDT
Last 12 Months' Royalties: $7,498
Investment Term: Life of author + 70 years

Ingrooves Music Publishing

Rights Included:

Mechanical, Sync, Public Performance

Interests Included:

Publisher (World)

Track List:

Track List

First Distribution: September 30, 2018
Distribution Frequency:


Relist-Eligible? Yes
Buyer Fees:


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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: INgrooves Music Group


Bid now to collect the publisher's share of sync, mechanical, and public performance royalties from hits from Grammy-winning, super producer Timbaland and other pop acts.

The largest income source for this catalog historically is mechanical royalties — publishing royalties earned when music is either physically sold (CDs), downloaded (iTunes), or streamed online (Spotify). These mechanical royalties make up 45% of earnings for this catalog to date.

The highlight of this asset is the title “The Way I Are,” from Timbaland's Platinum-selling album Shock Value. Released in 2007, “The Way I Are” accounts for 62% of last year’s earnings and is certified triple-Platinum. “The Way I Are” reached No. 3 on the on the Billboard Hot 100 and hit No. 1 in several other countries. Even 11 years after its release, “The Way I Are” continues to garner streaming royalties with over 217 YouTube view and 90+ million spins on Spotify.

The other notable title in this collection is “Say Something” by Timbaland featuring Drake. The song was released in 2009 on Timbaland's third studio album Shock Value II. The title brought in 20% of last year’s income. “Say Something” topped two Billboard charts at No. 1: R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Rap Songs, along with No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Key Drivers

Income Mix. The winner of this auction can receive income from three different royalty streams:

  • 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 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.

This catalog’s income mix is fairly evenly split between mechanical and performance royalties. The majority of income in the last year has come from public performance royalties at 50%, with mechanical royalties right behind at 44%.

Increased Mechanical Rates. The US Copyright Royalty Board recently raised the rates digital music services must pay for mechanical royalties by nearly 44% over the next 5 years. Historically, this catalog has earned the majority (45%) of its revenue from mechanical royalties. As the winner of this auction, you will benefit from the mechanical rate increases for the next five years.

About the Royalty Distributor

Ingrooves Music Publishing is an independent boutique publisher, part of the larger Ingrooves Music Group. Ingrooves provides direct registration and collection with societies worldwide along with a suite of creative services from synchronization to A&R. They are directly affiliated with most societies around the world. With teams in LA, NYC, London and Australia, and a catalog of over 50,000 masters and copyrights, their synch licensing service pitches their catalogs across all media including film, TV, advertising, computer games and compilations.

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