Publishing Royalties: K-Pop & J-Pop Catalog

Invest in multiple income streams generated by music from K-Pop and J-Pop genre leaders.


closing price

Auction Closed

Top Bid: thomas v

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: $18,000
Bidding Increment: $500
Closing Price: $26,500
End Date: Jan 13, 2020, 3:09 PM MST
Dollar Age:

2.03 Years

Last 12 Months' Royalties: $5,748
Investment Term: Life of author + 70 years

Universal Music Publishing Group Scandinavia

Rights Included:

Mechanical, Public Performance, Sync

Interests Included:

Songwriter/Co-publisher (World)

Track List:

Track List

First Distribution (paid 30 days from receipt):

March 16, 2020

Distribution Frequency: Biannually
Buyer Fees:

1% of closing price or $500 (whichever is greater)

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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: Universal Music Publishing Group


This international pop collection features publishing earnings from popular K-Pop and J-Pop artists. As the winner of this auction, you will collect mechanical, public performance, and sync royalties for this global catalog.

The largest income source is mechanical royalties — publishing royalties earned when music is either physically sold (CDs), downloaded (Apple Music), or streamed online (Spotify). This mechanical income makes up 63% of earnings for this catalog in the last year. It’s also worth noting that public performance revenue is up considerably year-over-year. 

The highest-earning track is the 2017 release “100 Degrees” from J-Pop group The Rampage from Exile Tribe with 37% of last year’s revenue. “100 Degrees” is off the group’s self-titled 2018 album, and the song peaked at No. 11 on Billboard’s Japan Hot 100. 

Other top-producing titles include: “Cherish” from South Korean boy band Exo-CBX and “Only (You)” performed by South Korean girl group Twice. Combined the two songs brought in 49% of last year’s revenue. “Cherish” was off Exo-CBX’s debut album, Hey Mama! which sold 275,000 copies in 2016, becoming the highest-selling album by a sub-unit in 2016 on South Korea’s Gaon Chart. You’ll notice a spike in earnings for "Cherish" in 2017, as a result of the mechanicals from those album sales. 

Key Drivers

K-Pop Genre. 2018 was the year of K-pop’s undeniable rise to a globally recognized industry, according to Forbes. Korean pop acts first began to go viral over a decade ago with the emergence of YouTube. As a result, the Korean music industry has grown in recognition and popularity in both Asia and around the globe. K-Pop now has an audience in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and South America, and other Asian markets, including Japan.

According to IFPI 2019 Music Listening Report, K-Pop is now ranked as the seventh most- popular genre globally. This is rather notable as the 2018 report published in October 2018 did not include K-pop in their top genre list, suggesting that the K-Pop revolution may have only just begun. You could benefit from the genre’s potential rising popularity with this catalog. 

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

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

  • 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.

About the Royalty Distributor

Universal Music Publishing Group Scandanavia (Sweden) a 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. For more information on Universal Music Group’s distribution schedule, click here and review the schedule related to copyrights.

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